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Friday, March 14,2014

Vilsack defends COOL rule; trade goes two ways

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack vigorously defended country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for red meat to the National Farmers Union last Monday, but he also warned that restrictions on meat imports need to be science-based if the United States is to continue to win export markets.

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Friday, March 14,2014

AI increases options for producers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Starting out with just heifers, Blair liked the idea of being able to use proven bulls and pick for certain traits, so in 1990 he began using AI on his cows. After breeding a couple of generations of heifers, he realized the AI daughters were too good to cull.

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Friday, March 14,2014

AI programs require attention to detail

by WLJ
• Temperament. Temperament will vary among animals and is both a safety and production (growth, reproduction, carcass quality) issue. Recent work done at Oregon State has reported a correlation between temperament and pregnancy success.

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Friday, March 14,2014

How you feed impacts AI success; gaining diets improve results

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Despite the perceptions of the mainstream population, those in agriculture are a technologically advanced lot. Cutting-edge? Try bleeding edge. Technological advancement and adoption of the most recent science—particularly in the pursuit of the best genetics—is par for the course on many ranching operations.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Forage quality starts with the planning process, not the finished product

by WLJ
Last summer while making farm calls on some of the best farms and hay producers in my area, I decided to ask each farmer what was the most important thing or things that made them stand out.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Extension provides farm bill education

by WLJ
Information about the Agricultural Act of 2014 is being provided to producers and other ag-related professionals through a series of nationally broadcast webinars hosted by specialists from University of Wyoming (UW) Extension and six western states..

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Friday, March 14,2014

Record keeping crucial for livestock producers

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia has repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Building a genetic program through the use of reproductive technologies

by WLJ
to access information on the most cutting-edge management tools available throughout the industry for bolstering their breeding programs. This selective event is also available as a webinar. Cattlemen wishing to attend the conference either in person or via their home computers need to register at iGrow.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Slaughter cow market following seasonal pattern, only more so

by WLJ
Cull cow prices typically advance from November lows to a May peak that averages nearly 19 percent higher than November price levels. Slaughter cow prices in January averaged $89.06/ cwt. (OKC), close to the average seasonal increase of nearly 6 percent over November prices.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Japan puts snag in Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a press conference with several ag organizations, the groups explained why their support has now switched to opposition; Japan’s offer does not even come close to meeting the agreement expectations.

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