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Friday, August 26,2011

Country Natural Beef celebrates 25th anniversary

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Back in 1986, no one was talking about natural beef. Whole Foods Market, the national chain of natural food stores, was still a nuts and berries shop in Austin, TX. And the nowadays everpresent buzzword sustainability was on the lips of exactly nobody.

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Friday, August 26,2011

Your national Beef Checkoff Program: 25 years and counting

by WLJ
You might remember seeing the television commercials with actor James Garner touting beef as Real Food for Real People back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, or Robert Mitchum kicking off the Beef. It's What's for Dinner campaign in May of 1992..

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Friday, August 26,2011

Endangered Species Act battles arouse producers to action

by DTN
Although Corn Belt farmers scarcely face the consequences of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) up close, Klamath Basin farmers in Oregon and California say the agriculture industry in other parts of the country should take notice and get organized before a crisis occurs.

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Friday, August 26,2011

OMB directs departments to cut Fiscal 2013 budget requests

by DTN
In a recent memo to executive branch units, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said requests for discretionary appropriations for FY 2013, which begins Oct. 1, 2012, should be at least 5 percent below what departments and agencies received for FY 2011 unless they have been given specific direction otherwise.

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Friday, August 19,2011

National forum to focus on antibiotic use in food animal production

by WLJ
The use of antibiotics in the production of food animals elicits polarizing opinions across the media today as consumers become more aware and interested in the way their food is produced.

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Friday, August 19,2011

Beef bits

by WLJ
National Beef Packing Company of Dodge City, KS, has recalled 60,424 pounds of ground beef, according to USDA. The recall includes ground chuck, ground beef patties, and meatballs and meat loaf, with a sell by date ranging from July 25 through Aug. 12.

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Friday, August 19,2011

BLM yields to pressure; tables wild horse castration

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reversed its decision to castrate some 177 wild stallions from the White Mountain and Little Colorado herd management areas (HMAs) in southwestern Wyoming.

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Friday, August 19,2011

Drought increases rabies outbreaks

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
Reports of rabid animals are on the increase in Texas this year. By mid August, 51 positive rabid animals, approximately 82 percent skunks, had been reported in the Panhandle and south Plains surpassing the number of cases reported in 2010 in the same area.

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Friday, August 19,2011

BQA: How does your ranch stack up?

by WLJ
As such, there is not one specific set of production practices that can be recommended for all cattle producers to implement. Personal experience, training, and professional judgment are key factors in providing proper animal care. The consumer wants assurance.

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Friday, August 19,2011

Dont count out reproductive diseases: vaccinating cow herds offers protection

by WLJ
Todays cattle producer is increasingly mobile traveling to sales or conferences and never out of the cattle industry loop with the help of a smart phone. And, the same can be said for many of todays herds. Due to the increasingly mobile cattle population, diseases that may not have been a problem for closed herds of the past may be a concern.

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