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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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Friday, November 13,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, said she plans to propose legislation that would, among other things, create an Office of Humane Slaughter within USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Friday, November 13,2009

Observe bulls during the start of breeding season

by WLJ
The fall breeding season is about to begin. Herds that aim for a Sept. 1 first calving date will turn bulls out in the latter part of November.While conducting a research trial several years ago, I was collecting data on the ability of a bull to breed synchronized cows. The bull (being observed) was mature and had been successfully used in the past. Also, he had passed a breeding soundness exam.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Wet, cool fall reduces availability of dairy-quality hay

by DTN
The unseasonably wet and cool fall may leave dairy producers scrambling to find their supplies of dairy-quality hay for winter.Just as farmers have struggled to get row crops out of the field because of the rain and snow this fall, alfalfa growers also have found it difficult to get their last cuttings of alfalfa dried and put up, especially with the quality needed for dairy cattle, according to Dr.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Cassady takes reins at Beef Improvement Federation

by WLJ
Joe Cassady of Raleigh, NC, took the reins as executive director of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) during the organizations midyear board meeting in Saint Joseph, MO, Nov. 9.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Hereford Hall of Fame new inductees

by WLJ
Ken Bieber, Onida, SD, Jack Orr, Granby, CO, Frank Rodgers, Buhl, ID, and Tom Shaw, Caldwell, ID, were all inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2 in Kansas City, MO, during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Ride the Range Beef Cow Symposium XXI bus

by WLJ
A western states tradition began in 1969 at Chadron, NE. That is when and where the first Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) was held. Since then, the event has been held every other year.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Trace mineral supplements are not created equal

by WLJ
Today, most dairymen and stockmen realize that cattle have established requirements for several mineral elements. Animals require these minerals because each element participates in one or more of the chemical functions that keep the body operating and producing normally.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Make body condition scoring routine

by WLJ
Body condition scoring uses a numerical value to estimate energy on fat reserves. The values range from 1 to 9. Cows in the lower numbers have less energy stores and are considered skinny. Cows with BCS scores of 4, 5 or 6 are average, and the cows in 7, 8 and 9 range can be easily recognized as fat.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Use of supplements in cattle rations during cold weather

by WLJ
Maintaining our cows through the various stages of pregnancy, especially through the winter months, has some unique challenges, especially when feeding low quality forages. A forage is considered low in quality when it has digestible energy of less than 1 Mcal/lb.

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