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Friday, June 3,2011

Oregon state veterinarian recommends West Nile vaccinations

by WLJ
Horse owners in Oregon are once again advised to help protect against West Nile Virus by vaccinating their animals and taking steps to control mosquitoes this spring and summer.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Fundamentals for developing anti-infective protocols

by WLJ
As the season and type of cattle vary, the challenge of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) may increase. Sticking to the fundamentals of evaluating an anti-infective treatment can help producers and veterinarians implement and evaluate the success of their program, which goes hand-inhand with better profitability.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Producer pushes for more profitable herd

by DTN
Terry Slusher of Floyd, VA, received a wake-up call several years ago. Slusher sent five steers to a feedlot as part of a commingled truckload in an Extension demonstration project. The Blue Ridge Mountain cattleman expected his calves to be top performers.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Ranching in the border area is becoming more dangerous

by WLJ
Unlike most ranchers, Texan Richard Garza Ray no longer looks forward to wide open spaces. The Starr County cattleman stays in his house, where he said there is a loaded gun in every room. He ventures out only when necessary to check cattle and fix fences and water lines cut by those crossing his ranch on foot.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Specter of cattle theft stalks California county

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
An unusually wet spring across the Northwest this year found many ranchers in Tehama County, CA, putting off branding in hopes of drier weather. But as ranchers waited for the skies to clear, other eyes were also watching, and waiting. With an abundance of slick calves on the ground and cattle prices at unprecedented highs, the opportunity

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Friday, May 27,2011

Subcommittee makes cuts in ag appropriations

by WLJ
A fiscal year 2012 funding bill approved last Tuesday by the House Agriculture Ap- propriations Subcommittee would not cut the crop insur- ance program as the initial draft seemed to indicate, but many other agriculture, nu- trition and international food aid programs would lose money.

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Friday, May 27,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
USDA has updated its recommendation for safely cooking pork, steaks, roasts, and chops. USDA recom- mends cooking all whole cuts of meat to 145 F as mea sured with a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, then allowing the meat to rest for three minutes before carving or consuming.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Immigration reform heats up again

by WLJ
Immigration reform returned to the forefront of national discussions last week after President Obamas recent speech at the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, TX. The presidents speech came at a time when California farmers and ranchers are renewing a push for a reliable, legal way to hire foreign agricultural guestworkers.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Economic advantages to implanting nursing calves

by WLJ
Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 75 years. Few have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. The term implant is used to refer to a group of products used in the cattle industry that increase rate of growth.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Fly control essential for beef, dairy herd health

by WLJ
Whether in the pasture or the barn, fly control is an essential part of keeping healthy dairy and beef cattle herds, said Purdue University Entomologist Ralph Williams.

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