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Friday, July 10,2009

Watermelons could be tapped for ethanol

by WLJ
With their sweet, refreshing juices and succulent interior, watermelons are a favorite summertime treat, especially around July 4th. But now this Independence Day favorite could become even more of a patriotic commodity. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) studies in Lane, OK, have shown that simple sugars in watermelon juice can be made into ethanol.

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Friday, July 10,2009

AngusSource cattle excel against regional averages

by WLJ
A summary of Angus- Source fed cattle proves the program does more than just source-and-age verify. The genetic component helps point out higher-quality cattle, says Sara Snider, AngusSource director. Nearly 50 lots of Angus- Source-tagged calves were tracked through Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB)-licensed feed yards.

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Friday, July 10,2009

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
IGENITY now has the beef industrys most comprehensive list of DNA analyses for seven genetic abnormalities. This list consists of both Neuropathic Hydrocephalus and Arthrogryposis Multiplex as well as Coat Color Dilution, Idiopathic Epilepsy, Osteopetrosis (OS), Pulmonary Hypoplasia Anasarca (PHA) and Tibial Hemimelia (TH).

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Friday, July 10,2009

Get on board for the 2009 Montana Red Angus Tour

by WLJ
Montana Red Angus Breeders invite you to tour our cattle Aug. 29-30. The 2009 tour will be hosted by the breeders in southwestern Montana in the beautiful Gallatin and Madison counties. This tour will be loaded with fantastic cattle, good food, entertainment, and prizes.

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Friday, July 10,2009

Court supports sheep producers claim

by WLJ
Reports outlining the findings and conclusions on the risk of disease transmission from domestic sheep to bighorn sheep submitted by the Risk Assessment Disease Transmission (RADT) Committee and the Payette Principles Committee are not to be used by the U.

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Friday, July 10,2009

Weed problems common this year in Texas pastures

by WLJ
Farmers and ranchers are seeing more weeds both common and unusual varietiesthis year, according to Vanessa Corriher, Texas AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist based at Overton, TX. Corriher said producers can expect to have more problems with weeds this year because high fertilizer costs limited their use in many pastures last year.

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Friday, July 10,2009

Theres money in managing manurewhen its done right

by WLJ
New and expanding swine production facilities in North Carolina are required to use manure management systems that meet the strictest environmental performance standards in the nation.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

USDA to revamp brucellosis plan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a tentative proposal regarding brucellosis that, if enacted, could drastically change the way the disease is managed in the U.S. The proposal is actually a revised version of a plan that was first released last fall,

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Sen. Dean Florezs, D-Shafter, latest attempt to limit the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture was set to be heard last Wednesday before the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

Spraying invasive weeds doesnt always pay

by WLJ
Rangeland ecologist Matt Rinella at the ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, MT, and colleagues conducted the study. Data they collected 16 years after a one-time aerial spraying of herbicide showed that the invasive leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L).

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