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Friday, August 7,2009

Increasing ethanol may have consequences

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The National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency last week opposing a proposal from the ethanol industry to increase the ethanol blend percentage in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent.

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Friday, August 7,2009

Study shows legumes add to pasture value

by WLJ
Producers who interseed existing pastures with legumes can gain in excess of $50 per acre in annual production and savings, said a University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) specialist.

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Friday, July 31,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, has placed a hold on the nomination of animal rights activist Cass Sunstein who was set to be appointed to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. Sen. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr.

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Friday, July 31,2009

First cases of West Nile virus in horses reported in Washington

by WLJ
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease in equines, has been confirmed in two horses, one in Toppenish and the other in Prosser, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced last week. Neither horse was vaccinated for WNV.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Red Angus feeder calf tag sales hit record month

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) reached a milestone when the association sold a record 26,725 Red Angus yellow tags in one month. The tag entitles producers to enroll their Red Angus-influenced calves into the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) for the mere cost of the tag.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Exports weathering H1N1 influenza, economic crises

by WLJ
While May was expected to be the month in which U.S. pork exports were most affected by A-H1N1 influenza, the effect has not been as negative as some analysts had predicted, according to an analysis of USDA statistics by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. At the same time, U.

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Friday, July 31,2009

USDA grants Nebraska producers an extension of their TB status

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Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach last week announced the numbers for the sixth week of testing in the ongoing bovine tuberculosis (TB) case. All TB test results have been negative on the approximately 8,800 head of cattle tested between June 15 and July 19.

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Friday, July 31,2009

New UNL research geared to increase profitability

by WLJ
Three new University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) research projects underway at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory (GSL) near Whitman seek to reduce feed cost while maintaining benefits.

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Friday, July 31,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
A.J. Smith Jr., the 24-year editor of the Oklahoma Cowman magazine, knew of and was known by thousands of cattle producers in Oklahoma as well as other states. Saturday, July 25, Smith suffered an aneurysm during the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association state convention in Midwest City, OK, and died.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Preconditioned calves earn record premiums

by WLJ
A study of prices received on calves sold through seven video auction sales in 2008 reveals that cattle producers received the highest premiums since 1995 on VAC45 and VAC PreCon calves, and the second highest premium on VAC34 calves. Fourteen years of Pfizer Animal Health price data shows an increasing value for preconditioned calves.

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