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Friday, September 18,2009

Trich vaccine now available

by WLJ
An increase in the number of trichomoniasis (trich) cases being reported is a concern of cow/calf producers across the High Plains ahead of this fall and next springs calving seasons.

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Friday, September 18,2009

Steer feedout gives insights on value of calves

by WLJ
Rather than gripe about poor prices paid for their calves, beef producers should find the value of their calves by feeding them out. At the end of a feedout, the calves are sold to packers based on carcass value.

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Friday, September 18,2009

SHEEP notes

by WLJ
The McClure Silver Ram Award is dedicated to volunteer commitment and service and is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in his/her state, region or nation.

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Friday, September 18,2009

Red Angus, Simmental collaborate on conference

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) and the American Simmental Association (ASA) hosted a joint Young Guns Conference in Bozeman, MT, earlier this summer. Made up of association members, commercial producers and industry partners, the attendees delved into issues that faced both Red Angus and Simmental.

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Friday, September 11,2009

USDA Never Ever 3 certification helps producers access value-added markets

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
While producers are still trying to sort out the differences between natural, organic, and grass-fed beef, USDA has recently introduced a value-added certification to the mix in an attempt to clarify niche-marketing production claims and to provide producers with a marketing tool for their natural cattle.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Federal officials remove problem wolves in Oregon

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two juvenile wolves that have been killing livestock in Oregons Baker County have finally been removed, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). According to officials, the two problem wolves were shot and killed from a helicopter by representatives of the USDAs Wildlife Services division on the morning of Sept.

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Friday, September 11,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Smithfield Foods Inc. posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss last Tuesday, hurt by low hog prices and a drop in pork sales due in part to consumer nervousness over the H1N1 flu.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Washington adds to areas with West Nile Virus-infected horses

by WLJ
West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in seven more horses, including one in Franklin County, the first confirmed equine case in the county for 2009, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced last week. Two of the horses have been put down; the other five are recovering.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations

by WLJ
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Center (MCHF WHC) is seeking nominations for the 2010 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame induction round. This year, MCHFWHC will honor those historical figures who have had an impact on Montanas western heritage in the years 1860 to 1940.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Beginning producer advisory committee seeks nominees

by WLJ
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess announced last week that nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers are being accepted through Oct. 5, 2009.

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