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Friday, April 6,2012

Beef prices drop

by WLJ
Weak beef demand has resulted in weaker boxed beef prices. Choice cutout started the week at $184.10 and fell to $179.22 by midday Thursday. Select cutout similarly shed about $5, starting the week at $182.35 and dropping to $177.48 by midday Thursday..

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Friday, April 6,2012

Subfertile females may have misplaced male DNA

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The genomes of cows who have difficulty reproducing often contain fragments of the male Y chromosome, according to a new study titled “Y are you not pregnant: Identification of Y chromosome segments in female cattle with decreased reproductive efficiency.

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Friday, April 6,2012

EPA loses against landowners in a Supreme Court decision

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
A recent Supreme Court ruling relating to Clean Water Act (CWA) violations was a huge victory for an Idaho couple, but it is also a potential bonus for all private landowners.

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Friday, April 6,2012

NY judge demands FDA action on antibiotics in animal feed

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The objects of contention are penicillin and tetracycline included in animal feed to “stimulate growth and improve feed efficiency in food-producing animals,” according to the court order. The court claims “medically important” antibiotics in animal feed have led to a rise in antibiotic resistant.

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Friday, April 6,2012

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Everyone likes to look at bulls. It s h o u l d come as no shock to anyone who has looked, however, that a bull can get a lot of attention because of his expected progeny differences (EPDs), then turn out to be a dud at the sale. The key point is that he gained attention based on his performance and resulting EPDs.

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Friday, April 6,2012

SDCA applauds legislation to protect family ranches

by WLJ
The Preserving America’s Family Farm Act will prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions on youth working in agriculture. In late 2011, DOL proposed rules that prohibit youth under the age of 15 from working on farms with mature livestock or operating farm machinery over 20 PTO horsepower.

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Friday, April 6,2012

USDA expects 75-year-high corn acreage in 2012

by WLJ
Driven by favorable prices, U.S. farmers intend to plant 95.9 million acres of corn in 2012, up 4 percent from 2011, according to the Prospective Plantings report released last week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). If realized, this will be the largest corn acreage in the U.

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Friday, April 6,2012

Obituaries

by WLJ
He and his wife established the Oregon Country Beef cooperative after Connie learned that a Bend fitness instructor had directed his students to eat lean beef, with no hormones or antibiotics, which came from Argentina but wasn’t always readily available.

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Friday, April 6,2012

BLM moves to bait trap horses, scale back helicopter gathers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a move to placate critics who complain that gathering wild horses with helicopters is cruel and overly stressful, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that the agency is soliciting bids from contractors to capture and remove wild horses with the use of bait traps “where helicopter drive trapping is not an effective method.

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Friday, April 6,2012

Bill would limit closure of FSA offices

by WLJ
The bill, called the “Farm Service Accountability Act,” would prohibit the closure or relocation of offices with a high workload volume. In January, USDA announced—as part of a consolidation plan—it would be closing 131 FSA offices throughout the country.

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