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Friday, October 31,2014

South Texas cattle program could reflect a growing national herd

by WLJ
“When we started this program 16 years ago, we had 80-90 bulls in the program,” Zamora said. “But lately, we’ve only been getting 40-50 bulls. The drought really decreased our numbers. But with good rains and greener pastures, we could see an increase this year.

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Friday, October 31,2014

USFWS sage grouse conclusion called unbelievable

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A scathing letter, shared with the media, was sent to Lohoefener from Amodei pointing out the lack of transparency from USFWS, along with a number of disturbing conclusions and practices USFWS has already begun implementing on the Nevada Sage Grouse plan.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Mule deer migration benefits from sage grouse conservation efforts

by WLJ
Conservationists long have speculated that protective measures for sage grouse also benefit the more than 350 other species that inhabit sagebrush ecosystems, but this study is the first to quantify the “umbrella” benefits of those actions for migratory mule deer.

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Friday, October 31,2014

GMOs confuse Chinese consumers, too

by DTN
“Though scientists have been promoting the production and usage of GMO crops, public media has brought a lot of discussion on the safety issue of GMO food, and most of the information from it was negative,” said Guanghui Xie, a professor at China Agricultural University.

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Monday, October 27,2014

The WTO rules against COOL... again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Like it or not, the fact is, it’s 2014, we live in a global economy, and Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is discriminatory—at least that was the gist of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling on COOL last Monday, Oct. 20, and the U.S.

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Monday, October 27,2014

Ranchers talk transferring fed's land to states

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
At a recent council meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, some 90 individuals from 14 states convened to discuss the prospect of transferring the majority of federal lands to state ownership. The federal government owns at least 30 percent of each state west of the Rockies—all told, about 50 percent of the West.

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Monday, October 27,2014

What happens if cattle disappear?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Cattle-free in ’93!” Despite over two decades of failure, this mantra still highlights the reality that there are people who want to remove cattle (and sheep and other domestic livestock) from the public range.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Considerations for fall cattle markets

by WLJ
The price of 475-pound, Medium and Large Number 1 steers in Oklahoma has averaged $281.81/cwt. the past six weeks. This includes the latest weekly average price of $294.80/cwt. at the seven federally reported auctions in the state. This price compares to an average of $183.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Minimizing storage, nutrition loss in hay

by WLJ
She explained that hay stored inside allows for a reduction in contact with soil and moisture thus reducing spoilage. Some disadvantages of indoor storage are unwelcome animals, limited storage space, and bales must be stored carefully to prevent falling or exerting too much pressure on the sides of the barn.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Replace winter hay with corn-based feedstuffs

by WLJ
“Corn and corn-derived feeds such as distiller’s grains and silage are much lower in price compared to recent history. Hay and roughage costs are lower as well, but on a percentage basis the price decline has not been as dramatic as compared to corn prices,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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