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Friday, October 23,2009

MSGA reminds ranchers about the importance of being involved

by WLJ
With all the things happening right now in Washington, D.C., that have the potential to drastically change the way we are allowed to do our work as ranchers, everyone needs to get involved in their associations, local and statewide, Hougen said.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Nebraska Cattlemen seeking steers for fund-raiser

by WLJ
The Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) Research Education Foundation (NCREF) is seeking donations of steers for its annual Retail Value Steer Challenge feeding competition. This is the foundations primary fund-raiser, generating money for scholarships and education and research projects that benefit the Nebraska cattle industry.

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Friday, October 23,2009

AngusSource Carcass Contest winners continue to raise standards

by WLJ
In Lindsay, NE, Beller Feedlot repeated its secondquarter win in the north central region with CAB and Prime acceptance rates at 81 percent. It again relied on the high-quality aim of Homedale, ID, rancher Jimmy Thomas to score big in the carcass contest.

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Friday, October 23,2009

FSIS proposes regulations for small meat plant operations

by WLJ
USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced last week that it was ready to publish proposed regulations to implement a new voluntary cooperative program under which select state-inspected establishments will be eligible to ship meat and poultry products in interstate commerce.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Repeat of last years record-breaking meat exports unlikely

by DTN
The latest, and perhaps most profit-crushing, agricultural barrier thrown up this year by China is a ban on U.S. pork, but China also bans U.S. beef and has done so for years. In addition, China continues to threaten U.S. chicken exports in a complicated feud with the U.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Ultrasound helps understand fescue toxicosis in cattle

by WLJ
Tall fescue is the predominant grass used for grazing in the U.S. But more than 80 percent of the tall fescue in the Fescue Belt region the transition zone between the temperate north and the subtropical southis infected with an endophytic fungus.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Watch out for nitrate poisoning in forages, forbs

by WLJ
Nitrates are present in all forages, Corriher said. Strictly speaking, the nitrate poisoning should be called nitrite poisoning. With normal levels of nitrates, the range animals rumen converts the nitrate (NO3) into nitrite (NO2), which in turn is converted to ammonia, then into amino acids and then into proteins, she said.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Certified Hereford Beef marketings up

by WLJ
CHB LLC packing partners National Beef Packing Co. LLC and Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. harvested 379,282 CHB-eligible cattle and certified 250,266 total carcasses during FY 2009. A total of 36,810,360 pounds was marketed as CHB, which is up 900,000 pounds, or about 2.

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Friday, October 16,2009

EPA emissions ruling will affect feedlots

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a final rule last month that will require many feedlots to report their emissions as part of a mandatory greenhouse gas registry. According to the new rule, any facility that emits more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year will be required to report to the EPA.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Wolf hunt near Yellowstone halted

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Montana wildlife commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to halt gray wolf hunting in a wilderness district near Yellowstone National Park after nine of the predators were killed within three weeks of a special hunt’s early season start, including four members of a Cottonwood pack familiar to tourists.

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