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Friday, June 15,2012

No break for CA ag trucks

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A bill sponsored by the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) to exempt farmers, ranchers and their employees from needing commercial drivers’ licenses to operate heavy trucks and trailers within 150 miles of their farm operations died in committee, the week of June 4, to the disappointment of agriculture groups in the state.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Futures drop on concerns of soft demand

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Last week’s cash fed cattle markets saw light demand and trade throughout the week, but with the majority of trade put off until Thursday and Friday. Trade in Kansas started with some takers at $118-119 live and in the Corn Belt, cattle were bought lightly at $190-193 dressed.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Obituary

by WLJ
Gary was born Dec. 18, 1946, in Chicago, IL, to Oscar and Tillie Stoller. He is survived by his wife Davy Stoller of Caldwell; son Scott Stoller of Chico, CA; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Tiffany Stoller and granddaughters Reagan Skow and Mckinley Stoller, all of Palisade.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Early spring means cutting hay early

by WLJ
Although hay usually isn’t harvested for the first time for another two weeks, weather conditions this spring have led to alfalfa and grasses maturing about 10 days earlier than normal, according to Kevin Sedivec, the NDSU Extension Service’s rangeland management specialist.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Federal mandate on animal agriculture in the works with egg bill

by WLJ
Tom Talbot, chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Health and Well- Being Committee, said despite challenges cattlemen and women face, raising healthy cattle is and always has been a top priority.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Without proper nutrition, cow milk production will decrease, ultimately affecting weaning weights.

by WLJ
One way producers can be proactive is by caring for pastures through rotational grazing, Ron Lemenager said. With rotational grazing, herds are moved from one section of pasture to another to maximize quality and quantity of forage growth. Doing so helps prevent overgrazing.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Contracts part of effort to modernize airtanker fleet

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The Montana plane that crashed was owned by Neptune Aviation Services of Missoula, MT, and was built in 1962, according to federal aviation records, but had been modified to fight fires and was among only a handful of airtankers available nationwide..

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Friday, June 15,2012

The terminology behind genomics

by WLJ
As the use of DNA technology continues to be incorporated into the beef cattle industry, there is a new world of terminology used in the discussion of DNA testing, information and genetic evaluation.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Cattle theft ring leader arrested

by WLJ
Heath Berend Roe, 35, Decatur, was charged with cattle theft after allegedly stealing 25 head of cattle from a Decatur rancher in January 2011. He is the fourth and final suspect of a team of cattle thieves accused of stealing cattle and selling them at auction markets in Gainesville, TX, and Waurika, OK.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Southline Transmission project extended

by WLJ
The scoping period is a chance for the public to make initial comments on a proposed project and to identify concerns and issues that should be addressed in an environmental impact statement (EIS). An EIS provides the basis for a decision on the use of public lands.

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