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Friday, February 7,2014

Are twins a double blessing or a double curse?

by WLJ
Twin calves can be seen as an opportunity when another cow has recently lost her calf and the cow can foster one of the twins. This allows the cow to stay in production and gives the calf the opportunity to grow without the competition from its twin..

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Friday, February 7,2014

USMARC Twinning Herd Background

by WLJ
The USMARC created the Twinner herd to research multiple births in cattle in 1976 with research beginning fully in 1981 in order to explore the potential for increasing the output of calves relative to nutrient inputs for cow maintenance. Females that had previously produced multiple sets of twins were chosen for the herd, with no breed requirements.

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Friday, February 7,2014

What is a Freemartin?

by WLJ
Most folks know that a freemartin is a heifer, born twin to a bull and, as a result of the two fetuses sharing a common blood supply, the heifer is abnormally developed sexually. “We generally find about 90 percent of those heifers to be sterile,” said Eldon Cole, Extension Livestock Specialist, University of Missouri.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Marston to lead Red Angus Association

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“Twig has built a grounded, practical, well-informed knowledge and appreciation for the RAAA and its principles through his combined experienced,” said Tim Whitley, RAAA President. “As an industry leader, communicator and team builder, he is excited to work with RAAA staff and membership to further the goals and visions of the association.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Carefully consider your herd bull

by WLJ
With record high cattle prices and evidence of herd rebuilding in Kansas and across the nation, beef producers are likely going to buy some of the most expensive, but highest quality, bulls they have ever bought this upcoming spring bull buying...

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Friday, February 7,2014

Many hands make for light work... or maybe not

by WLJ
As iconic as the American cowboy’s boots, hat and lariat are his simple words of wisdom. Take, for example, the old Will Rogers quote, “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” That’s a common sense recommendation, like “many hands make for light work.

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Friday, February 7,2014

CSU researchers receive $2.2M for improved water quality

by WLJ
At the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment in Washington, D.C., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced a grant of $2.

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Friday, February 7,2014

New technology featured in 2014 Precision Agriculture Conferences

by WLJ
Precision agriculture is becoming the norm on farms throughout the nation. The technology trend is increasing yields and dollars on the farm and isn’t going to fade any time soon, said Gregg Carlson, Professor of Plant Science at South Dakota State University (SDSU).

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Friday, February 7,2014

New pesticide guide now offered through MSU Ext.

by WLJ
The MontGuide, “Pesticides and Water Quality,” explains why pesticide applicators should always test their water for turbidity, pH and hardness prior to using a pesticide mixture.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Water crisis will lead to severe problems

by WLJ
As California’s water situation worsens, the leader of the state’s largest farm organization said rural areas face “severe economic problems” from water shortages. The State Water Project warned last week it will not deliver water to its customers.

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