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Friday, March 6,2015

Pasture Management

Real wealth comes from your soil’s health

by Wayne Burleson
This Janu a r y, I spent two weeks on a dairy farm in Nicaragua. I volunteered to teach an intensive rotational grazing and electric fencing project on this farm. Early each morning, 30 cows are handmilked once a day by several workers. Pasture forage and supplemental feeding maintain the calves.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

U.S. pork producers 'all in' on TPA

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal hanging in the balance, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) last week threw its support behind renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will enable the current administration and future ones to negotiate and close trade agreements such as the TPP.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Keep corn particle size in mind to enhance feedlot efficiency

by WLJ
Ask cattle producers how they grind corn used in their animals’ diets, and the responses would likely range from fine, to medium, to coarse.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Good livestock care in sub-zero temperatures

by WLJ
With each degree drop in temperature below freezing, their energy requirements increase by 1 percent. Since the temperature has been easily 20-30 degrees below freezing, livestock will need 20-30 percent more energy to maintain their weight.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Time to replace toxic fescue, when beef prices are good

by WLJ
Good managers of grass and cattle know how to lower impact of toxic fescue. They diluted fescue with clover, feed grain supplement and rotational graze paddocks. Those practices also boost returns with novel endophytes, Roberts says. Good managers benefit first and most, he adds.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

USFWS reinstates ESA protection for wolves

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
On Feb. 19, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially reinstated protections under the federal Endangered Species Act for the gray wolf in Wyoming and nearby states after a federal judge in December struck down the agency’s decision to remove protections.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Check the validity of your VCPR for future needs

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The program was actually started in 1996. They put it into the law and then in early 2000s they said ‘OK, we now have funding, so we’re going to start to look at that and start to implement that.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

A big fat mistake

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“There has been and continued to be an unexplainable desire by dieticians and other ‘health’ professionals to associate or link dietary components, particularly animal food products, with human disease,” wrote Dr.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Zinc and beta agonists

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
While the public relations world does battle with consumer perception regarding beta agonists, scientists do what scientists do…namely, figure out how things work. In this case, they have been trying to figure out how to make beta agonists work better.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Management Topics

Picking the genetics for your next herdsire

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Using objective selection in purchasing bulls is of the utmost importance, and with large contemporary groups, ultrasound and genomically enhanced EPDs, basing a large part of selection on genetic predictions can be done more accurately than ever. However, it is important not to get lost in an alphabet soup of data.

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