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Friday, March 21,2014

Carcass traits are a major profit driver for producers

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Over the last 20 years the beef industry has gone through significant structural changes that have dramatically changed the profit driver matrix in the beef industry.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Steps to improve cow herd efficiency

by WLJ
Bob Weaber, Beef Breeding, Genetics and Cow/calf Specialist for Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension, said feed efficiency is converting pounds of feed resources, whether that is a concentrated diet in a feedlot or a diet of range and pasture forage, into pounds of calf gain.

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Friday, March 21,2014

How current issues affect feed efficiency

by WLJ
Bob Weaber, beef breeding, genetics and cow/calf specialist for K-State Research and Extension, said producers should consider separating their breeding decisions by selecting bulls to keep replacement females out of versus the bulls they are targeting for calves to go to the marketplace.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Social media: the global language

by WLJ
It didn’t take long for the social media phenomenon to sweep around the world, and while it is a global tool, it has local applications, making it ideal for an organization like the U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF) that supports U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports around the world, but tailors the message to each individual market.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Kansas tackles 50-year water plan; prevention cited

by DTN
Here, a dozen environmentalists and farmers peered through a dimly lit room at PowerPoint slides that highlighted the grim state of water in the Sunflower State. When the lights came up, so did the hands, as the attendees peppered Kansas state officials with questions and concerns.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Property rights win in 'Rails to Trails'

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The Supreme Court took the administrative branch of the federal government to school last week for a lesson in private property rights.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Live futures a battleground

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Things slowed down in the cash fed cattle markets last week. By Thursday afternoon, barely 3,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though the volumes were too low to name it the price for the week, the steers that sold graded 80 percent Choice or greater and went for $148 live.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Wild horse program calls for drastic changes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week the Bureau of Land Management sent out a press release requesting applications for research proposals to develop new or improve existing ways of controlling the population growth of wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

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Friday, March 14,2014

A final Klamath agreement proposed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the Rolling Stones’ popular song, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you get what you need.” That wisdom permeates the most recent agreement on the Klamath Basin water war, which may prove to be the final word in this decadeslong conflict.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The second level represented those producers who specialized in expanding the population of breeding males and females. Their principle source of income was selling sires and replacement females to the commercial producer.

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