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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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Friday, March 2,2012

Beta agonists antagonize beef exports in Asia

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The growth of beef exports around the world has resulted in more conflicts over how individual countries raise their production animals. Increased U.S. beef export efforts, coupled with mutual interest in expanded trade in areas of Asia and Europe to a lesser extent, have sparked controversy over our meat production practices.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Mixed signals on cattle inventory cloud beef's future

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Increased replacementheifer inventories may not be sufficient for cow herd expansion in the face of the large numbers of cows being slaughtered. La Ni a remains in place and could adversely affect any expansion plans.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Biomass from former CRP land could fuel cars or heat homes

by WLJ
“CRP is a program that began in 1985 that takes land out of crop production and puts it into perennial grassland in order to conserve soil and reduce surface water runoff,” said K-State range scientist Keith Harmoney.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Good management creates healthy cattle herds

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Although disease prevention programs may appear to be a costly investment initially, a good program will ultimately be more cost effective than treating a disease outbreak. For example, treating an outbreak of respiratory disease costs considerably more than proper management of calves at weaning or receiving.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Senator wants swift action to advance legislation

by DTN
House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-MN, told DTN he is pleased the Senate Agriculture Committee has advanced the schedule.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Meat nutrition information coming to a store near you

by WLJ
Beginning March 1, consumers now have convenient access to important nutritional information about the raw meat and poultry products they most frequently purchase, US- DA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Tell your story: Lowline, a diamond in the rough

by WLJ
Recently, Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University, Dickinson Extension Research Center (DREC), spoke at the American Lowline Annual Meeting during the National Western Stock Show. DREC has used Lowline cattle as a part of their crossbreeding system in their commercial cow herd.

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Friday, March 2,2012

USMEF's Seng sees positives in Chinese leaders' visit to Iowa

by WLJ
That’s the assessment of U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng after his participation in the U.S./ China High-Level Agricultural Symposium in Des Moines, IA. It was part of a five-day U.S. tour by Chinese Vice President President Xi Jinping, who is positioned to be the next leader of China.

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Friday, March 2,2012

CSU professor leads national drought study on grasslands

by WLJ
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $3.7 million to Alan Knapp, a biology professor and senior ecologist with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU and principal investigator on the project.

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