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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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Friday, February 10,2012

Korean lifestyle magazine profiles real American steak

by WLJ
“As more Koreans travel around the world, the more familiar they become with premium cuisine,” said USMEF’s Yang. “The trend toward focusing a beef menu on U.S. Prime beef started with Goo STK, a Seoul restaurant that made its name by serving only U.S. Prime steaks.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Making accurate decisions about young sires

by WLJ
Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director of technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics, says this analysis further demonstrates how combining information from the High-Density 50K (HD 50K) panel to EPDs can reduce the risk of misclassifying young, unproven sires and help improve producers’ purchasing decisions.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Research looks at farm managment

by WLJ
From 2002 to 2007, the number of operators aged 75 years and older increased by 20 percent, but the number of operators under 25 years of age decreased 30 percent.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Drought may mean more dryland cotton in Texas Plains

by WLJ
Typically, the Texas High Plains cotton acres will be nearly evenly split between dryland and irrigated, said Mark Kelley, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist of Lubbock. This adds up to about 2 million dryland cotton acres planted, with the same number of irrigated acres.

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Friday, February 10,2012

EPA questioned on CAFO reporting rule

by WLJ
Ellen Gilinsky with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faced a roomful of cattlemen and women at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) annual convention held in Nashville, TN.

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Friday, February 10,2012

NCBA members pass policy resolutions

by WLJ
International trade, cattle payment efficiency and herd health were among the key policy issues members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) honed in on during the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, TN.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Partnering with extremist groups bad news for U.S. ag

by WLJ
Conversation ranged from the latest science and research to ensuring effective cattle care to federal legislation to mandate onfarm production practices and more. Talbot said despite challenges cattle producers face, raising healthy cattle is and always has been a top priority.

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Friday, February 10,2012

NCBA readies plan to pursue permanent estate tax relief

by WLJ
“The estate tax kills small business and jeopardizes the future of our family farms and ranches throughout the country,” said Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) associate director of legislative affairs. “2012 will be the year where permanent relief is within reach.

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