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Friday, January 6,2012

Spring EPDs assist producers with bull-buying decisions

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 spring expected progeny differences (EPDs) which evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.

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Friday, January 6,2012

2012 agricultural issues on the table

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
New farm bill—Since the super committee could not reach an agreement on cutting $1.2 trillion in federal spending, the House and Senate Agriculture committees will begin the new year working on the new farm bill. It is estimated that at least $15 billion could be cut over 10 years.

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Friday, January 6,2012

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Arlo was also president of Tehama Co. Jr. Livestock Auction Committee for five years, was recognized by TCCA as Man of the Year in 1985 and was TCCA president in 1975-76. He worked as a foreman for the Tehama County Road Department before retiring in 1983.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Feds issue revised trucking rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revised hours-of-service (HOS) rule for commercial truck drivers, planning to improve safety in the industry, but the restrictions have many trucking organizations and companies less than happy.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame to hold Sixth Annual Circle the Wagons Dinner and Benefit Auction in Bozeman Feb. 3-4

by WLJ
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) will hold its Sixth Annual “Circle the Wagons Dinner and Benefit Auction” coinciding with the group’s sixth annual business meeting and trustees gathering Friday and Saturday, Feb.

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Friday, January 6,2012

CCA hosts 61st Mid-Winter Conference

by WLJ
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) will be hosting their 61st mid-winter meeting Jan. 17-18, 2012, in Denver, CO. This year’s meeting will combine CCA’s Legislative Luncheon and National Western Stock Show (NWSS) activities with steering committee meetings.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Scour vaccinations for cows: convenience vs. effect back

by WLJ
Vaccinating cows at pregnancy testing time with an approved scour vaccine is one management practice that offers producers that cost-saving opportunity: one trip, two functions. However, the convenience in the application may not generate the desired effect: optimum calf immunity.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Supplement or replacer: What's the difference?

by WLJ
Although February and March are still a few weeks away, looking ahead to the spring calving season requires that producers be prepared for those situations where mother nature needs a little boost.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Drought gripped Southern Plains in 2011

by DTN
For much of West Texas, drought conditions are nothing new, but it was hard to find anyone in 2011 who recalled a worse drought. Amarillo, TX, generally averages 20 inches of precipitation annually. Through mid-August, the city registered 2.5 inches. By late December, that had bumped up to 6 inches, reflecting a minor fall reprieve.

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Friday, January 6,2012

RED BLUFF

by WLJ
Vincente & Erik Alvardao, Corning, CA Avila Cattle Co., Cottonwood, CA Bagley Cattle Co., Millville, CA Bar KD Ranch, Culver, OR Barry Hereford & Angus, Gresham, OR Black Bear Ranch, Montague, CA Cardey Ranch, Turlock, CA CB Ranch, Gerber, CA Charron...

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