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Friday, September 26,2014

Re-breeding open cows for fall calves

by WLJ
He explained by pointing out that a 1,250-pound young cow has approximately the same current value as does a feeder calf suitable for backgrounding. “Using today’s cheaper feedstuffs and the existing bull battery, she could be exposed to breeding for a fall calf,” he said.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

by WLJ
Patterson told Dent County beef producers how to improve calving success as heifers join the cow herd. Beef farmers enrolled in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program have increased live births with calving-ease genetics. However, getting heifers pregnant takes long-term planning for nutrition and prebreeding exams.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Fires burn what drought left parched

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The wildfires that have raged through much of the West this past summer took a heavy toll on cattle, grazing land, fences and ranchers striving to survive one of the most devastating droughts ever recorded. Now many cattle producers are wondering if they will be allowed.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Ranchers seek due process with USFS

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) says it isn’t a duck…granted, nobody is likely to care. But sometimes, what the agency calls something is important, according to Public Lands Council (PLC) member, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) Federal Lands Chairman and Arizona rancher David Cook.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Ag tops list for most fatal injuries on the job

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Overall, the report found the rate of fatal workplace injuries declined, but “cattle ranching and farming,” which includes both dairy and beef operations, represented over a third of all agricultural (crop and animal production) occupational fatalities, and the massive majority of all fatalities within the animal production category.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Farming on the Mother Road

by DTN
Route 66 stretches across the high desert and through to valleys on the other side of the San Bernardino Mountains before blending into the weaving interstates and highways of greater Los Angeles. Any reflection of the old highway heading to Santa Monica Pier gets lost in the intensity of daily Los Angeles interstate traffic.

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Friday, September 19,2014

USDA focusing on railcar shortages

by DTN
Speaking to reporters after a Growth Energy event, Vilsack said the conversation took place in Buffett’s Omaha office and that Buffett had noted that the BNSF railroad, in which he is a major investor, has made commitments to improve service and the railroad’s infrastructure.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Farmer corn bins, elevators full

by DTN
In a letter written by Tim Luken, Manager of Oahe Grain in Onida, SD, and presented at the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) recent rail hearing, Luken stated, “I have sold very little small grain into the market due to not knowing when I will be receiving cars to ship out in a timely manner.

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Friday, September 19,2014

AMI and co-plaintiffs seek rehearing in COOL appeal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Sept. 12, the American Meat Institute (AMI), as lead plaintiff, along with eight co-plaintiffs of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the ongoing litigation over COOL.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Tax Q&A: Cutting health benefits?

by DTN
If a small employer has been providing group coverage and the group premiums remain affordable for that employer, there is no reason to change. Further, the employer and employee continue to be free to negotiate any split of the premium costs.

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