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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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Friday, September 17,2010

Preservation, control at heart of South Dakota wilderness issue

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
South Dakotans are learning that having the same goal doesn’t automatically put everyone on the same side. The goal at issue is to protect a unique area of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-SD, has proposed designating about 48,000 acres of the area as wilderness. The bill under consideration

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Friday, September 17,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The U.S. Senate last week failed twice to block the implementation of a 1099 filing requirement which will force small businesses to report any transactions with a single vendor totaling more than $600 in a single year. The reporting requirement was enacted as part of the massive health care overhaul and is set to go into effect starting Jan.

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Friday, September 17,2010

USDA enrolls more than 4 million acres in CRP

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last Tuesday announced that USDA will accept 4.3 million acres offered by landowners under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup. The selections preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands, including wetlands, while providing payments to property owners.

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Friday, September 17,2010

July exports slightly lower than June, but ahead of 2009 pace

by WLJ
July values for U.S. beef and pork exports dipped slightly from the totals achieved in June, but both exceeded year-ago levels with beef posting close to a 40 percent jump over 2009 levels. Based on statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), beef export value surged to $366.

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