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Friday, February 10,2012

Hispanic ranchers fed up with Forest Service, "bail" on Obama

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
A community of Hispanic ranchers in northern New Mexico is seeking injunction against a U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) decision to substantially reduce grazing on two allotments, claiming that the service is mismanaging the land and denying ranchers their right to use resources...

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Friday, February 10,2012

Delegates will examine costs of systemic risk versus shallow losses

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Farm Bureau members got a primer on the concept on the opening day of the Farm Bureau’s annual convention. The sun was shining, the waves were rolling, and Hawaii was in its full glory as farmers sat in a convention hall trying to absorb details of the Systemic Risk Reduction Program (SRRP).

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Friday, February 10,2012

Electron-beam irradiation kills rotavirus and poliovirus on lettuce and spinach

by WLJ
“The purpose of this study was twofold,” said Dr. Suresh Pillai, director for the National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University in College Station. “First we wanted to determine poliovirus and rotavirus sensitivity to electron-beam irradiation on fresh-cut lettuce and spinach.

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Friday, February 10,2012

EyeD: New technology for equine identification

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
From the time humans began raising livestock, there has been a need for animal identification to mark ownership. Earliest records suggest techniques began several centuries ago, and today, many different forms of identification are used for private and official recognition of animals.

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Friday, February 10,2012

National Make it With Wool contest winners

by WLJ
State-winning Make It With Wool (MIWW) contestants competed in the national finals and awards program in a “Forward with Fashion” style show during the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Annual Convention on Jan.

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Friday, February 10,2012

National BQA award goes to Dayton, WY, rancher

by WLJ
On Feb. 2, 2012, the Padlock Ranch in Dayton, WY, was awarded the prestigious annual national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Industry Convention.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Sage grouse comment period extended by BLM

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The conversation on sage grouse isn’t over yet. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have extended the comment period on their proposed ruling until March 23. They are seeking public comment regarding topics that should be addressed in the evaluation of sage grouse issues.

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Friday, February 10,2012

USDA awards grant for E. coli research

by WLJ
USDA announced it has awarded a research grant to the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) to help reduce the occurrence and public health risks from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) along the beef production pathway. Dr.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Rain renews optimism at Red Bluff Sale this year

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
Dry! That was the one word you heard when talking to anyone familiar with California this past fall. Most of California received their last significant rain in late October, which is about the right time for moisture on the West Coast. Trouble was, the grass started, then it got hot and no more rain.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Red Bluff Champions

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
Quality control is an ongoing process at Red Bluff. It’s a tough job for the sifters and graders and it’s even tougher on the consignors, especially when one of their animals gets sifted. All of the livestock undergo this close scrutiny when they are entered in any of the Red Bluff sales.

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