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Friday, April 6,2012

CSU professor seeks genetic answer to brisket disease

by WLJ
It’s well known that many beef cattle living at high altitudes are afflicted with pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, and that these animals are at risk of dying from congestive heart failure if they are not moved to lower altitudes and medically treated.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Jobs suspended at BPI plants on "pink slime" media hype

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
ABC World News ran a story in early March focused on the claims of two disgruntled scientists formerly with USDA. Along with other misguided claims, these men dubbed the Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) as nothing but “pink slime.” However, there’s nothing that is scientific or factual about their claims.

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Friday, March 30,2012

U.S. challenging WTO COOL ruling

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
U.S. beef and pork producers opposing the COOL requirement are disappointed that the USTR has decided to appeal last November’s ruling. NCBA Vice President Bob McCann issued a statement saying the appeal “jeopardizes our strong trade relationship with Canada and Mexico, the two largest importers of U.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Nutrition after calving sets the stage for next year's calf crop

by WLJ
How we address the nutritional needs of a cow herd after calving is critically important if we’re going to have a successful start to next year’s calf crop. If we want a cow to stay on a 365-day calving interval, then we have 82 days between calving and re-breeding.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Farmland prices expected to keep rising

by WLJ
“These numbers tell us that the farmland market is very competitive. There are far more buyers than sellers,” said Craig Dobbins, Purdue Extension agricultural economist. “People in the market to buy farmland have a very optimistic outlook about the future, and they are willing to pay unthinkable prices.

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Friday, March 30,2012

New evidence surfaces in MF Global investigation

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Friday, March 23, a congressional memo was released in the MF Global probe. The memo cited an email sent Oct. 28, 2011, by then-MF Global Assistant Treasurer Edith O’Brian. The email’s language suggests then-MF Global CEO Jon Corzine not only knew about the use of customer funds to back the group’s risky trades, but instructed transfers be made.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Cattlemen support Senate bill on permanent estate tax repeal

by WLJ
Sen. John Thune, R-SD, introduced the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act (S. 2242) to abolish the federal estate tax, which, according to NCBA President J.D. Alexander, is an unnecessary tax on small businesses and farm and ranch families across the country.

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Friday, March 30,2012

AgriLife Extension leads herd rebuilding

by WLJ
“The historic drought of 2011 dramatically accentuated that trend. The state’s cattle industry and affiliated trade and service companies are the second largest economic driver in the state, bringing in billions of dollars to the state economy.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Senate hears grazing improvement bill testimony

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
1129) was debated. Testifying at the hearing were Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and Andy Kerr, a long-time anti-grazing activist and, currently, advisor to activist group WildEarth Guardians. Representatives from federal lands agencies also delivered testimony before the subcommittee.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Ranchers' attitudes vary toward programs designed to protect endangered species

by WLJ
Wildlife does not respect property boundaries. Therefore, protecting endangered species cannot be accomplished on government-owned lands alone. The cooperation and assistance of private landowners is essential.

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