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Friday, May 8,2009

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
Dealing with cattle just got easier with Powder Rivers new Cattlemans Double Down Tub and Alley. The double alleyway will make the cattle-working experience quicker and easier. They flow from the tub easier than ever with two nice openings to choose from when entering the double alley.

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Friday, May 8,2009

GLCI to link ranchers and conservationists

by WLJ
Grazing lands make up between two-thirds and three-fourths of the national land base. The wise management of these lands has environmental and economic implications that exceed common perception or understanding, says Bob Drake, chairman of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI).

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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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