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Friday, November 20,2009

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) is now accepting DNA samples for analysis with the industrys first breed-specific DNA profile from IGENITY. Angus breeders are one step closer to putting the power of DNA to work in combination with expected progeny differences (EPDs) by using the first genomic-enhanced EPDs available for multiple traits.

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Friday, November 20,2009

BLM sets advisory meeting

by WLJ
The Bureau of Land Managements (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, in Reno, NV, to discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on western public rangelands.

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Friday, November 20,2009

Reminder for Colorado sheep and goats

by WLJ
The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds Colorado producers to tag and identify their sheep and goats for scrapie prior to a change of ownership or going to a livestock show.

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Friday, November 20,2009

Voluntary livestock liquidations on the rise, say bankers

by DTN
Grim financials for dairy and pork producers were casting a pall over proceedings of the National Agricultural Bankers Conference in San Antonio, TX, last week. For the first time in 25 years, sessions were concentrating on topics such as organizing loan workouts, handling bankruptcies, and stresstesting loan portfolios.

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Friday, November 20,2009

Superior Livestock Auction under new ownership

by WLJ
Superior Livestock Auction, Inc. is under new ownership. Superior Livestock is now owned by SLAI, LLC which is a wholly owned entity of Farm Credit West, ACA. Farm Credit West is a strong supporter of the livestock industry and is proud to be the new owner of Superior Livestockthe largest livestock auction company in the U.

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Friday, November 20,2009

The genetic effect over time, selection for beef quality makes a difference

by WLJ
That paper, written by Larry Corah and Mark Mc- Cully of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), examines the factors that have driven quality grades up, ending a 30-year decline. By this summer, 60.1 percent of cattle in the nations harvest mix were grading Choice, a 7.

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Friday, November 13,2009

USDA lowers 2009 corn crop expectations slightly

by WLJ
The pace of corn harvest improved last week as drier weather has allowed farmers in some states to get back to the business of harvest. However, the progress still lags behind previous years and there is a chance that additional weather delays in the week ahead could further delay completion.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Nevada burro gather proves old methods still work

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge lies in remote northwestern Nevada, a sprawling expanse of over half a million acres of high desert landscape. Flat-topped mesas rise precipitously off the sagebrush flats, and jagged rimrock punctuates the horizon.

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Friday, November 13,2009

California lawmakers pass landmark water legislation

by WLJ
Though California is often viewed as an oasis by those outside the Golden State, farmers and ranchers who earn a living in the agricultural wonderland know that it is not always paradise as water for crops, livestock and an increasing population is a hard bill to fit.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Senate to expand food safety initiative

by WLJ
Last week, Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow jumped into the debate over food safety by introducing a sweeping set of reforms which would trace all the way back to the farmer or rancher who produced the food. Senate Bill 2758 (S.

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