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Friday, February 3,2012

New & improved genetic predictions

by WLJ
Actual and adjusted weights are affected by environment, nutrition and management. Contemporary group ratios are an improvement, as they account for these environmental variables. However, they do not incorporate comparative performance data on related individuals in countless herds throughout the country.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Supplementing cattle on dormant pastures during the fall and winter

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Many producers in North Dakota and Montana will graze cows on dormant native range during the fall and early winter months. A sound supplementation program that meets the nutritional requirements of the cows is necessary to make these grazing programs work well.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Real estate prices on hold

by DTN
Corporate profits are up 15 percent over last year. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say we were in the middle of a big economic expansion,” said Dotzour. “But investors are not willing to pay for those profits and companies are not willing to hire because no one thinks Con-.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Far West real estate draws recreational buyers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Far West real estate markets in states like California and Oregon are picking up slowly but surely. High grain prices and the need for grazing land are driving some buyer interest, but recreational buyers are opening up new market opportunities for ag properties in the west.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Edit your estate plan

by WLJ
The windfall in land wealth “has made multimillionaires out of people who have no cash,” said Lambert. That could mean parents must step up gifting programs to move land out of their estates or launch installment sales of land now while interest rates are low.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Sufficient nutrients vital for beef cow health

by WLJ
A summer of excessive moisture and good grass growth followed by recordhigh temperatures and record-low precipitation this winter has provided many northern Plains cattle producers with the opportunity to extend their grazing season well beyond normal.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Ashcroft honored

by WLJ
“By working with ranchers, and helping get accurate scientific information into the hands of the Forest Service and BLM, Nick has helped keep many New Mexico ranches in operation,” said Bebo Lee, NMFLC president, Alamogordo. “We appreciate his hard work and dedication, and are glad for this opportunity to say thank you.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Rebuilding the herd with better traits

by WLJ
The operation was able to start over with a new set of cows, focusing on fitness and convenience traits. They coupled this with modifications in their calving and weaning calendars to develop a system where cows could thrive entirely on grazed forage. Eliminating the need for additional feed, supplement or hay is a big advantage in today’s market.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Preparing for calving season: Nutrition is key for a healthy, vibrant calf

by WLJ
This past fall’s weather was excellent for completing projects that in most years have to wind up by mid- November. Hopefully those projects included preparations for calving time. If not, producers may still have some time to turn their minds towards setting up the cow herd for the best possible calf health this calving season.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Beef industry helps fight hunger

by WLJ
Heifer International and Elanco Animal Health announced Feb. 1 a new initiative for their ongoing partnership to end hunger in conjunction with the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention.

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