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Friday, October 16,2009

Johnson hired as NCBA VP, Owner-Member Services

by WLJ
Industry veteran Todd Johnson has been tapped as the new vice president of Owner-Member Services at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA). Johnson, currently with the Kansas Beef Council, will join NCBA in January.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Wyoming producers are champs at hay superbowl

by WLJ
For the fifth year in a row, Wyoming producers have won or placed extremely high in the Worlds Forage Analysis Superbowl at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Japan backs away from plan to ban U.S. beef

by DTN
Despite strong election campaign rhetoric by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), it appears DPJ is continuing the previous Liberal Democratic Partys anti- BSE policies.

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Friday, October 16,2009

National Animal ID System lacks effectiveness

by DTN
For the commissioner of Minnesotas Department of Agriculture, a functional livestock identification program would mimic the interstate highway systema system initially created for national defense.

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Friday, October 9,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
R-CALF USA has contacted the 17 state attorneys general who, last year, helped to block JBS S.A.s acquisition of National Beef Packing Co., to request they step in to prevent the merger of JBS and Pilgrims Pride Corp. The group will contact the remaining 33 state attorneys general later this week to request the same assistance.

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Friday, October 9,2009

AFTs Farmland Information Center releases annual PACE statistics

by WLJ
According to new statistics released by American Farmland Trusts (AFT) Farmland Information Center, local farmland protection efforts slowed in 2008, likely due to record high land values. The statistics were generated from a nationwide survey of 77 independent purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs in 19 states.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Ultrasound improves sheep genetic advancement

by WLJ
At the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, ID, research leader Greg Lewis and his colleagues have shown that ultrasound could significantly improve the speed and accuracy of selective breeding methods. Producers currently rely on visual appraisals to predict carcass traits before choosing which sheep to breed.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Dairy support package slows ag spending bill

by DTN
The U.S. dairy industry is really several related industries, with high levels of specialization by area of the country. The traditional northeastern and midwestern producers frequently focus on fluid milk productionthe cartons seen in supermarkets.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Educating the next generation

by WLJ
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) recently partnered with its licensed distributor, Performance Food Group, at the Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV). Their joint mission: to educate the next generation of chefs on preparing high-quality beef dishes that will capture future consumer demand.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Ultrasound as a feedlot marketing tool

by WLJ
Using ultrasound to measure carcass quality and establish Expected Progeny Differences in the purebred beef industry has long been accepted practice. Every cattleman knows that quality beef starts with quality genetics. And centralized processing labs like the CUP Lab have made ultrasound data accurate and reliable.

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