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Friday, December 16,2011

Project helps livestock producers improve air quality

by WLJ
A nationwide project led by Colorado State University (CSU) researchers aims to help livestock producers reduce airborne emissions that could degrade environmental health.

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Friday, December 16,2011

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Leonard R. Brooks, cattle buyer, cattle feeder, butcher shop owner, cow/calf operator and veteran registered Quarter horse breeder, passed peacefully on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Jamestown, CA. As he made the difficult calls, youngest son, Lee, said it best, “Every morning he awoke at 5 am.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Hearing requested on renewable fuel standard’s impact

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, a coalition of the U.S. livestock and poultry industry associations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Meat Institute, the National Chicken...

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Friday, December 9,2011

Some of 2008 Farm Bill implemented

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a press release, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA has published the Final Rule implementing the 2008 Farm Bill provisions to better protect livestock producers and poultry growers under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

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Friday, December 9,2011

Horse legislation spurs speculation over slaughter facilities, unlikely supporters

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The ink had hardly dried on the latest agriculture spending bill when horse industry advocates began toasting the historic removal of a six-year ban on USDA horse slaughter inspection. Signed into law Nov.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Cattle prices bolstered by exports

by WLJ
Two weeks ago, live sales sold at $124 in the southern Plains. In Colorado, live sales ranged from $125-126. In Iowa-Minnesota, live sales sold from $126 -127and dressed from $200-205. Nebraska saw a few dressed sales sold from $195-198, compared to the previous week’s $126.

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Friday, December 9,2011

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kahla of Tomball, TX, were denied farm deductions of $2,658,774 for their cattle and deer ranches, even though Mr. Kahla was knowledgeable about livestock farming and was highly successful in other businesses. They owned 300 head of cattle.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Vetīs perspective

by WLJ
The microorganism is slightly larger than a red blood cell and resides on the surface skin within the penile sheath. Spread of disease is most often via coital contact. Bulls are affected after breeding with other infected cows— and often develop a carrier state without demonstrating clinical signs of illness.

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Friday, December 9,2011

More choices, less Choice beef

by WLJ
A wider price gap between Select grade boxed beef and Choice or better—the Choice/ Select spread—always comes back to supply and demand. Consumers vote with their dollars, and recent shifts in merchandising put much more high-quality beef on the ballot, just as those supplies began to fall off.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Ag producers should do income tax planning before year-end

by WLJ
“It is best to start with year-to-date income and expenses and estimate them for the remainder of the year,” says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension Ser vice farm economist. “Do not forget any income that was deferred to 2011 from a previous year.

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