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Monday, April 21,2014

EB-5 program scrutinized in plant closing

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The once defunct Northern Beef Packers plant, in Aberdeen, SD, has new owners, and a new name, no doubt with hopes of the past controversies being laid to rest. The plant was recently purchased by San Francisco-based White Oak Financial Advisors and is now New Angus, LLC.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Recent range conflicts reveal dire need for legislative reform

by WLJ
The recent clash between the federal government and a cattle ranching family over grazing rights didn’t spring up out of the Nevada desert dust. This is according to Public Lands Council (PLC) and its sister organization, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), organizations representing the 22,000 ranchers who utilize public lands.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Wolf listing decision postponed in CA

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
California is nothing if not skilled at stirring up the passions of the people, even when the issue at hand exists largely (or wholly) outside its borders and is addressed in numerous laws. Case in point last week: the question to list the gray wolf..

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Friday, April 18,2014

Consider culling order for fall-calving herds

by WLJ
With low cattle numbers in some areas of the U.S., producers would like to expand their beef herds. However, in much of the western part of the Southern Plains, Mother Nature has not cooperated. Many producers are currently being faced with limited forage availability due to drought and (in a few cases) wildfires.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Bundy case more complex than tortoise, grazing rights

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Following the end of a tense standoff between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) says the incident underscores the steady trend of federal agencies elevating environmental and wildlife issues over livestock grazing.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Scours in beef calves prevalent this spring

by WLJ
Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the number one neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to Kansas State University (K-State) Veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Vet's Perspective

Bovine respiratory disease

by WLJ
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) or illness commonly known as “shipping fever” does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Corn strategies for cattle feeders

by WLJ
“From the pre-harvest high of $5.17 per bushel, March 2014 corn futures dropped to $4.08 per bushel on Jan. 10, 2014.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Corn planting starts slowly

by WLJ
According to the report, 3 percent of the 2014/2015 corn crop is in the ground. This compares with 2 percent the same week last year, and the 5-year average of 6 percent.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Livestock antibiotic use expected to be limited

by DTN
On Dec. 11, 2013, FDA announced implementation of the plan and asked the animal pharmaceutical industry to withdraw such drugs from production, as stated in its Guidance for Industry No. 213. In addition, FDA is requiring oversight by a veterinarian for use of antibiotics.

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