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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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Friday, September 4,2009

First-ever Pan-American Hereford evaluation released

by WLJ
The first Hereford genetic evaluation that includes cattle from more than one continent has been released.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Seven Colorado horses infected with West Nile Virus

by WLJ
Seven equine cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been diagnosed in Colorado as of Aug. 28, 2009. The cases that have been recently diagnosed represent the first reported cases of WNV this year. The WNV positive tests were submitted from horses examined in the north central, northeast, and southeast regions of the state.

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Friday, September 4,2009

JBS looks to move into poultry

by WLJ
JBS SA, the Brazilian firm which made a big move into the U.S. beef industry with its purchase of Greeley, CO-based Swift, along with the assets of Smithfield Beef and Five Rivers Cattle Feeding two years ago, has announced its intention to get into the U.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Montana regains brucellosis-free status

by WLJ
Montanas governor, Brian Schweitzer, was presented Montanas Brucellosis Class Free Certificate from Dr. Brian McCluskey, western regional director of the USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Veterinary Services, last week. USDA-APHIS reinstated the states brucellosis-free status on July 9.

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