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Friday, February 3,2012

Ag keeps eye on environmental lawsuits

by DTN
A Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) lawsuit filed last January could lead to restrictions or the outright banning of many pesticides and other chemicals to protect endangered species. Ongoing settlement negotiations between CBD and agriculture groups could wrap up this spring, assuming a settlement can be reached.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Total Herd Reporting- truly building better beef

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) was the foremost breed association to create and implement Total Herd Reporting (THR). This concept revolutionized the fee structure for Red Angus registrations, but more importantly, focused the industry on the relationship between complete data and the value of subsequent genetic predictions.

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Friday, February 3,2012

'Co-opetition' describes spirit of Red Angus members

by WLJ
Strong City, KS, modeled RAAA as a perfect example of “co-opetition”—a term combining the words “cooperation” and “competition” that describes competitors within an industry cooperating to increase the size of their market share, then competing individually for clientele.

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Friday, February 3,2012

A natural focus-producer profile, Christensen Brothers, LLC

by WLJ
The progressive evolution of the Christensen Brothers Ranch has been the driver behind the success of this cow/calf, feeder and farming operation on the Front Range of Colorado.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Spring EPDs assist producers with bull-buying decisions

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 Spring 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, February 3,2012

Ranchers raise resources to feed steaks to soldiers

by WLJ
Cattle producers across the nation pooled their resources to help the All American Beef Battalion (AABB) feed steaks to our soldiers. During the Mile High Classic Red Angus Sale on Sunday, Jan.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Ranchers add value, marketing options with Red Angus 'Yellow Tag'

by WLJ
For the past three years, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has enrolled over 100,000 head of Red Angus-influenced calves in FCCP—last year exceeding 125,000 head. The Association is on track to continue that recordbreaking trend this year as program enrollment and tag sales have continued to be strong going into calving season.

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Friday, February 3,2012

New & improved genetic predictions

by WLJ
Actual and adjusted weights are affected by environment, nutrition and management. Contemporary group ratios are an improvement, as they account for these environmental variables. However, they do not incorporate comparative performance data on related individuals in countless herds throughout the country.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Supplementing cattle on dormant pastures during the fall and winter

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Many producers in North Dakota and Montana will graze cows on dormant native range during the fall and early winter months. A sound supplementation program that meets the nutritional requirements of the cows is necessary to make these grazing programs work well.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Real estate prices on hold

by DTN
Corporate profits are up 15 percent over last year. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say we were in the middle of a big economic expansion,” said Dotzour. “But investors are not willing to pay for those profits and companies are not willing to hire because no one thinks Con-.

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