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Friday, November 20,2009

The genetic effect over time, selection for beef quality makes a difference

by WLJ
That paper, written by Larry Corah and Mark Mc- Cully of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), examines the factors that have driven quality grades up, ending a 30-year decline. By this summer, 60.1 percent of cattle in the nations harvest mix were grading Choice, a 7.

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Friday, November 13,2009

USDA lowers 2009 corn crop expectations slightly

by WLJ
The pace of corn harvest improved last week as drier weather has allowed farmers in some states to get back to the business of harvest. However, the progress still lags behind previous years and there is a chance that additional weather delays in the week ahead could further delay completion.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Nevada burro gather proves old methods still work

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge lies in remote northwestern Nevada, a sprawling expanse of over half a million acres of high desert landscape. Flat-topped mesas rise precipitously off the sagebrush flats, and jagged rimrock punctuates the horizon.

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Friday, November 13,2009

California lawmakers pass landmark water legislation

by WLJ
Though California is often viewed as an oasis by those outside the Golden State, farmers and ranchers who earn a living in the agricultural wonderland know that it is not always paradise as water for crops, livestock and an increasing population is a hard bill to fit.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Senate to expand food safety initiative

by WLJ
Last week, Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow jumped into the debate over food safety by introducing a sweeping set of reforms which would trace all the way back to the farmer or rancher who produced the food. Senate Bill 2758 (S.

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Friday, November 13,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, said she plans to propose legislation that would, among other things, create an Office of Humane Slaughter within USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Friday, November 13,2009

Observe bulls during the start of breeding season

by WLJ
The fall breeding season is about to begin. Herds that aim for a Sept. 1 first calving date will turn bulls out in the latter part of November.While conducting a research trial several years ago, I was collecting data on the ability of a bull to breed synchronized cows. The bull (being observed) was mature and had been successfully used in the past. Also, he had passed a breeding soundness exam.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Wet, cool fall reduces availability of dairy-quality hay

by DTN
The unseasonably wet and cool fall may leave dairy producers scrambling to find their supplies of dairy-quality hay for winter.Just as farmers have struggled to get row crops out of the field because of the rain and snow this fall, alfalfa growers also have found it difficult to get their last cuttings of alfalfa dried and put up, especially with the quality needed for dairy cattle, according to Dr.

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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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