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Friday, July 25,2014

Go north little dogies

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As of July 16, APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) provisionally re-instated the live cattle import certificate to 56 municipalities in Chihuahua, Mexico. The provisional move lasts until July 1, 2015, according to an emailed Import Alert sent out from APHIS to industry stakeholders.

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Friday, July 25,2014

RoundUp rat study, take two

by WLJ
French researcher Gilles- Eric Séralini published his now-infamous RoundUp rat study back in late 2012. The study looked at the toxicity of “Roundup Ready” corn and the pesticide which gives it its casual name. It found that consuming the corn and/or the pesticide individually increased tumor growth and organ failure.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Wet hay may cause a barn fire

by WLJ
This season has been a problem because the number of days between rain has not been adequate, in many cases, to allow cut forage to dry to a safe moisture level when stored as hay, Keith Johnson said. Farmers that rushed to bale hay without using a preservative when moisture content was greater than 20 percent are at risk.

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Friday, July 25,2014

BLM fire program to focus on wildlife

by WLJ
As an integral part of its collaborative efforts with the states and other federal agencies to conserve sage grouse habitat and that of more than 350 other wildlife species including mule deer and pronghorn antelope that share habitat, the Bureau of...

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Friday, July 25,2014

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In addition, 500 dam sites will also be assessed for safety through Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Watershed Rehabilitation Program. The projects were identified based on recent rehabilitation investments and the potential risks to life and property if a dam failure occurred.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Managing feedlot cattle to eliminate stress during a heat wave

by WLJ
Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize the impact on their cattle.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Recycled water deemed suitable for irrigation

by WLJ
Last year was California’s driest on record, and the state is now in its third straight year of drought. Growers have fallowed fields they can’t irrigate, ranchers have sold cattle they can’t feed, and the state wants cities to cut water use by 20 percent.

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Monday, July 21,2014

EPA that ends well

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The EPA and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced mid- June that a long-running program, which made surplus military vehicles available to civilian organizations such as voluntary rural fire fighters, would end. The result would have cut off the availability of low- or no-cost equipment upon which rural and voluntary fire agencies depend.

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Monday, July 21,2014

UNL study takes some of the heat off of Merck's beta agonist Zilmax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a recent study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), beta agonists do not harm cattle, contrary to last year’s concerns brought up by industry partners.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Heed BQA guidelines in cow treatment

by WLJ
Summer time often brings a few infectious ailments to beef cows. Common problems include eye infections and foot rot. Treatment of affected cows will often involve the use of antibiotics. On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows.

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