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Friday, May 21,2010

Special use valuation eases the pain of land inflation

by DTN
Although the federal estate tax law is currently in congressional limbo, its still important to plan for your farms succession. For those who die in 2010, Congress has eliminated the federal estate taxjust for one year.

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Friday, May 21,2010

USDA makes cattle movement easier for majority of Michigan

by WLJ
The federal TB program recently relaxed the rules for movement in a TB Modified Accredited Advanced Zone (MAAZ) to provide free-movement of unaffected cattle herds. Until this order was signed, a bovine TB test was required on all MAAZ cattle before crossing a federal zonal boundary, even if they were not near TB-infected wildlife.

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Friday, May 21,2010

What the Choice-Select spread is trying to tell the market

by WLJ
The Choice-Select spread has been a leading indicator for decades, but a current analysis suggests it can mislead if taken at face value. A lot more commodity Choice came on just as the economy was closing the menu on middle-meat steaks cut from that commodity pool, which no longer represents much of an advantage over Select.

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Friday, May 21,2010

Online training now available for livestock market personnel

by WLJ
Proper livestock handling and animal care is a major industry topicand now livestock auction market personnel can fine-tune their handling skills, thanks to a new partnership between Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University.

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Friday, May 21,2010

NALF recommends strategic crossbreeding to capitalize on herd potential

by WLJ
For cow/calf producers, survival and operational profitability are reliant upon efficiently producing uniform calves for target markets in an economical fashion. Doing so requires a clear management plan, set goals for the cow herd, proper bull selection, and a concise marketing strategy.

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Saturday, May 15,2010

Wolf depredation confirmed in northeast Oregon

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
A calf belonging to a Wallowa County rancher has been verified as the first confirmed wolf kill in Oregon this year, as well as the first in Wallowa County since the predator’s reintroduction in Idaho more than 10 years ago. According to reports, the calf was part of a herd

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Saturday, May 15,2010

Montana and Idaho seek to increase wolf hunt quotas

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a bid to manage wolf population numbers and stem the tide of livestock predation, Montana and Idaho are considering quota increases of more than double last year’s wolf hunt for the upcoming 2010 season. Factors such as losses of livestock, falling numbers of big game animals

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Saturday, May 15,2010

Conservation Stewardship Program open for business

by WLJ
USDA announced last week that farmers and ranchers wanting to enroll in the Conservation Stew- ardship Program (CSP) have until June 11 to get applications filed at their local USDA office.

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Saturday, May 15,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Nothing says summer like a thick, juicy burger on the grill. When it comes to grilling, burgers are Americans favorite choice. If you think you have a great burger recipe, the cattlemen and women in northwest Iowa want you to enter the Best Cheeseburger in Siouxland contest.

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Saturday, May 15,2010

Iowa Cattlemens Association hires new CEO

by WLJ
The Iowa Cattlemens Association (ICA) announced last week the hiring of Duane Gangwish as their new CEO. ICA President Kent Pruismann from Rock Valley, IA, said, Duane joins ICA with a broad knowledge of the cattle industry, possessing a deep understanding of environmental issues.

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