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Friday, August 15,2014

Amid diverse opinions, Beef Checkoff rift continues

by DTN
R-CALF USA, which is not a member of the group, issued a warning that other farm groups plan to agree by next Friday to a proposal it considers “smoke and mirrors,” while some participants in the group said no agreement would be announced until this fall or winter, if ever.

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Friday, August 15,2014

New bipartisan measure on the ballot for California water crisis

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We are especially pleased that the storage portion of this legislation is a continuous appropriation preventing the legislature from withholding funding. Passage of this legislation is an essential first step in adding capacity to our state’s existing storage infrastructure,” Nassif said.

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Friday, August 15,2014

30th ICA bull tests start

by WLJ
The ICA Bull Evaluation Program (BEP) has a long reputation of offering elite genetics to commercial breeders and other purebred producers. By participating in the program, seedstock producers—whether they have a small or large operation—can benchmark their genetics and compare their outcomes with those from other herds.

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Friday, August 15,2014

NARMS report finds hopeful trends in Salmonella, E. Coli in beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
of the NARMS report is to track the presence of four key bacteria in humans, animals for slaughter, and retail meat, as well as to track trends in the antibiotic-resistance of those bacteria. The report looks at Salmonella, Campylobacter, Enterococcus,.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Don't let parasites take a bite out of your profits

by WLJ
Internal parasites in cattle—often called worms—eat away at the performance and marbling potential in fed cattle, even when they’re dewormed properly at arrival. That’s according to research at Iowa State University (ISU), which also suggests deworming stockers or preconditioned calves as a “best management” approach.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Dee Likes steps down

by WLJ
The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is stepping aside after 31 years in the position. Dee Likes will assume the title of KLA Chief Executive Emeritus December 31, 2014, and will remain employed by KLA in an advisory role to work on future initiatives.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Researches look at how temperament affects immunity

by WLJ
As a new load of weaned calves enters the feedlot, workers prepare to process the calves upon arrival. Processing would likely include vaccinating these calves to prevent respiratory disease and treating them for parasites, among other regular processing procedures.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Corn is again a low cost feedstock for biofuel use

by WLJ
As commodity producers, American farmers are no stranger to the rollercoaster ride of prices being offered for their products. The last several years have offered opportunities for profits for corn growers due to low national yields, robust exports and increased domestic demand.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Vet med mobility act signed into law

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in the U.S. House of Representatives in July, and its signing by President Obama Aug. 1, ensures that veterinarians will be able to continue to use controlled substances on farms and ranches, outside of clinic settings.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Differing views on trespassing laws

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As a brief background, several Wyoming ranchers filed a trespass suit against WWP’s Wyoming Director Jonathan Ratner and 10 unnamed WWP interns/employees back in mid-June. The ranchers are the plaintiffs in the case, being represented in part by Karen Budd-Falen, Public Lands Attorney with Budd-Falen Law Offices based in Cheyenne, WY.

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