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Friday, June 17,2011

April pork, beef exports lower than March, but remain strong

by WLJ
U.S. pork and beef exports slowed slightly in April when compared to the all-time record highs of the previous month, but still performed well above last years pace. April pork exports reached 181,109 metric tons valued at $487.8 millionup 16 percent in volume and 22 percent in value over last year.

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Friday, June 17,2011

NMSU students get an up-close look at the states equine industry

by WLJ
A handful of New Mexico State University (NMSU) students had the rare opportunity to get a firsthand look at career possibilities in New Mexicos equine industry while touring equine facilities around the state. More than 200 jobs, ranging from racing to veterinary medicine and many others, have a connection to horseseven some in the film industry.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Time to put wheels under the herd

by DTN
More than half of the nations cow herd is struggling to survive through a drought that continues to spread across the southern Plains, and now the Southeast. Its a situation thats left many producers, especially those in Texas and New Mexico, looking for ways to hang on until its time for fall rains to set in.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Visa reform could improve border security

by DTN
Arizona sits at the crossroads of two vital issues for two different sectors of agriculture: Produce growers need immigration reform to stay competitive, while ranchers need tighter border security to feel safe.

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Thursday, June 16,2011

Back at the ranch, a place for tomorrow’s vets

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
On a recent visit to several large West Texas ranches, Dr. Eleanor Green enjoyed one of the perks often available to rural veterinarians—mixing business with pleasure. A perfect spring morning lent itself for Green to relish her stay on one historic Texas ranch. But that morning also gave her an impromptu opportunity to utilize her training as a

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Friday, June 3,2011

WTO sides with Canada, Mexico over COOL

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a possible impending win for retailers, foreign trade partners, and some livestock industry interests, the World Trade Organization (WTO) indicated Friday, May 20, in a preliminary ruling that it is backing Canada and Mexico in their complaint over U.S. COOL, or

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Friday, June 3,2011

Rustling on the rise in central Idaho

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Whether the result of a struggling economy, or simple greed, instances of cattle rustling are on the increase in several western states. In few places is this more apparent than in central Idaho, where a sharp rise in the instances of apparent theft have led ranchers to band

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Friday, June 3,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
After a series of videos detailing extreme, inhumane slaughter methods aired in Australia last week, offi- cials there are calling for a ban on shipments of live animals to Indonesia. The graphic videos, which aired on Australian television last Monday, prompted out- rage among Australian citizens and producers alike.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Rinderpest successfully eradicated world-wide

by WLJ
Animal health delegates meeting in Paris last week declared that rinderpest, a highly contagious disease in cattle and other animals, is eradicated, marking the first time humans have snuffed out an animal disease in the wild.

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Friday, June 3,2011

USDA authorizes emergency grazing of CRP acres in Texas

by WLJ
In response to drought conditions, US- DAs Farm S e r v i c e Agency aut h o r i z e d emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for 13 additional Texas counties effective immediately. This most recent authorization brings the total to 51 counties approved to graze CRP acres.

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