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Friday, May 27,2011

Specter of cattle theft stalks California county

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
An unusually wet spring across the Northwest this year found many ranchers in Tehama County, CA, putting off branding in hopes of drier weather. But as ranchers waited for the skies to clear, other eyes were also watching, and waiting. With an abundance of slick calves on the ground and cattle prices at unprecedented highs, the opportunity

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Friday, May 27,2011

Subcommittee makes cuts in ag appropriations

by WLJ
A fiscal year 2012 funding bill approved last Tuesday by the House Agriculture Ap- propriations Subcommittee would not cut the crop insur- ance program as the initial draft seemed to indicate, but many other agriculture, nu- trition and international food aid programs would lose money.

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Friday, May 27,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
USDA has updated its recommendation for safely cooking pork, steaks, roasts, and chops. USDA recom- mends cooking all whole cuts of meat to 145 F as mea sured with a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, then allowing the meat to rest for three minutes before carving or consuming.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Immigration reform heats up again

by WLJ
Immigration reform returned to the forefront of national discussions last week after President Obamas recent speech at the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, TX. The presidents speech came at a time when California farmers and ranchers are renewing a push for a reliable, legal way to hire foreign agricultural guestworkers.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Economic advantages to implanting nursing calves

by WLJ
Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 75 years. Few have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. The term implant is used to refer to a group of products used in the cattle industry that increase rate of growth.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Fly control essential for beef, dairy herd health

by WLJ
Whether in the pasture or the barn, fly control is an essential part of keeping healthy dairy and beef cattle herds, said Purdue University Entomologist Ralph Williams.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Senators introduce bipartisan Veterinary Services Investment Act

by WLJ
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-MS, recently introduced the bipartisan Veterinary Services Investment Act.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Limit feeding pays off

by DTN
Rich Porter thrives on ugly cattle. His order buyers in Georgia and Kentucky sit on their hands as their counterparts compete to outbid each other for the sleek, preconditioned calves that bring top dollar. Then Porters buyers scoop up the scrawny, malnourished and mismanaged bull calves that appear to have more value than they cost.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Concerns grow over possible loss of corn acres

by WLJ
As of May 22, 79 percent of corn has been planted in 18 states that account for 92 percent of corn production in the U.S. The 79 percent is near the average from 1980 through 2010. Two areas have low percent plantings: the eastern Corn Belt and the upper Midwest.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Are you a Red Angus GridMaster? Submit carcass data now

by WLJ
Spring and early summer is harvest season for a majority of the nations fed cattle, and cattlemen and feeders are now reflecting on the carcass data from this years crop. Producers who utilize the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) tag may submit their carcass data to be considered for the distinguished GridMaster award.

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