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Friday, March 9,2012

Plan ahead for heat synchronization methods for replacement heifers

by WLJ
Producers who plan to use artificial insemination as part or all of this upcoming spring breeding season should start their preparations immediately. A popular synchronization protocol for heifers involves the feeding of an additive, and the feed must be ordered and delivered at the proper time.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Beef breeding programs help producers capitalize on strong prices

by WLJ
While many cow/calf producers shy away from artificial insemination because of the extensive management requirements, Ron Lemenager said incorporating an estrous synchronization program into the breeding plan can reduce time spent detecting estrous and increase the number of cows bred in the first week of the breeding season.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Artificial insemination school to be held in Laramie

by WLJ
Instructors include Chichester, Extension beef specialist Scott Lake in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and other UW Extension personnel..

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Friday, March 9,2012

Improved wheat/clover pastures raise risk of bloat

by WLJ
“Calving season is in full swing,” said Missy Hodgin, AgriLife Extension agent for Clay County, east of Wichita Falls. “Cows are in decent condition. Bloat is a big concern, especially with cows and calves on wheat pasture. Some producers are reporting death loss to bloat as high as 10 percent.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Weather conditions troubled the crop year

by WLJ
Depending on location, producers in the U.S. battled everything from drought and above normal temperatures to heavy rains and lowland flooding, which led to decreased production of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat—the first time such a year-to-year decrease has occurred in all four commodities since the 2002 crop year.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Understanding cost-of-gain optimizes carcass weight

by WLJ
Most cattle feeders can fairly accurately measure the input side of this equation, such as feed deliveries, daily yardage costs, etc. The output side—primarily average daily gain—can be more difficult, but can often be estimated relatively closely through experience or through use of data and models.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Reproductive tract scoring can help determine heifer breeding readiness

by WLJ
The goal of cow/calf operators is to produce as many calves per year as possible. Yearling heifers should be bred to calve as 2-year-olds to maximize the number of calves produced in their lifetimes. They must be sufficiently mature to be bred at 14 to 15 months of age.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Farmer tax tips for 2011 focus on the “big picture”

by WLJ
For example, John and Mary are married. Mary lived with her parents all year while John was serving in the military. Mary was a full-time student and did not have any income. Mary’s parents can claim her as a dependent only if John and Mary file separate tax returns.

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Friday, March 2,2012

House sides with land owners on eminent domain

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2012, sided with private property owners by passing the Private Property Right Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 1443). The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-WI, essentially prevents states from using eminent domain over property to be used for economic development.

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Friday, March 2,2012

TransCanada set to re-apply for Keystone permit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
TransCanada Corporation announced last week that they had sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) informing the department the company plans to file a Presidential Permit application (cross border permit) in the near future for the Keystone XL Project from the U.

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