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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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Friday, May 16,2014

Brazil says BSE case likely 'atypical'

by DTN
The ministry made the announcement after receiving the results of tests conducted on samples from the animal in the U.K. In truth, the report said there was no conclusive diagnosis, but the government said details in the report reinforced its hypothesis that this was not a classic case of the disease, popularly known as mad cow.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Warning signs on Brazil proposal

by WLJ
USDA estimates the costs of a U.S. outbreak of Footand-Mouth Disease (FMD) at $34 billion in consumer impact and $28 billion for a government vaccination program.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Take steps to keep horses healthy

by WLJ
It’s springtime and for many horse enthusiasts, that means heading out to horse shows and rodeos. But two recent cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), after a barrel racing event in Nebraska, should serve as a reminder that good...

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Friday, May 16,2014

Seeking more cost-effective diets for pregnant beef cows

by WLJ
Dry conditions in Kansas and other areas of the Midwest have caused many cow/ calf producers to look at more cost-effective ways to adequately feed their herd.

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