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Friday, December 30,2011

Lawsuit, wild horse management options

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In the emotionally charged arena of wild horse management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finding it increasingly difficult to deploy all the population control tools at its disposal due to legal challenges by horse activists.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Deals in Southwest ranch real estate

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The 2011 Southwest real estate market has seen stable to active growth, depending on the region, with larger, mixed-use properties drawing the most attention. Despite obstacles for some due to cautious lenders, for-cash buyers have lots of prime property choices and sellers are getting good returns in the Southwest farm and ranch real estate market.

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Friday, December 30,2011

KAY’S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle producers the world over are great survivors. The beef industries in most of the major beef-producing countries have endured everything from BSE to drought to floods in the past decade. These and other calamities forced some producers out of the business.

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Friday, December 30,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
A producer once called and was concerned that the banker was critical of the age of the cows in the herd. The producer was very successful in keeping older cows productive, but the banker felt the cows were too old.

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Friday, December 30,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Russia’s meat and poultry production rose by 4.4 percent (460,000 metric tons) in 2011 compared to 2010, according to the Russian news agency TASS. Russian Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik told a news conference that Russia’s meat production is expected to reach 11 million metric tons by the end of the year.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Logan Ipsan joins WLJ as “fieldman” editor

by WLJ
Ipsen was raised on a registered Angus and Hereford operation in Montpelier, ID, where he and his family sold seedstock bulls and females throughout the western U.S. as well as selling alfalfa and grass hay throughout the Intermountain West.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Winter/spring 2012 weather outlook

by WLJ
As we enter winter, farmers and ranchers are wondering whether the fall’s climate trends are going to continue and which regions of the country are susceptible to production problems in 2012.

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Friday, December 30,2011

New embryo transfer rule begins

by WLJ
The new Rule 104(d)(12), adopted at the American Angus Association’s (AAA) September board meeting, states: If the first owner of the calf is different than the owner of record of the donor female, and the embryo removal date is on or after Jan.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Last year´s volatile corn market

by DTN
You might feel as if you have whiplash, almost as if someone else spent their year yanking you back and forth. It’s been an unprecedented year for grain markets with many daily moves dictated by headlines from Europe rather than news from the Corn Belt.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Nitrates a concern for drought-fed cattle

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to Jack Whittier, Colorado State University, nitrate accumulation usually is triggered by some environmental stress where plant growth is restricted but absorption of nitrate from soil continues. “The most common stress of summer annuals is drought.

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