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Friday, March 9,2012

Farmers Union delegates back supply management and COOL defense

by Chris Clayton - DTN
NFU said crop insurance should be maintained and also expanded to cover types of agriculture other than mainly commodity crops. Still, NFU added, “The proliferation of price-based revenue products creates problems in the event of a collapse in prices.”.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Dakota City beef plant improvements to increase production efficiencies

by WLJ
As part of an ongoing plan to maximize operational efficiencies, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., is making major improvements to its Dakota City beef plant. The changes are expected to bolster the future of the Dakota City operation, but may lead to the closure of the company’s small beef plant in Denison, IA.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Environment, cost and quality benefit from Cargill upgrades

by WLJ
A recent $6.1 million investment by Cargill to upgrade an aging boiler system at the company’s Plainview, TX, beef processing facility has increased efficiency, reduced energy consumption, and added steam capacity that will enable the facility to grow and expand product offerings to customers, both present and future.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Egypt turns away ship of stranded cattle

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
It’s understood that ventilation problems on the recently converted livestock vessel, the MV Gracia Del Mar, caused the deaths of more than half of the animals on board since the ship left South America for Egypt a few weeks ago. The ship has been anchored in the Red Sea for over a week.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Win with beef YouTube videos

by WLJ
The beef checkoff launched a new video blog contest designed to engage youth in telling the beef story using the power of YouTube. Videos must be two minutes or less and will focus on one of eight beef-related topics, including common beef misconceptions, cattle care, beef’s nutritional value and more.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Subsidies make consumers fat? Think again.

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The revelation that removing subsidies would actually increase calorie intake (even if on such a small scale) flies in the face of the popular “subsidies make Americans fat” argument.

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Friday, March 9,2012

USDA provides disaster recovery assistance in 20 states

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $19.7 million of financial and technical assistance to help communities rebuild and repair damages caused by flooding, drought and other natural disasters. Funds are made available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Synchronizing aids reproductive management

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
It’s that time of year, after spending the winter finding quality bulls, when producers are planning their summer breeding season schedules. The question of using estrus synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) still plays in the back of many producers’ minds.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Plan ahead for heat synchronization methods for replacement heifers

by WLJ
Producers who plan to use artificial insemination as part or all of this upcoming spring breeding season should start their preparations immediately. A popular synchronization protocol for heifers involves the feeding of an additive, and the feed must be ordered and delivered at the proper time.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Beef breeding programs help producers capitalize on strong prices

by WLJ
While many cow/calf producers shy away from artificial insemination because of the extensive management requirements, Ron Lemenager said incorporating an estrous synchronization program into the breeding plan can reduce time spent detecting estrous and increase the number of cows bred in the first week of the breeding season.

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