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Friday, February 12,2010

Producers should prepare for lenders questions

by WLJ
When commodity prices are high and incomes are up, farmers often can borrow money to plant their spring crop with almost no questions asked by lenders. That is not the case this year, said a Purdue University agricultural economist.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Tapping into demand for local, forage-finished beef

by WLJ
In the middle of the 20th century, the traditional method of raising and finishing cattle on the farm gave way to a newer concept of Midwest-based feedlots that could take advantage of low priced grain and improved transportation to finish and market beef in vast quantities.

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Friday, February 12,2010

HBO special highlights impact of Temple Grandin on beef production

by WLJ
When HBOs Temple Grandin aired Feb. 6, farmers and ranchers across the country tuned in to honor Temple Grandins work in improving the care of cattle. Grandin, living with autism, revolutionized livestock handling by tapping into her ability to see the world in a different way to develop a deeper understanding of animal behavior.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Exit on beefs fast lane?

by WLJ
Cattlemen know marbling is important, and they keep hearing about ways to give it a head start. Early weaning onto a high-starch grain ration sounds promising, but could it be risky? The price of corn and potential for lighter carcass weights keep some producers from taking that route.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Hain honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year

by WLJ
Kirk Hain, Seward, NE, was selected as the 2010 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, CO. Hain was selected for the award by his peersother Hereford herdsmen and breedersand was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Control parasites this spring to halt buildup

by WLJ
Spring parasite control while ultimately helping to protect herd health and performanceis more about reducing levels of pasture contamination than curing sick animals.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Red Bluff, an overview

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
What you do know about Red Bluff is that it has consistently been the gold standard for consignment sales in the entire country and it has maintained that level of excellence for 69 years.

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Friday, February 12,2010

SALE reports

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
RED BLUFF BULL SALE Jan. 30, Red Bluff, CA 138 Angus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,861 20 Balancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,953 12 Brangus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,700 32 Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,166 2 ChiAngus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,000 7 Gelbvieh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,314 23 Hereford. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Friday, February 12,2010

Beef industry hopeful for 2010 recovery

by WLJ
The cattle industry should be on the mend in 2010, says Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt. Available supplies of beef will drop in the U.S. as production declines and exports increase. Demand will be better at home as the U.S. economy continues to climb back from the depths of the recession, he said.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Annual survey shows continued approval of beef checkoff

by WLJ
A survey of 1,200 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted in late December 2009 and early January 2010 by the independent firm Aspen Media Market Research.

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