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Friday, September 24,2010

Research helps fight Johnes disease

by WLJ
Two good tips for preventing Johnes disease on dairy farms: Use stainless steel water troughs and add chlorine to the water. Thats according to Kim Cook, an Agricultural Research Service microbiologist at the agencys Animal Waste Management Research Unit in Bowling Green, KY.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Producers urged to watch for anaplasmosis

by WLJ
Producers need to watch for it, said K-State Research and Extension veterinarian Larry Hollis. It occurs almost exclusively in adult cattlenot calves. The most frequent observation is sudden death, even though it actually takes a few days from the time signs first appear until death occurs.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Biologically effective management of grazing land increases productivity and profits

by WLJ
Beef producers in the northern Plains have transformed old-style, low-performance cattle into high-performance, fast-growing meat animals with improved genetic potential and increased nutrient demands.

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Friday, September 24,2010

NCBA supports market transparency

by WLJ
National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said the approval of The Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 (S. 3656) Sept. 15, 2010, by the U.S. House of Representatives will continue to encourage transparency in the marketplace.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Federation process to define a more independent structure

by WLJ
A producer-led Federation Structure Working Group, appointed by Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation) Chairman Scott George and Vice Chairman David Dick, met in Denver, CO, Aug. 30-31. The group consists of seven regional vice presidents, Federation directors and beef council executives from 10 states.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Livestock producers more confident than crop producers

by DTN
The index aims to take the pulse of the agricultural economy. Its based on a survey of 500 producers picked at random to reflect the demographic makeup of the 2007 USDA Ag Census. The survey is conducted three times a yearbefore planting, before harvest, and at years end.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Getting to the bottom of open cows at preg checking time

by WLJ
Open cows can cost cattle producers in fewer calves to sell the next year. When checking cows for pregnancy, it can be disheartening when a percentage of the herd is not pregnant.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Cattlemen can help prevent dark cutters

by WLJ
As an animal is harvested, its body draws on stored reserves of energy (sugar) to create lactic acid in the muscles, he explains. That slight decline in alkalinity (decrease in pH) sets up the meat to react with oxygen to show the bright, cherry-red color beef consumers are accustomed to.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Drought may cause livestock to graze toxic plants

by WLJ
Heat-shriveled pastures may prompt cattle to graze on toxic plants theyd normally avoid, said John Jennings, professor-forages for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

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Friday, September 17,2010

Subscription scam notice

by WLJ
It has come to our attention that a renewal subscription scam is being sent to Western Livestock Journal subscribers. The company which is fraudulently soliciting renewals is going by Publishers, Magazine, Circulation Billing Services, or similar names, and located in Reno, NV. They are not authorized to handle our renewal efforts

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