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Friday, February 20,2009

Beef Quality Assurance program raises awareness

by WLJ
The Sac County Cattlemen, Fort Dodge Animal Health, and the Beef Checkoff helped sponsor a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program Jan. 13 at the feedlot of Kevin and Terri Carstensen outside of Odebolt, IA. A special thank you also goes to JR Pauley and Ullrich Farms for donating a steer for the program.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Prevention is primary focus with calf scours

by WLJ
Calf scours is one of the most frustrating experiences in a cow/calf operation. Actually, ?scours? is just the symptom of a disease that can be caused by many different bacteria and viruses. Adverse environmental factors can also contribute to an outbreak? cold, wet and muddy conditions are the most common culprits.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Winter weather tough on cattle, cattle producers

by WLJ
The extreme cold and record snowfall in parts of the northern Plains has been hard on cattle and cattle producers this winter. Cold stress increases the energy requirements of cattle, according to Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Despite proposed congressional help, wind industry faces challenges

by DTN
Advocates of wind energy touted the industry?s potential, while highlighting the potential struggles last week, even as the U.S. Senate passed its version of the stimulus bill that would pump billions into wind energy and investments in upgrading the nation?s transmission grid.

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Friday, February 13,2009

Ranching school offers valuable education

by WLJ
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announces an exciting opportunity for ranchers to learn valuable tips to help protect their ranching investments.

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Friday, February 13,2009

OSU hires specialist to address ranchers? needs

by WLJ
Oregon State University (OSU) has hired a recently graduated animal scientist from the University of Florida to conduct research on beef cattle and help address ranchers? needs. Reinaldo Cooke, who started in January, is based at OSU?s Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns.

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Friday, February 13,2009

Plan now to find hay substitutes

by WLJ
This winter?s extreme cold and heavy snow have begun to take their toll on already short hay supplies, warns Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service beef cattle specialist. Cows are consuming 30 percent to 40 percent more hay than normal in some situations as they try to maintain body weight during the cold weather.

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Friday, February 13,2009

Carcass Ultrasound 101 Ultrasound contemporary groups

by WLJ
Though their importance is often overlooked, contemporary groups are truly the cornerstone of any genetic evaluation. Unfortunately, establishment of an ultrasound contemporary group is sometimes done improperly.

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Friday, February 13,2009

Arizona rancher faces $32 million lawsuit

by WLJ
In a case that could set a dangerous precedent for ranchers along the U.S./ Mexico border, Arizona rancher Roger Barnett was in court last week to fight a lawsuit filed by 16 illegal immigrants he apprehended on his 22,000-acre ranch, the Washington Times.

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Friday, February 13,2009

Checkoff funds ethanol co-product research

by WLJ
Researche rs from across the country gathered at a ch e cko fffunded summit titled ?Ethanol Co-Products?Beef Product Implications? in November 2006 to develop a summary of existing research and establish future research needs.

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