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Friday, January 6,2012

Feds issue revised trucking rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revised hours-of-service (HOS) rule for commercial truck drivers, planning to improve safety in the industry, but the restrictions have many trucking organizations and companies less than happy.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame to hold Sixth Annual Circle the Wagons Dinner and Benefit Auction in Bozeman Feb. 3-4

by WLJ
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) will hold its Sixth Annual “Circle the Wagons Dinner and Benefit Auction” coinciding with the group’s sixth annual business meeting and trustees gathering Friday and Saturday, Feb.

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Friday, January 6,2012

CCA hosts 61st Mid-Winter Conference

by WLJ
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) will be hosting their 61st mid-winter meeting Jan. 17-18, 2012, in Denver, CO. This year’s meeting will combine CCA’s Legislative Luncheon and National Western Stock Show (NWSS) activities with steering committee meetings.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Scour vaccinations for cows: convenience vs. effect back

by WLJ
Vaccinating cows at pregnancy testing time with an approved scour vaccine is one management practice that offers producers that cost-saving opportunity: one trip, two functions. However, the convenience in the application may not generate the desired effect: optimum calf immunity.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Supplement or replacer: What's the difference?

by WLJ
Although February and March are still a few weeks away, looking ahead to the spring calving season requires that producers be prepared for those situations where mother nature needs a little boost.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Drought gripped Southern Plains in 2011

by DTN
For much of West Texas, drought conditions are nothing new, but it was hard to find anyone in 2011 who recalled a worse drought. Amarillo, TX, generally averages 20 inches of precipitation annually. Through mid-August, the city registered 2.5 inches. By late December, that had bumped up to 6 inches, reflecting a minor fall reprieve.

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Friday, January 6,2012

RED BLUFF

by WLJ
Vincente & Erik Alvardao, Corning, CA Avila Cattle Co., Cottonwood, CA Bagley Cattle Co., Millville, CA Bar KD Ranch, Culver, OR Barry Hereford & Angus, Gresham, OR Black Bear Ranch, Montague, CA Cardey Ranch, Turlock, CA CB Ranch, Gerber, CA Charron...

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Friday, January 6,2012

Pedretti added to the Hereford Hall of Fame

by WLJ
The Hall of Fame honor recognizes breeders who have dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed. Hall of Merit inductees are not always Hereford breeders but have, in their own ways, greatly influenced the Hereford breed and cattle industry.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Get cows back in shape while it is cost effective

by WLJ
Cows should be sorted into different groups in the fall to maximize forage qualities and reduce costs. Sorting by each body condition score (BCS) category is usually not possible, so sorting BCS of 3s and 4s together, 5s and 6s together, and anything above a 7 together would be a good system.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Beef remains biggest player in the meat case

by WLJ
The latest National Meat Case Study, conducted through a joint effort of The Beef Checkoff Program, the National Pork Board and the Sealed Air’s Cryovac Food Packaging Unit, revealed beef remains the biggest player in the meat case, with a typical store featuring about 60 unique beef products.

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