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Friday, October 7,2011

Recognizing extraordinary land stewardship

by WLJ
Ryan Fieldgrove's family has been ranching the Wyoming land he and his family now live and work on for over 125 years. For as long as he can remember, the invasive leafy spurge has been a constant nemesis to their ranching operation until Ryan got the idea to add goats to the equation.

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Friday, October 7,2011

Effect of drying distillers grains on nutrient metabolism

by DTN
For the study, Erickson and fellow researchers compared cattle on four diets: a corn-based control diet, WDG plus solubles, modified distillers grains (MDG) plus solubles, and DDG plus solubles. In the latter three diets, distillers grains were fed at 40 percent of the dry matter.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Montana bangs case caught by routine testing

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) reported last week that a suspected case of brucellosis in Park County has been confirmed. Six bred heifers from a 150-head herd were determined to have reacted positive to initial screening tests in mid- September.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Montana ranchers, groups threaten to sue DEQ

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Throughout western history, the success of a ranch has depended heavily on its access to reliable supplies of stock water. Without this resource, few ranches can remain viable.

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Friday, September 30,2011

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
This should be the best of times for beef producers. National herd numbers have fallen each of the past four years, yet domestic and global beef demand has improved steadily since the end of the 2008 recession. The U.S. has reclaimed its position as the world's leading beef exporter.

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Friday, September 30,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Cattle are no different from any other living thing. Rule No. 1 is that cattle must eat and meet their daily nutritional requirements. Occasional imbalances may be tolerated for short periods, but through the long haul, every cow, calf, yearling, replacement heifer, finishing calf and bull must eat.

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Friday, September 30,2011

BLM to review Triple B gather in Nevada

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey has called for a review of existing operating procedures that relate to instances of alleged animal abuse. During the recently completed Triple B wild horse gather in Nevada, more than 1,200 wild horses were removed.

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Friday, September 30,2011

A labor saving way to monitor vast rangelands

by WLJ
USDA scientists have found that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a tool used by the military, may be suitable for keeping an eye on changing land-use patterns across vast tracts of western rangeland.

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Friday, September 30,2011

USMEF releases livestock ID/traceability economic assessment

by WLJ
A study assessing the impact of traceability and animal identification programs on the international market for red meat was released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Friday, September 30,2011

Animal traceability comment period continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Secretarys Advisory Committee on Animal Health recently met to discuss various aspects of the new proposed rule on traceability for livestock moving interstate. Like the recent National Animal Identification System, discussion about the proposed traceability rule has become a hot topic throughout the industry.

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