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Friday, September 4,2009

AHA announces fall 2009 Gold TPR breeders

by WLJ
Sixteen dedicated Hereford breeders achieved Gold TPR TM (Total Performance Records) status for fall 2009, according to the American Hereford Association (AHA). The Gold TPR Breeder recognition is presented to progressive Hereford breeders who have measured traits and collected and promptly submitted performance data at all levels of production.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Numbers vary on land use change as a result of climate legislation

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Some agricultural opponents of climate change legislation argue the U.S. could lose significant crop acres to forestry, but others worry about cleaner energy demanding more cropland to grow biofuels and renewable electricity. One of the key battles on climate legislation right now is just how much land shifting would occur.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Registration open for annual Young Ag Leadership Conference

by WLJ
Register now for the 2009 Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC) Oct. 2-4 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena, MT.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Utilizing DNA markers today ... and tomorrow

by WLJ
Recently, it seems that seedstock and commercial producers are being bombarded with advertising that promotes a variety of DNA marker technologies for application in selection and management programs.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Cattle producers can cut costs with wise bull selection

by WLJ
Like the rest of the economy, producers in the agricultural sector are feeling the crunch with cattle prices down and operating costs up. In these times of economic difficulty, were all looking for ways to help improve our bottom line, said Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky extension beef cattle specialist.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Livestock Indemnity Program claims due

by WLJ
Livestock producers who suffered excessive weatherrelated animal deaths from Jan. 1, 2008, through July 12, 2009, have until Sept. 13 to apply for payments under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

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Friday, September 4,2009

Manage foot rot to protect cattle herd performance

by WLJ
Producers who recognize foot rot and develop strategies to prevent and treat it can successfully protect their cattle herds performance. Causing an estimated 75 percent of all lameness diagnosed in beef cattle, foot rot, or interdigital dermatitis, can be detrimental to the health of a herd and profits of an operation.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Idaho fights to keep brucellosis-free status

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Dr. Bill Barton, Idahos state veterinarian, expects to conduct two meetings in Idaho this month to help ensure the state remains brucellosis-free despite bordering Yellowstone National Parkthe last U.S. reservoir of the disease that can cause spontaneous abortions in livestock, wild elk and bison.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Iowa feedlot cleared of unjustified EPA charges

by WLJ
The Federal Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) ability to cite feedlots for discharging waste without physical evidence was nullified in the Vos versus EPA case recently ruled upon.In January 2007, EPA charged four Iowa cattle feedlot operators with illegally discharging pollutants from their feedlots.

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Friday, September 4,2009

NALF calls attention to teat, udder scoring

by WLJ
As fall calving begins, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) encourages its members to score their cows teat sizes and udder suspensions so the data can help guide future selection decisions. The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has standardized guidelines for teat and udder scoring.

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