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Friday, August 5,2011

NC is seeking individuals with available grass

by WLJ
Most Nebraska land owners have experienced optimal precipitation this summer while devastation has been occurring in the drought-stricken areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is developing a list of individuals with available grass for lease or any other type of forage for sale to help our southern neighbors.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Pfizer reports earnings growth

by WLJ
Pfizer Inc. reported higher quarterly earnings last week as higher sales of animal health and nutritional products that the company aims to divest helped offset falling sales of its core pharmaceuticals business.

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Friday, August 5,2011

NCBA checkoff financial firewall is functioning properly

by WLJ
The beef checkoff financial firewall at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) is functioning as it should, according to officials of both NCBA and the Cattlemens Beef Board (CBB), which oversees the Beef Checkoff Program.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Water intoxication—too much of a good thing

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
As Texas experiences one if its worst droughts on record, the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) in Amarillo, TX, is reporting increased numbers of cattle dying from water intoxication. Although rare, water intoxication occurs when cattle over-drink, usually following a period of water deprivation. It can

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Friday, July 29,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Mike Enzi. Both are labeled the Livestock Marketing Fairness Act. Lummis says a lack of transparency in the marketplace can lead to price manipulation and abuse by some packers.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Controlling genetics is the key to market premiums

by WLJ
He will speak at the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) conference Aug. 31-Sept. 1. A large attendance of producers is expected from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, says David Patterson, University of Missouri (MU) Extension beef reproduction specialist, Columbia.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Beef shortage means hold on to the cows

by WLJ
The quantity of beef available to consumers in the U.S. has declined a startling amount in recent years, and that trend is going to continue. Unfortunately, even higher retail beef prices can be expected for consumers, said Chris Hurt, a Purdue University Extension economist.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Some pockets of dryland crops remain in Texas

by WLJ
Though most dryland crops have failed due to the drought, there were scattered pockets of production, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Groups see common ground in feed, fuel debate

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Several major farm, commodity and livestock groups see some common ground in a list of principles and policy planks to ensure the biofuels industry grows while enhancing needed feed for livestock.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Calf preconditioning: The best for both worlds

by WLJ
Nearly all cow/calf producers will say their goal is to sell calves for a premium on sale day. However, most buyers will say their objective is to buy healthy calves as economically as possible. While these may seem like competing interests, both buyers and sellers can get what they want with calf preconditioning programs.

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