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Friday, February 24,2012

Semantic confusion: beef availability, consumption and demand

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Anti-animal ag groups like the Humane Society of the United States have been crowing over recent reports of declining domestic demand for beef. But their cheers might be not only premature, but wholly misplaced. The reality of the so-called decline is far from what it seems on the surface.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Panel kills truck weight increase

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The bill’s amendment, brought by Reps. Lou Barletta, R-PA, and Jerry Costello, D-IL, scrapped the language approving the increase and added the addition to have the Transportation Department do a threeyear study of the impacts of a change.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Warm winters may affect crop management decisions in Kansas

by WLJ
USDA recently revised its Plant Hardiness Zone Map northward, meaning that the extreme low temperatures during the winter in Kansas and most of the rest of the country aren’t quite as cold now as they were about 20 to 30 years ago, said Mary Knapp, Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension climatologist.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Don't let liver flukes take a bite out of your bottom line

by WLJ
While all parasites pose a threat to profitability, liver fluke infestations have been identified as one of the top 10 beef quality issues. Although they were traditionally prevalent only in Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, liver flukes are now found in 26 states, largely due to the movement of both cattle and hay across state lines.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Elk spread brucellosis to cattle in Wyoming

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department is taking comments until Feb. 28 on a draft brucellosis management plan for the Cody area in Wyoming’s northwest corner. Such plans have been finalized for seven elk herds in the Jackson/Pinedale area, but not for the Cody area east of Yellowstone.

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Friday, February 24,2012

NMA and NAMP merge

by WLJ
The NAMP Board approved the consolidation agreement and bylaws of the new association in a special meeting Feb. 17. The NMA Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the NMA Board, approved the documents the day before. Members of both associations voted overwhelming for the consolidation last month.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Researchers unlock QH genome

by WLJ
Genome sequencing is not a new science, but advances in sequencing technology, often referred to as nextgeneration sequencing, have made it easier and cheaper to sequence the genome of an individual, which can then be analyzed for clues causing genetic disorders and distinctive traits.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Online show documents life as a livestock vet

by WLJ
Modern American livestock farmers face two emerging challenges: an increasing shortage of largeanimal veterinarians, and dimming public understanding of what happens with food before it hits the fork.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Canada's semiannual survey has cattle down 2 percent

by WLJ
As a part of their series of joint livestock inventory reports, USDA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada show the U.S. and Canadian cattle inventory on Jan. 1 was 103.3 million head, a 2 percent decline from the 105.1 million head on Jan. 1, 2011. All cows and heifers that have calved totaled at 44.

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Friday, February 24,2012

BioPEC researcher looks to add value to Oklahoma land

by WLJ
Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) has a mission to identify and enhance feedstocks for producing biobased products and energy, and provide education about biobased products and energy through secondary education, undergraduate and graduate resident instruction.

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