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Friday, March 2,2012

MSU ag technology to enter global biopesticide market

by WLJ
There is a vial of little blue pellets in Barry Jacobsen’s lab. Its contents, a bacterium taken from a few healthy leaves in a northeast Montana sugar beet field overrun with disease, could save farmers around the world millions of dollars each year..

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Friday, March 2,2012

Construction to begin on largest beef processing complex in Mexico

by WLJ
The total investment of $110 million dollars in this integrated beef production and processing project comprises part of SuKarne’s growth plans in various parts of the country and is to be carried out in two phases.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Feed high quality hay after calving

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As a result, nutrient demands are high. Energy requirements increase about 30 percent and protein needs nearly double after calving. Underfeeding reduces the amount of milk she provides her calf, and it can delay or even prevent rebreeding. And if it gets cold, wet, or icy again, nutrient demands can skyrocket.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Utah program puts science to work for grazers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Riparians, wildlife habitat, invasive species and uneven grazing patterns all present challenges that frequently require extra attention and enhanced management.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Meat and gas prices bring down protein consumption

by DTN
Smith’s comments paralleled statements in USDA’s Livestock Outlook report, which said that consumption of red meat and poul try would drop roughly 6 pounds per capita in 2012. The average American will consume about 198 pounds of meat, the Outlook report stated.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Fifth Amendment takings disguised as animal cruelty

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
On Dec. 15, 2011, a Park County judge barred Vernon E. Wagner of Park County from owning, managing, controlling, or otherwise possessing cattle in Park County, according to a Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) press release. The ruling stemmed from a joint investigation by CDA and Park County Sheriff’s Office alleging animal cruelty charges.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Beta agonists antagonize beef exports in Asia

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The growth of beef exports around the world has resulted in more conflicts over how individual countries raise their production animals. Increased U.S. beef export efforts, coupled with mutual interest in expanded trade in areas of Asia and Europe to a lesser extent, have sparked controversy over our meat production practices.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Mixed signals on cattle inventory cloud beef's future

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Increased replacementheifer inventories may not be sufficient for cow herd expansion in the face of the large numbers of cows being slaughtered. La Ni a remains in place and could adversely affect any expansion plans.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Biomass from former CRP land could fuel cars or heat homes

by WLJ
“CRP is a program that began in 1985 that takes land out of crop production and puts it into perennial grassland in order to conserve soil and reduce surface water runoff,” said K-State range scientist Keith Harmoney.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Good management creates healthy cattle herds

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Although disease prevention programs may appear to be a costly investment initially, a good program will ultimately be more cost effective than treating a disease outbreak. For example, treating an outbreak of respiratory disease costs considerably more than proper management of calves at weaning or receiving.

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