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Friday, July 8,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service announced the consolidation of the Livestock and Seed Programs Audit, Review and Compliance and Meat Grading and Certification Branches.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Taking top title in WLAC something you always dream about, 2011 winner says

by WLJ
Charly Cummings said that winning Livestock Marketing Associations (LMA) 2011 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), following competition here at the Upstate Livestock Exchange, was pretty overwhelming, something you always dream about.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Prepare now to meet winter grazing needs

by WLJ
With mid-summer temperatures at record highs, few cattlemen are thinking of feeding hay in the winter. But, now (mid-July) is the time to begin managing forages to reduce winter hay needs, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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Friday, July 8,2011

LMA president challenges members, leadership, staff to build on current positive momentum

by WLJ
Californian David Macedo, beginning his second year as Livestock Marketing Associations (LMA) president, reviewed key issues facing marketing businesses and challenged LMA members, leadership and staff to build on the positive momentum LMA has developed in several areas.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Four industry greats honored during Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet

by WLJ
Four outstanding individuals in the cattle-feeding industry were celebrated for their leadership, innovation and dedication during the annual Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet on June 30 in Denver, CO.

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Friday, July 8,2011

BLM seeks bids for new pasture facilities to care for and maintain wild horses

by WLJ
As part of its responsibility to manage and protect wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities located in the continental U.S. that provide a free-roaming environment. The solicitation is for one or more pasture facilities accommodating 800 to 5,000 wild horses.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Fighting to keep forages in the green

by DTN
Gary Hill found out the importance of soil testing the hard way. The University of Georgia animal scientist works with Tifton 85 bermudagrass at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, as well as on his own cattle operation. He started noticing stand losses in the highly productive forage.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Wheres the beef? Michigan State aims to find out

by DTN
The small-scale effort has large aims, according to one of the project leaders. Associate Professor Dan Buskirk said in addition to verifying whether the beef came from a local source, shoppers eventually could use a smart phone or kiosk to find out if it came from grass-fed, grain-fed or hormone-free cattle.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Rabobank: Ag land values not a bubble

by WLJ
Agriculture land prices in the U.S. have increased steadily over the last decade, leading experts and landowners to question whether the high values are sustainable.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Higher commodity prices may become the new normal

by WLJ
Higher commodity prices might be the rule rather than the exception in the coming years, a Purdue University agricultural economist says.

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