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Friday, January 9,2015

Vet's Perspective

Preparing for calving season

by WLJ
Adequate preparation is crucial to calving success and an upward economic return on your investment. Keeping track of herd records and preparing for the calving season are important measures to enhance production success. As we see more calves in the upcoming fall months, a few specific points are worthy of consideration on your farm.

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Friday, January 9,2015

The short-lived life and death of checkoff plan two

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
In December, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced he would withdraw his October plans to create a second Beef Checkoff assessment under the Commodity, Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1996, in part because of Congress’ lack of funding for the program.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Deadline missed for mechanically tenderized label, description added

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Just before the U.S. rang in the New Year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the old one out with a final rule, adding another piece to the labeling for processors of raw meat and poultry. Store bought meat products will now have any added solutions listed on the labels.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Looking forward: Rain for the dry Southwest

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) long-term projections, the Southwest is expected to get higher than average levels of precipitation through May. However, this also comes with predictions of higher than average temperatures.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Argentina FMD risk a big producer concern

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Argentina provided certain conditions are met. This proposal would provide for the importation of beef from Northern Argentina into the United States while continuing to protect the United States against the introduction of foot and mouth disease,” APHIS states.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Ranchers under 35 years extinct by 2033

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
A recent study published in the Society for Range Management’s Rangelands journal paints a bleak picture of the future of ranching in the West. According to the researchers, at the current pace of agricultural aging, there won’t be any ranchers under the age of 35 by 2033.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Richards: Why science alone can't save the West

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
For example, she said antigrazing groups are using a recently-published sagegrouse study to forward their agenda. That study says that sage-grouse nests are most successful where grass is a minimum of seven inches high—in certain cases.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Body condition score at calving is the key to young cow success

by WLJ
Research data sets have shown conclusively that young cows that calve in thin body condition but regain weight and condition going into the breeding season do not rebreed at the same rate as those that calve in good condition and maintain that condition into the breeding season.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Feedlot E. coli study suggests new buffer areas are needed

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Whether or not this study sets the stage for new regulations remains to be seen, but first author Elaine Berry and her colleagues sampled leafy greens growing in nine plots (three each at 60, 120, and 180 meters downwind from the cattle feedlot at the research center) over a two-year period.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Research links red meat sugar to cancer in mice

by WLJ
Generally speaking, the researchers, led by Ajit Varki, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicineof the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, investigated the effects of a characteristic chemical compound in red meat on tumor generation in mice.

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