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Friday, February 10,2012

National Make it With Wool contest winners

by WLJ
State-winning Make It With Wool (MIWW) contestants competed in the national finals and awards program in a “Forward with Fashion” style show during the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Annual Convention on Jan.

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Friday, February 10,2012

National BQA award goes to Dayton, WY, rancher

by WLJ
On Feb. 2, 2012, the Padlock Ranch in Dayton, WY, was awarded the prestigious annual national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Industry Convention.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Sage grouse comment period extended by BLM

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The conversation on sage grouse isn’t over yet. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have extended the comment period on their proposed ruling until March 23. They are seeking public comment regarding topics that should be addressed in the evaluation of sage grouse issues.

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Friday, February 10,2012

USDA awards grant for E. coli research

by WLJ
USDA announced it has awarded a research grant to the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) to help reduce the occurrence and public health risks from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) along the beef production pathway. Dr.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Rain renews optimism at Red Bluff Sale this year

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
Dry! That was the one word you heard when talking to anyone familiar with California this past fall. Most of California received their last significant rain in late October, which is about the right time for moisture on the West Coast. Trouble was, the grass started, then it got hot and no more rain.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Red Bluff Champions

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
Quality control is an ongoing process at Red Bluff. It’s a tough job for the sifters and graders and it’s even tougher on the consignors, especially when one of their animals gets sifted. All of the livestock undergo this close scrutiny when they are entered in any of the Red Bluff sales.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Korean lifestyle magazine profiles real American steak

by WLJ
“As more Koreans travel around the world, the more familiar they become with premium cuisine,” said USMEF’s Yang. “The trend toward focusing a beef menu on U.S. Prime beef started with Goo STK, a Seoul restaurant that made its name by serving only U.S. Prime steaks.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Making accurate decisions about young sires

by WLJ
Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director of technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics, says this analysis further demonstrates how combining information from the High-Density 50K (HD 50K) panel to EPDs can reduce the risk of misclassifying young, unproven sires and help improve producers’ purchasing decisions.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Research looks at farm managment

by WLJ
From 2002 to 2007, the number of operators aged 75 years and older increased by 20 percent, but the number of operators under 25 years of age decreased 30 percent.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Drought may mean more dryland cotton in Texas Plains

by WLJ
Typically, the Texas High Plains cotton acres will be nearly evenly split between dryland and irrigated, said Mark Kelley, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist of Lubbock. This adds up to about 2 million dryland cotton acres planted, with the same number of irrigated acres.

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