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Friday, January 20,2012

Winter preparations reduce headaches for beef producers

by WLJ
“When the blizzard hits or the wind chills are below zero, tempers might flare, but that won’t thaw water or get the tractor started to feed cows,” he said. “A little planning when the weather is mild could make things go a lot easier for both producers and the livestock.

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Friday, January 20,2012

USDA 2012 Ag Outlook Forum

by WLJ
USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 23-24, will present 25 breakout sessions, including the international trade-focused sessions: “Export Opportunities and Competition in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) Countries” and “Trends in Agricultural Development & Trade in the Americas.

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Friday, January 20,2012

21 Gun Salute for American troops

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Red Angus bull was donated by Cross Diamond Cattle Co. with all of his Dec. 12 sale proceeds going to the All-American Beef Battalion (AABB). AABB is an organization dedicated to honoring American military service members by, among other things, serving them American beef prior to deployment and upon return home.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Beef 4 Battle sends beef sticks to troops

by WLJ
“I recall my days in the military when something good to eat was not readily available,” Huggins said. “There were times when every soldier would have welcomed good meals or even snacks. These beef sticks sent to the troops would be placed in their backpacks to eat while on patrols in the region, which could last from one to five days.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Beef checkoff launches educational game for consumers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Beef Checkoff Program recently released a new, eye-catching attempt at consumer education—Cow Chow. The mini-game is a 10-question interactive quiz on what cattle eat. The quiz-game comes complete with a cowboy-hat-wearing character and short video clips showing life from a cow’s (or steer’s) perspective.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Winter nutritional management strategies

by WLJ
One of the main challenges to beef producers in the western U.S. is to develop a cost-effective winter feeding program while still maintaining acceptable levels of beef cattle production. Many producers in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West feed between 2 and 4 tons of hay to their mature cows during the winter feeding period.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Animal Welfare Approved offers free certification

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
AWA was founded in 2006 and began as a division of the Animal Welfare Institute focused exclusively on farm animal welfare. Unlike its parent organization, AWA focuses strictly on certification and auditing of participating farms. They are not engaged in things like legal involvement and lobbying.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Book auction to benefit Peek scholarship

by WLJ
Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Red Bluff buyers and consignors dinner, the first copy of Ellington Peek’s book, “When to Buy…When to Sell,” will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Andy Peek Scholarship Fund. Peek will also be available for book sign ings.

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Friday, January 20,2012

USDA hire of former HSUS attorney raises questions about agency agenda

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Late last year, USDA made waves throughout animal agriculture when an internal memo announcing an upcoming “animal welfare scientific forum” was inadvertently released.

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Friday, January 20,2012

New grant program will fund water trading credits

by Chris Clayton - DTN
In making the announcement, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) officials noted this was the first time US- DA has offered funding specifically for water-quality trading programs. The program offers Conservation Innovation Grants of up to $2 million for an individual project.

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