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Friday, February 17,2012

Pork industry responds to McDonald's changes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows,” said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management, in a press release.

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Friday, February 17,2012

BSE rule long overdue

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The group, led by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, and Ben Nelson, D-NE, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service urging the agencies to finalize a comprehensive rule for BSE. The senators said the lack of a comprehensive rule has harmed U.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Fed cattle backlog starting to develop, trade steady

by WLJ
Cattle feeders and packers were in a face-off trying to establish cash fed trade last week. Packers were offering $121-122 live and $196 dressed while feeders were holding out for $127 live and $202 on the dressed trade, with growing show lists. At press time, market analysts were expecting fed trade to be steady to slightly softer for the week.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Healthy labeling could be subjective

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Walmart recently announced a new labeling program that would help consumers identify healthy choices. The items must meet standards informed by dietary guidelines in line with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US- DA and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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Friday, February 17,2012

Winmill sage grouse rulings help, hurt ranchers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Western ranchers in the 10 states inhabited by greater sage grouse have had plenty to think about this February thanks to a pair of court rulings that have caused the fortunes of producers affected by this iconic bird to swing from one extreme to the other.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Tests confirm concerns about GPS interference

by DTN
Potential interference with GPS signals was too much to overcome to make the proposed LightSquared wireless network feasible in rural areas as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced last Tuesday it would not allow the project to move forward.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Horse doctors muster along San Antonio’s River Walk

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
The 57th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention was held Nov. 18- 22 in San Antonio, TX, attracting nearly 6,400 veterinary professionals, guests and exhibitors, ranking the meeting among the organization’s top five conventions by attendance.

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Friday, February 17,2012

National Hereford Feedout proves Hereford efficiency, carcass merit

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In the winter of 2010-11, 312 cattle were fed at Fairleigh Feeders, Scott City, KS, through the National Hereford Feedout. This was the seventh year for the National Hereford Feedout, which allows producers from across the country to test Hereford or Hereford-cross steers and heifers.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Some corn disease can be caused by residue

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Question: ‘Farmer’s seem really tired of fighting foliar diseases in corn. Would plowing everything under solve the problem?’ The presence of some foliar corn diseases is partially explained by the presence of ‘residue.

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Friday, February 17,2012

K-State to play key role in beef safety research

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“As a national leader in food safety research and education, Kansas State University is pleased to play a major role in a project so vital to the health of the American public,” said Kirk Schulz, K-State president.

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