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Friday, May 20,2011

Management topics

by WLJ
That is why, in general, producers do not want to deal with calving difficulties any more than is absolutely necessary, especially in first-calf heifers. As we continue with breeding season, are you sure you are using calving ease sires where they are needed? Are you using the right tools to select a calving ease sire?.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Studies focus on feed ingredients effects on levels of E. coli O157:H7 in cattle

by WLJ
After corn is processed to make ethanol, whats left of the corn looks something like slightly dampened cornmeal, though a somewhat darker yellow, and not as finely ground. Known as wet distillers grains with solubles (WDGS), this byproduct is sometimes used as a cattle feed ingredient.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Future disaster funds in doubt

by DTN
Despite demands to cut farm programs, the chairs of Senate and House agriculture committees say recent natural disasters around the country show the need for continuing strong support for farmers in the 2012 farm bill.

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Friday, May 20,2011

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
New Holland offers industryleading limited warranty New Holland has announced it is now backing its compact tractors with an industry-leading 5-year Boomer Guard limited warranty on all Boomer 30/35/40/50 deluxe compact tractors.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Beef industry loses performance pioneer: Sal Forbes

by WLJ
Sarah Paine Sal Forbes, 91, of Beckton Stock Farm just west of Sheridan, WY, died at her residence on March 28, 2011. Sal had deservedly earned a reputation as beef industry performance legend being one of the early proponents of performance testing.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Anderson named NALF executive director

by WLJ
Mark A. Anderson, Eaton, CO, has accepted the position of executive director for the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). The associations board of directors offered him the job in April and he moved into the Centennial, CO, headquarters in early May.

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Friday, May 20,2011

NCBA calls for implementation of pending trade agreements

by WLJ
The month of May is World Trade Month and National Beef Month. This combination spurred three letters from the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) to urge President Obama, members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to expedite the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Beware of creeping stocking rates

by WLJ
The number of cow/calf pairs placed on a pasture is often determined based on previous experience and/or conventional wisdom. One of the factors that can be easily overlooked in establishing stocking rates is cow weight.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Programming rather than riding fences

by WLJ
Our world of electronic conveniences has now reached the cow pasture. In the not-so-distant future, landscapes may be dotted only with virtual fences and cattle may be herded with global positioning system (GPS) technology.

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Friday, May 20,2011

U.S. red meat exports accelerate pace through March

by WLJ
Exports of U.S. beef and pork continued on a recordsetting pace in March, with beef posting a 65 percent gain in value versus yearago levels and pork showing an impressive 40 percent increase, according to statistics compiled by the U.S.

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