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Friday, July 22,2011

Checkoff-funded program finds alternatives to thin steaks from larger carcasses

by WLJ
A dry, flavorless and thinly cut steak can be enough to sour anyones taste for beef. There is no doubt that cattle are getting bigger, and that will continue, says Terry Houser, Kansas State University meat scientist. I dont think we are going to produce smaller rib-eyed cattle anytime soon or start selecting cattle for that trait.

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Friday, July 22,2011

More resistance, more flies, less money

by DTN
Reduced weaning weights for calves, lower weight gains on yearlings, summer mastitis and pinkeye theyre all key management points that can mean the difference between a year that ends in the black and one that bleeds red. And at the center of that balance sheet is the lowly fly.

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Friday, July 22,2011

Preconditioning is a win for buyers and sellers

by WLJ
Its well-documented that calf preconditioning programs can help cow/calf producers boost their profitability on sale dayeven to the tune of an extra $6.38 per cwt. Adding icing to the cake, calf preconditioning also has been shown to positively affect feeder calf performance.

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Friday, July 22,2011

California State Board of Food and Agriculture to discuss farm animal welfare

by WLJ
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will address farm animal welfare at its meeting on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), 1220 N StreetMain Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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Friday, July 22,2011

Collect DNA samples now

by WLJ
As fall sale season quickly approaches, producers utilizing DNA technology should begin the sample collection process as soon as its practical, says Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director global technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics.

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Friday, July 22,2011

U.S. share of South Korean market grows

by WLJ
Recent South Korea government data showed U.S. beef gaining ground and now claiming 38 percent of the import market in the first five months of 2011. That is 1 percentage point higher than the same period a year ago.

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Friday, July 22,2011

Drought causing concerns for livestock water availability, quality

by WLJ
As the drought continues and temperatures remain above normal, cattle water is becoming a greater concern, especially after recent reports of cattle deaths in or around watering points, according to a Texas Agri- Life Extension Service specialist.

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Friday, July 22,2011

BLM announces strategy to conserve sage-grouse and protect habitat

by WLJ
In response to requests from state and local governments to facilitate ways to conserve greater sagegrouse and protect its habitat, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) scientists and managers met with state wildlife management officials July 16 to brief them on the agencys National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy.

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Friday, July 22,2011

Trophy farms command prize prices

by DTN
One aspect is how fast deals like this go off. I had a shot at it, because Ive known the owners family since 1985. Otherwise, it would be all over before I had even heard about it, Myers said. Im still in the market for land, but I doubt it will be in Illinois.

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Friday, July 22,2011

House votes to curtail EPAs overregulation

by WLJ
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act (H.R. 2018) Wednesday, July 13, 2011, by a vote of 239-184. National Cattlemens Beef Association Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley Lyon said the legislation would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from overruling state decisions on water quality.

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