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Friday, May 1,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Amid the concern over the current flu outbreak, Russia has suspended imports of U.S. beef and poultry, as well as pork. The bans have been placed on shipments originating from plants in states which currently have confirmed cases of the virus circulating.

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Friday, May 1,2009

Consider vaccinating for anthrax now

by WLJ
This springs flooding in the northern Plains increases the probability that anthrax will appear this summer. Producers should seriously consider vaccinating their animals before spring turnout this year, North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian Charlie Stoltenow says.

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Friday, May 1,2009

Livestock grazing not at odds, could aid grassland conservation efforts

by WLJ
On grasslands of the western Great Plains, livestock grazing typically outranks conservation efforts for rangeland managers. But these two conflicting issues could have a mutually beneficial solution, according to a new research article. In the current issue of Rangeland Ecology Management,.

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Friday, May 1,2009

Checkoff targets restaurants to help move middle meats

by WLJ
The restaurant (foodservice) channel is integral to beef producers business and livelihood. Figures from the National Restaurant Association indicate that consumers divide their food spending equally between foodservice and retail.

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Friday, May 1,2009

IBBA hosts inaugural Global Brangus Roundup

by WLJ
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) hosted the inaugural Global Brangus Roundup on March 8, 2009, a one-day event held immediately after the 2009 IBBA Convention.

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Friday, May 1,2009

Genetics and marbling in beef

by WLJ
Marbling drives valuebased beef marketing. How to infuse enough of this quality-grade potential into herd geneticsor even how much is enoughhas remained something of a mystery. Thats partly because of the wide range of research results and advice, along with a segmented supply chain and erratic market signals.

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Friday, May 1,2009

Lack of ID system could cost $13.2 billion annually

by DTN
The U.S. beef industry could lose $13.2 billion a year in market access overseas if a more robust livestock tracking system is not adopted, a study released by the Agriculture Department said last Wednesday. The report, written by university researchers, said the international market expects exporters to have animal identification and tracing systems.

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Friday, May 1,2009

Infection puts humans at risk

by WLJ
A number of calves are suffering from cryptosporidiosis this spring, which can put their handlers at risk.

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Friday, May 1,2009

SALE reports

by WLJ
Auctioneer: Jerry Lehman Ty Malek, Dan Konen, Tom Carlisle and Gary Gilbert held their first joint Big Sky Classic sale this year at the fairgrounds in Fort Benton. The quality, well-bred offering drew a large crowd, selling at mostly steady prices throughout the sale.

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Friday, May 1,2009

Hereford-Angus cross profitability proven

by WLJ
Using Hereford bulls on Angus-based cows will give producers advantages in profitability, cash flow, herd size, and retained female fertility and longevity, according to a recently completed study at Circle A Angus Ranch.

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