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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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Friday, June 3,2011

Heres a way to cut meat prices before next Memorial Day

by WLJ
Hamburgers and hot dogs arent the only things being devoured at Memorial Day celebrations this year. So are the food budgets of backyard barbecue hosts and hostesses, said American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle in a guest editorial published recently in the Sacramento Bee.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Beef glut now, light and tight later

by DTN
With May fed cattle supplies hitting highs not seen since 2007, and beef in storage marking a 10-year peak, there are some serious questions in the cattle industry concerning where prices are headed going into the fall. The general consensus on selling feeder cattle: Wait, if you can.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Montana livestock brands: The clock is ticking

by WLJ
Were encouraging people to rerecord their brands as soon as possible, Grainger said. There have been cases in the past where people didnt rerecord their brands in a timely manner, then forgot to do it and ended up losing their brands..

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Friday, June 3,2011

Washington farm exports reach record pace

by WLJ
Exports of Washingtongrown products have reached a new high. From Oct. 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011, the value of Washington-origin farm and seafood products has set a record pace.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Ag committee to tighten subsidy eligibility

by DTN
In a signal of the growing unpopularity of farm programs, the House Appropriations Committee last Tuesday approved amendments to the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill to impose stricter income limits on farmers who get commodity payments.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Ultrasounds roots are still strong and growing

by WLJ
When Dave Nichols and Dr. Doyle Wilson hatched the notion of using ultrasound in beef production on that infamous plane ride nearly two decades ago, the idea was to identify seedstock with a propensity for heavy marbling.

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