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Friday, August 19,2011

Cattlemen explore adding value to land, labor and livestock

by WLJ
In todays economy, its more important than ever for cattle producers to implement innovative practices that will return more profit on their calf crop. On Sept. 14, producers will glean information from top industry experts on adding value to their natural resources, labor and calf crop at the Commercial Cattlemens Symposium.

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Friday, August 19,2011

USDA awards funding for BRD research

by WLJ
A University of California- Davis (UC Davis) research team has been awarded $2.6 million by USDA to carry out integrated research, education and Cooperative Extension outreach aimed at reducing the incidence of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), or pneumonia, the leading cause of death in beef and dairy cattle.

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Friday, August 19,2011

New Missouri bull testing law

by WLJ
A new state animal health law affecting movement of bulls within Missouri takes effect on Sept. 1.

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Friday, August 19,2011

Agricultural interest rates are going up

by WLJ
The decline in the commodity and equity markets following the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by Standard and Poors will certainly affect agriculture.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Small mouse relisting may bring big conflict

by WLJ
The Preble’s meadow jumping mouse has hopped its way back onto the threatened species list folowing a controversial court ruling in Denver, CO, by U.S. District Judge John L. Kane last month. The consequences of this relisting are still unknown as Wyoming ranchers are forced back to past practices. "Our hope is that it isn’t

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Friday, August 12,2011

Oregon governor signs wolf compensation bill

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
With the addition of his signature on Aug. 2, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken the final step in the ratification of a bill authorizing the use of state funds to compensate ranchers and other landowners for losses incurred as a result of wolf depredation. Known as the Livestock Compensation and Wolf Co-Existence Act

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Friday, August 12,2011

New opportunity for putting up hay in Nebraska

by WLJ
As a result of extreme drought in the southern U.S., there is a dramatic need for hay both in Nebraska and further south.

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Friday, August 12,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The American Meat Institute (AMI) offered reassur- ances about U.S. turkey safety following news of a ground turkey recall. The U.S. turkey supply has an excellent safety record, said AMI Executive Vice President James H. Hodges.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Ranches, dairies hurt by drought

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Look at that grass, Larry Pratt said during a presentation at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) summer meeting. A historic drought across the southern Plains caused tales echoing in the hallways of painful choices, shared most by ranchers whose name badges included a TX or OK.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Producers may need to allow pastures time to recover

by WLJ
Though many warmseason grass pastures are dormant this time of year, the extended drought has reduced normal forage production somewhere near 70 percent of the usual seasonal total.

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