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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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Friday, July 29,2011

Flaws found in government study

by WLJ
An updated report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms that serious and significant differences exist between the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Bay Model and the model authored by the Agriculture Department.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Drought decision aid for ranchers now available

by WLJ
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Oklahoma State University have developed a decision aid to help cattle producers make culling decisions due to extreme drought.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Higher energy prices hitting farmers bottom line

by WLJ
These are encouraging times for the U.S. farm economy, said AFBF Chief Economist Bob Young. Higher prices for corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans are helping farmers, but higher energy prices are impacting profit margins.

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Friday, July 29,2011

If there is a drawback to fall calving, it is summer weaning. Calves are under enough stress as it is. Add summer heat and humid

by DTN
John Harrison agrees weaning and heat are a good way of doubling your problems. The Cairo, GA, producer schedules for an October through December calving season, but that means he weans in June and July. And it doesnt help that cattle are designed without a good radiator.

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Friday, July 29,2011

USCA and NFU to hold meetings on checkoffs future

by WLJ
The U.S. Cattlemens Association (USCA) last week released a joint letter from USCA and National Farmers Union (NFU) to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack indicating the two groups will host a national discussion of the beef checkoff and the programs future.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Modified distillers grains, glycerin in finishing diets reduce oxidation in meat

by DTN
Research has shown that adding distillers grains to livestock diets can cause quicker oxidation or brownish discoloration of meat.

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