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Friday, May 20,2011

Beef industry loses performance pioneer: Sal Forbes

by WLJ
Sarah Paine Sal Forbes, 91, of Beckton Stock Farm just west of Sheridan, WY, died at her residence on March 28, 2011. Sal had deservedly earned a reputation as beef industry performance legend being one of the early proponents of performance testing.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Anderson named NALF executive director

by WLJ
Mark A. Anderson, Eaton, CO, has accepted the position of executive director for the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). The associations board of directors offered him the job in April and he moved into the Centennial, CO, headquarters in early May.

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Friday, May 20,2011

NCBA calls for implementation of pending trade agreements

by WLJ
The month of May is World Trade Month and National Beef Month. This combination spurred three letters from the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) to urge President Obama, members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to expedite the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Beware of creeping stocking rates

by WLJ
The number of cow/calf pairs placed on a pasture is often determined based on previous experience and/or conventional wisdom. One of the factors that can be easily overlooked in establishing stocking rates is cow weight.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Programming rather than riding fences

by WLJ
Our world of electronic conveniences has now reached the cow pasture. In the not-so-distant future, landscapes may be dotted only with virtual fences and cattle may be herded with global positioning system (GPS) technology.

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Friday, May 20,2011

U.S. red meat exports accelerate pace through March

by WLJ
Exports of U.S. beef and pork continued on a recordsetting pace in March, with beef posting a 65 percent gain in value versus yearago levels and pork showing an impressive 40 percent increase, according to statistics compiled by the U.S.

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Friday, May 20,2011

NMPF still wants Congress to reform programs

by DTN
National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President Jerry Kozak said his group will continue to push its Foundation for the Future plan to revamp the dairy program in Congress, even though dairy processors and some left-leaning dairy and farm groups oppose it.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Nebraska governor signs brand surcharge bill

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is happy to report that Gov. Dave Heineman signed the brand surcharge bill May 11, 2011. NC had been keeping a close eye on LB 181, which was a bill that would allow a surcharge to be implemented by the Nebraska Brand Committee in order to make up for traveling expenses incurred by inspectors.

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Friday, May 13,2011

Lizards lounge, producers scrounge valid research

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
The dunes sagebrush lizard’s habitat is found exclusively in 10 counties in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. This habitat is located in the Permian Basin, the most active energy-producing land in the lower 48 states. This habitat is also home to thousands of individuals who make their livelihood in the oil

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Friday, May 6,2011

Test vaccine shows promise for bighorn sheep

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Concerns over pneumonia transmission between wild bighorn sheep and bands of domestic sheep grazing western rangelands have plagued land managers in the Northwest for the last several years. The conflict reached a fever pitch last year when Idaho’s Payette National Forest reduced domestic sheep grazing by 70

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