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Friday, October 29,2010

Beyond the black hide

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Color doesnt necessarily guarantee a premium, says Brett Barham, University of Arkansas animal scientist. A sub-par-quality calf is always going to be sub-par, no matter what color it is, so just making your calves black isnt going to increase your premiums.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Farm Bureau urges Senate to reject expansion of federal water control

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Farmers and ranchers would face burdensome federal regulatory control if provisions of a restrictive Senate water bill make it through the lame duck session of Congress, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AF- BF).

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Friday, October 29,2010

Oh bovine, where art thou?

by WLJ
Mesquite has been a veritable thorn in the side of Texas cowboys as they claw, tear or bust through the thorny mazes. Along with cedar, it could be said that mesquite is the brush that cowboys love to hate.

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Friday, October 29,2010

California budget restores partial Williamson Act funding

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California Assemblyman Bill Berryhill announced last week that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did not veto out partial Williamson Act funding restoration in this years budget, which was requested by Berryhill and other rural legislators.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Pelton honored as 2010 Red Angus Breeder of the Year

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Lynn and Sue Pelton, on behalf of Peltons Red Angus of Burdett, KS, received the 2010 Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) Breeder of the Year Award at the National Red Angus Convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17. Willie Altenburg of Fort Collins, CO, presented the award to the Peltons.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Red Angus Association of America elects leadership at annual convention

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Joe Mushrush of Strong City, KS, was elected president of the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) at the National Red Angus Convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17. Previously, he served as a director for six years and on the executive committee for the past four years.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Two cattlemen named as Red Angus Commercial Producer of the Year

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"Without our commercial producers, there's no need for registered breeders," said Myron Edelman, RAAA director of valueadded programs. "Producers on the commercial side of the beef business have the incredible talent of using the superior genetics seedstock suppliers produce to raise a quality beef animal. "

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Friday, October 29,2010

Backgrounding may be viable option

by WLJ
Backgrounding calves serves to adapt cattle to feed, get them through the stress of weaning, build immunity with proper vaccinations, add weight by converting either home-grown or purchased feeds, and market at different times and weights, says Dale Naze, Extension animal systems agent for McKenzie County.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Checkoff gauges consumer issues surrounding beef safety

by WLJ
The beef checkoff conducts p e r i o d i c surveys to m o n i t o r consumer confidence in the safety of beef. These studies provide measures of the effects on consumers of issues in the marketing environment and support a strategic foundation for consumer and influencer programs in issues management and communications.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Considerations for grazing cattle on winter wheat

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Despite dry conditions over much of western and central Kansas this fall, some areas have had enough recent rain to increase the chances of having pasture for cattle.

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