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Friday, July 17,2009

Livestock groups denounce cash-for-grass pitch

by WLJ
Last week, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), Montana Public Lands Council, Montana Association of Grazing Districts, and the national Public Lands Council denounced an effort by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to buy out ranchers grazing leases on the Charles M.

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Friday, July 17,2009

Caribbean nations reopen to U.S. protein exports

by WLJ
U.S. beef and pork exports got a boost last week from Costa Rica and St. Lucia, according to USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service. Costa Rica last Monday expanded its import protocol to accept bone-in U.S. beef along with boneless beef, further processed product, and offal such as beef tongues, kidneys, livers and hearts.

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Friday, July 17,2009

Intensive grazing increases productivity

by WLJ
Managing animals time on pasture can increase the stocking rate while providing palatable nutrition to the animals, said Doug Anderson, University of NebraskaLincoln Extension educator in Keith, Arthur and Perkins counties.

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Friday, July 17,2009

Angus Genetics Inc. and IGENITY introduce first genomic-enhanced EPDs

by WLJ
Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Merial have entered into an exclusive agreement to provide American Angus Association breeders with genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs) powered by IGENITY. This will be the first time beef producers have access to genomic-enhanced EPDs for multiple traits at onceand from an Angus-specific DNA profile.

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Friday, July 17,2009

Nebraska seeks funds to cull herd

by DTN
Nebraskas two U.S. senators and three representatives sent a letter to USDA requesting funds to compensate a Rock County, NE, rancher for culling his herd after several cattle in the herd contracted bovine tuberculosis (TB).

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Friday, July 17,2009

California leaders call for rural stimulus

by WLJ
Investments in water development, food programs and education will stimulate rural economies and help revive hard-hit communities, according to the leader of the states largest farm organization.

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Friday, July 17,2009

Beef checkoff posting return of $5.55 for every dollar invested

by WLJ
The Beef Checkoff Program returned about $5.55 in value to beef producers for every dollar they invested into it between 2003 and 2008. Thats the overall conclusion of a new economic study completed by Dr. Ron Ward, professor emeritus for the Food and Resource Economics Department of the University of Florida.

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Friday, July 10,2009

Oregon producers actively promoting their industry

by WLJ
Oregon ranchers have long been aware that selfstyled environmentalist groups run aggressive advertising and public relations campaigns which often damage the image of ranchers while enriching the war chests of such groups for their next round of litigation.

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Friday, July 10,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Hayes Walker III died on July 5, 2009, in Lees Summit, MO. He was born on March 20, 1934, in Kansas City to Mary Elizabeth Walker and Hayes Walker Jr. Hayes graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1952 and earned a B.S. in Ag Journalism at Kansas State University in 1956 in Manhattan, KS.

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Friday, July 10,2009

First case of vesicular stomatitis in 2009 detected in south Texas

by WLJ
The nations first case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) for 2009 has been detected in a horse in Starr County in far south Texas. VS is a sporadically occurring virus that is endemic to the U.S.

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