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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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Friday, November 13,2009

Harrell elected American Hereford Association president

by WLJ
Bob Harrell Jr., Baker City, OR, was announced as the new president of the American Hereford Association (AHA) during the Annual Membership Meeting in Kansas City, MO, Nov. 2.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Fall market pressures make feeding culls attractive

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
For producers on a fall weaning schedule, October and November are typically when cow productivity is reevaluated and cull cows are pulled from the herd. For some producers, marketing culls involves little more than hauling them to the sale as quickly as possible, regardless of the fact

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Friday, November 6,2009

Manure emissions report delayed

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Farmers and ranchers won’t be required for at least a year to report livestock manure as greenhouse gas emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanks to the efforts of Reps. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Tom Latham, R-IA. The Senate version of the Interior & Environment Appropriations Act of FY2010 excluded a provision

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Friday, November 6,2009

Rustlers roam western states

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As fall roundups get into full swing and cattle begin to come in off summer ranges, ranchers in some areas may need to look closely and make sure their cattle are all present. Whether the result of a bad economy or simple greed, livestock theft seems to be a growing problem in many western

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