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Friday, March 2,2012

Congenital abnormalities

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Every year, cattle producers encounter problems with calves that are born with congenital abnormalities.

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Friday, March 2,2012

This could be the year for grass tetany

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Grass tetany is a serious, and often fatal, metabolic disease caused by low blood levels of magnesium. It is also known as grass staggers or wheat pasture poisoning. It most commonly affects older cows early in lactation, but it may also occur in any cattle.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Supreme Court overturns Montana's river rights

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The U.S. Supreme Court just unanimously overturned the Montana Supreme Court’s decision requiring PPL Montana LLC (PPL)—an energy company—and other landowners, such as ranchers, to pay rent for the use of Montana’s riverbeds. The state of Montana and a number of environmental groups had argued that the state owned the riverbeds.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Genetic marker found for reduced swine disease risk

by WLJ
A genetic marker for reduced susceptibility in pigs to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), the most economically significant disease in pigs, has been discovered by a research team that includes scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

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Friday, March 2,2012

MSU ag technology to enter global biopesticide market

by WLJ
There is a vial of little blue pellets in Barry Jacobsen’s lab. Its contents, a bacterium taken from a few healthy leaves in a northeast Montana sugar beet field overrun with disease, could save farmers around the world millions of dollars each year..

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Friday, March 2,2012

Construction to begin on largest beef processing complex in Mexico

by WLJ
The total investment of $110 million dollars in this integrated beef production and processing project comprises part of SuKarne’s growth plans in various parts of the country and is to be carried out in two phases.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Feed high quality hay after calving

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As a result, nutrient demands are high. Energy requirements increase about 30 percent and protein needs nearly double after calving. Underfeeding reduces the amount of milk she provides her calf, and it can delay or even prevent rebreeding. And if it gets cold, wet, or icy again, nutrient demands can skyrocket.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Utah program puts science to work for grazers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Riparians, wildlife habitat, invasive species and uneven grazing patterns all present challenges that frequently require extra attention and enhanced management.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Meat and gas prices bring down protein consumption

by DTN
Smith’s comments paralleled statements in USDA’s Livestock Outlook report, which said that consumption of red meat and poul try would drop roughly 6 pounds per capita in 2012. The average American will consume about 198 pounds of meat, the Outlook report stated.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Fifth Amendment takings disguised as animal cruelty

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
On Dec. 15, 2011, a Park County judge barred Vernon E. Wagner of Park County from owning, managing, controlling, or otherwise possessing cattle in Park County, according to a Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) press release. The ruling stemmed from a joint investigation by CDA and Park County Sheriff’s Office alleging animal cruelty charges.

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