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Friday, April 25,2014

Trade talks with Japan on ag tariffs not yet fruitful

by WLJ
President Barack Obama was in Japan last week on his third visit to the island nation. While discussing issues with China and territory conflicts over the Senkaku Islands, the topic of beef was on the table.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Calf processing time and the BQA

by WLJ
As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding/processing, it is important to review Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines. Let’s take a minute to look at the key BQA principles: • Discuss calf vaccination protocols with your veterinarian to ensure a strong herd health program.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Cattle branding tips for low stress and quality brands

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In Beulah, WY, the first weekend in June is reserved for the Testicle Festival, an annual fundraiser for the local volunteer fire department, where local ranchers donate some of the family jewels to the cause.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Comment period for Brazilian imports closes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Earlier this year, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal (USDA) and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed federal rule that would allow Brazil to export to the United States fresh and frozen beef from specific regions in Brazil.

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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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