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Friday, January 13,2012

VIDEO auction

by WLJ
DIAMOND RING AUCTION AT BILLINGS LIVESTOCK Jan, 9, Billings, MT 110 Head 470 lb steers . . . . . $200 100 Head 500 lb steers . . . . . . 190 110 Head 500 lb heifers . . . . . 200 85 Head 585 lb heifers . . . . . . 165 567 Head 600 lb steers . . . . . . 175 172 Head 620 lb replacement heifers .

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Friday, January 13,2012

Seven technologies that could help your operation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
You’re likely aware of the Tweeting, blogging, texting world of communication we live in today. But have you ever considered how new technological gadgets could benefit your operation? The more information you have more quickly can help things run more smoothly.

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Friday, January 13,2012

EPA court outcome impacts all landowners

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in an Idaho couple’s challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act (CWA) and wetlands enforcement actions. The case could have far reaching impacts for agriculture, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

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Friday, January 13,2012

The Golden Calf - Beef beat gold as the surest commodity of 2011

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The price of gold climbed tremendously in 2011. It started the year selling at just under $1,400 per ounce (oz.) and closed the year at just over $1,600 per oz. During that time, it broke a couple of records and set new highs, at one point reaching $1,923.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Republican presidential candidates' ag profiles

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Despite the ag-oriented nature of Iowa, farming and ranching issues were not highlighted by the candidates. Many candidates have remained quiet or vague on ag-important topics like the farm bill, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and subsidies.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Mixed reviews for BLM sage grouse conservation guidance

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In an effort to prevent an endangered listing of the greater sage grouse, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec.

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Friday, January 6,2012

FDA to ban popular industry antibiotic

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to ban on April 5 the agricultural use of cephalosporin, a popular antibiotic used primarily in swine, chickens and turkeys, but also cattle, to prevent the rise of drug-resistant bacteria that infect humans.

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Friday, January 6,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to delay possible appeal proceedings in their World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat. In November, a WTO dispute panel ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico, concluding that U.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Spring EPDs assist producers with bull-buying decisions

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 spring expected progeny differences (EPDs) which evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.

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Friday, January 6,2012

2012 agricultural issues on the table

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
New farm bill—Since the super committee could not reach an agreement on cutting $1.2 trillion in federal spending, the House and Senate Agriculture committees will begin the new year working on the new farm bill. It is estimated that at least $15 billion could be cut over 10 years.

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