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Friday, May 23,2014

Federal water legislation passes House

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (412 to 4) approved a water resources reform legislation package that supporters say cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the infrastructure project delivery process, fosters...

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Friday, May 23,2014

Legislation introduced to ensure state management of sage-grouse

by WLJ
Last week, United States Representatives Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced legislation to the House, along with Senator Enzi’s (R-WY) companion legislation in the Senate, that would prohibit the Department of Interior’s U.S.

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Monday, May 19,2014

Government land grab fears gaining

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Over 50 state leaders from nine states gathered earlier this month to take a stand against the ongoing long-term federal land grab and discuss plans to gain state control. The recent standoff in Nevada seems to have drawn some national attention to a topic that has been ongoing.

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Monday, May 19,2014

Studies look at algae as nutritional feed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Feed costs for cattle operations has always been the largest expense for producers, and finding new low cost feedstuffs and supplements continues to be a challenge.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Proposed updating of National Western Stock Show

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Mile High City of Denver, CO, is many things to many people, but for the world of western shows, it is the site of the “Super Bowl.” The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is a tradition stretching back to 1906, but speculation on venue changes is a similarly long-running tradition.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Role of E. coli 'supershedder' cattle scrutinized

by WLJ
Findings from studies by Arthur and his colleagues at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE, may provide a scientifically sound basis for new and effective strategies to curb shedding of this bacterium.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Regional changes in cow/calf production tied to drought, forage production

by WLJ
The U.S. beef cow herd decreased by 11 percent from 2007 to 2014, dropping from 32.6 to 29.0 million head. Drought has been responsible for large beef cow inventory decreases in Texas (down 25 percent); Oklahoma (down 12 percent) and New Mexico (down 16 percent).

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Friday, May 16,2014

Grazing allotment buyouts: Solution, or sell-out?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“No violence, no protesters, no armed federal agents— just a check and a contract.” This is how a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal described what is known as “grazing buyouts” on public lands.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Brucellosis at home on the range

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
included a three-elk lethal control option for landowners via permit between May 1-May 15, a time considered high risk for the spread of brucellosis from elk to cattle. The plan also includes a limited and in some places temporary fencing detail aimed at keeping elk out of private cattle pastures.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Vet's Perspective

Pinkeye in cattle

by WLJ
Pinkeye is a constant challenge to producers during the spring and summer months, especially in younger cattle. This bacterial infection causes ulceration of the cornea and inflammation within the eye and conjunctiva (the skin surrounding the rim of the eye).

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