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Friday, January 14,2011

All cattle sell on grids, says buyer

by WLJ
Even if you dont grid your cattle, you do grid. Cattleman and packerbuyer Tim Schiefelbein didnt say that to confuse people. He just shared that bit of reality with Feeding Quality Forum attendees last month.

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Friday, January 14,2011

HSUS gets D grade for spending habits

by WLJ
HSUS has a holiday fundraising goal of $1.2 million, of which a staggering $600,000 will likely go to raise more money, pay lobbyists, and fund HSUS $11 million pension plan. HSUS skewed spending priorities leave countless shelters without funds in todays tough economy.

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Friday, January 14,2011

Missouri feeders win 2010 ASCC

by WLJ
Osborn and Mitts are at it again. If you follow the AngusSource Carcass Challenge (ASCC), you might know that John Osborn and Pete Mitts, Savannah, MO, partnered on the winning pen in 2009 and won a couple of quarterly contests in 2010. More than 92 percent of the 2009 pen made Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand and CAB Prime.

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Friday, January 14,2011

Cattlemen cut costs, boost income with goats

by WLJ
Raising goats requires minimal costs for facilities and investment, says Jodie Pennington. They are also attractive for their ability to use grass and other lowcost forages, brush control, high pregnancy rates, and potential for high returns per acre.

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Friday, January 14,2011

Dry conditions limit winter wheat grazing

by WLJ
Despite the fact that we are receiving some snow in Oklahoma as I write this, it is extremely dry in most of the winter wheat grazing areas of the southern Plains. Dry conditions last fall made it difficult to establish wheat pasture in many areas and limited growth for winter grazing.

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Friday, January 14,2011

NMSU studies camelina oilseed as crop, livestock feed for northeastern New Mexico

by WLJ
Camelina, an oilseed crop, could provide a partial solution to the suffering agricultural economy of northeastern New Mexico, according to Manny Encinias, Extension beef cattle specialist at New Mexico State Universitys (NMSU) Clayton Livestock Research Center.

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Friday, January 14,2011

Utahs Della Ranches wins Leopold Conservation Award

by WLJ
Sand County Foundation, the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the Utah Cattlemens Association, and Western AgCredit were pleased to present the 2010 Leopold Conservation Award to the Tanner family, of Box Elder County, and their Della Ranches.

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Friday, January 7,2011

Judge halts grazing on Oregon forest

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As the result of a federal judge’s order, roughly 18 ranchers in central Oregon’s Grant County may find themselves with no place to turn out this summer. In a decision issued on Dec. 30, 2010, District Judge Ancer Haggerty of Portland, OR, enjoined grazing on seven allotments in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest

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Friday, December 31,2010

JBS joins Cargill with third-party video surveillance in packing plants

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
With packers facing ever-increasing scrutiny of animal handling practices and food safety, the Beef Division of JBS USA Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of JBS S.A., the world’s largest beef producer and exporter of processed beef, announced Dec. 2 that it will be implementing a remote video auditing

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Thursday, December 23,2010

Opponents of wild horse gathers reject studies

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Few issues concerning animal welfare have become as electrifying conductors of emotion as the treatment of wild horses. And the lightning rod in the middle of this tempest is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In a redoubled effort to address the concerns of a group of vocal critics

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