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Friday, January 16,2015

Beef specialist: Producers must address cold stress in the herd

by WLJ
Ron Lemenager said cattle can maintain an optimal body condition score of 5 to 5.5—an industry rating of body weight—that would allow the animal to more readily adapt to low winter temperatures as long as they have a dry winter hair coat and access to a windbreak.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Three stages of parturition

by WLJ
As the spring calving season approaches, an increased understanding of the parturition process is helpful. The more we understand about the physiology of the process, the more likely we are to make sound decisions about providing assistance. Parturition or “calving” is generally considered to occur in three stages.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Use caution when turning cattle out on corn stover

by WLJ
The practice of turning cattle out on corn stover is common and a great way to utilize crop residue and extend the grazing season. Recently, veterinarians at Michigan State University became involved with a case that reminds of us potential dangers when turning cattle out on corn stover.

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Friday, January 16,2015

The sky's the limit for UAV use in ag

by WLJ
Farmers can download, evaluate and react to data quickly. Dense rows of crops do not obstruct views. Unlike the aging farm population, UAVs are not hampered by medical issues, muddy fields or fence rows. They overcome these barriers to zoom in and immediately send photos electronically to off-farm advisers.

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Friday, January 16,2015

UAS exemption given to real estate and commercial ag use companies

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
There’s little doubt: The drones are coming, and likely in masses, but the regulations behind the airspace use is still up in the air, where the drones for the most part are not allowed to be.

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Friday, January 16,2015

New antibiotic research, costly resistance

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
In recent weeks, the topic of antibiotic resistance has been in the public consciousness. On the one hand, a pair of reports was released in the UK on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) looking at the costs of AMR and efforts to forestall it. And on the other hand, a potentially massive breakthrough was discovered in the U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Gunnison sage-grouse listing spurs litigation

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
To the courts we go! After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided in November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat, Colorado, Utah, and Gunnison County, CO, have all filed their notices of intent to sue.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Byproduct exports are important to cattle prices

by WLJ
beef exports to the U.S. cattle markets has been well- documented. Beef exports on a value basis set a record high in 2014, and so did beef byproducts. Beef byproducts are less glamorous, so their importance sometimes gets overlooked by cattle producers.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Bull buying decisions in good times

by WLJ
“We’re witnessing a cattle market for calves, feeder and live cattle unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “That’s the good news—at the same time the amount of capital at risk and the dollars at stake with every decision have never been higher.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Deadlines for farm bill

by WLJ
“These are five-year decisions,” said Dr. Joe Outlaw, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Extension Economist. “Farmers have to decide what is best for their operation, knowing that their choices will extend through the life of the farm bill.

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