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Friday, March 6,2009

AFBF: Bold action on tariffs would help stop global slide

by WLJ
Global economic downturns and protectionist trade policies do not mix. That is a lesson made clear by the mistakes of depression-era trade policies of the early 20th century. To halt a global march toward similar flawed policies during the 21st century, the U.

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Friday, March 6,2009

Texas trichomoniasis program adopted

by WLJ
Beginning April 1, 2009, breeding bulls entering Texas from any other state must be either 24 months of age or younger and certified as a virgin, or be tested negative for cattle trichomoniasis within 30 days prior to entry.

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Friday, March 6,2009

Challenges of neonatal calf scours and fluid therapy

by WLJ
The newborn calf has many challenges to face as it begins to live on its own. The first of these challenges is a change in environment. If a calf can get beyond the challenge of finding its feet and finding mom?s teat, there is a good chance it will be able to handle life.

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Friday, February 27,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Calving time is imminent. This is easy to see as the cows settle into the final weeks of gestation. Cows are a bit slower to get up. Their movement is not as decisive and the placement of feet is more careful. There is a noticeable decrease in the willingness to jockey for the pecking order.

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Friday, February 27,2009

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Supporters of mandator y Country of Origin Labeling (mCOOL) and opponents of further consolidation of the beef processing sector sure have a lot to cheer about. The mCOOL boosters now have the ear of our new Agriculture secretary, who has asked the meat industry to voluntarily adopt three practices stricter than those laid out in USDAs final rule.

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Friday, February 27,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Tyson Foods Inc., the worlds largest meat producer, said recently it will issue $500 million in notes and it plans to arrange a new $1 billion line of credit. The company announced that the $500 million in unsecured senior notes would be due 2014.

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Friday, February 27,2009

New group to protect access to public lands

by WLJ
The Western Legacy Alliance (WLA), a newly formed coalition, announced its kickoff to bring together likeminded organizations from various backgrounds to advocate for responsible and sustainable access to public lands.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Merrigan tapped to fill deputy spot at USDA

by WLJ
President Barack Obama chose Kathleen Merrigan, an assistant professor at Tufts University who helped develop U.S. organic food labeling rules, to be deputy secretary of agriculture, the White House said last Monday. The deputy agriculture secretary usually oversees day-to-day operations of USDA.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Researchers explore the future of agriculture

by WLJ
A study by Colorado State University (CSU) researchers on the future of agriculture in the state is seeking input on variables such as economic conditions, commodity prices, water, environmental factors and land use.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Horse slaughter bill moves forward

by DTN
The Montana House of Representatives strongly endorsed a bill that paves the way for construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana and aims to bring the industry back to the U.S. Backers said ranchers and those who own horses have been struggling ever since all the slaughterhouses in the country were closed down.

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