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Friday, November 6,2009

Treatment of cow affects calf

by WLJ
A three-year University of NebraskaLincoln (UNL) study, conducted at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory and the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, demonstrates what a cow eats during late pregnancy affects her calf, said a UNL specialist.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Grass farmers let livestock do the work

by WLJ
[Grass farming] is not labor intense and its not equipment intense. Its basically using the animals to do the work for you, said a Nebraska grass farmer at the Nebraska Grazing Conference.

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Friday, November 6,2009

$17 million in grants for beginning producers

by WLJ
USDA announced the award of more than $17 million in grants to 29 institutions to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers and enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Checkoff-funded Consumer Veal Index benchmarked in 2009

by WLJ
In July 2009, new questions were added to the existing checkoff-funded Consumer Beef Index to specifically track additional attitudes and perceptions regarding veal. The tool provides meaningful, evaluative consumer-focused data that helps the checkoff assess the impact of the beef industrys efforts to build demand.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Colorado Department of Agriculture exploring Russia as market for states cattle

by WLJ
Dawn Vel%u1CF1uez de P%u9CA5z with the Colorado Department of Agricultures Markets Division and Colorado cattleman Gary Volk traveled to Moscow, Russia, in October to explore new prospects for marketing Colorado cattle in Russia.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Frost can induce prussic acid accumulations

by WLJ
It was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions, sorghums (including the forage sorghums) are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid, or commonly called prussic acid. Prussic acid, when ingested by cattle, is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and blocks the animals cells from utilizing oxygen.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Financial woes hit livestock, ethanol producers

by DTN
Deterioration in the credit quality of ethanol and livestock producers is prompting a flurry of debt restructuring and higher loan losses at the Farm Credit System and other ag lenders.

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Friday, November 6,2009

GLCI hopes to link ranchers and conservationists

by WLJ
Ranchers and conservationists share an interest in managing grazing lands for optimum ecologic health. They, and others interested in the environmental and economic implications of range management, are invited to a national conference of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) being held in Reno, NV, Dec.

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Monday, November 2,2009

Washington state officials draft wolf plan

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Jack Field, executive vice president of the Ellensburg, WA-based Washington Cattlemen's Association, fears his state's proposed gray wolf management plan sets the number of allowed breeding pairs way too high. He also doubts the Evergreen State can afford the plan's generous compensation for ranchers who lose livestock to the predators.

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Friday, October 30,2009

Lead role for USDA in climate bill

by DTN
The discussion draft of a climate-change bill agriculture and forestry title being developed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow would order the U.S.

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