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Friday, August 22,2014

Manure management for the small farm

by WLJ
Small farms are different than large farms; the challenges of managing manure nutrients are different but the principles are the same. Small farms may have fewer animals and sometimes several animal species on the same farm. Those farms could also have limited acreage and possibly lack the equipment necessary for spreading manure.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Marbling matters as weaning time approaches

by WLJ
Marbling in cattle—the taste fat—was long considered the feedlot’s responsibility, until research pointed to opportunities all the way back to the ranch. Genetic potential is a key, and deposition of this intramuscular fat links to management decisions much earlier than those final months on feed.

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Friday, August 22,2014

PETA video backfires

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
PETA’s most recent video, taken at a small North Carolina dairy, shows Holstein cows walking through hockdeep liquid manure. The voiceover claims the cows are emaciated and forced to live in the squalid conditions, a detail that caught the attention of dairy farmer and active ag blogger, Carrie Mess, better known online as “Dairy Carrie.

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Friday, August 22,2014

PLC annual meeting on grazing

by WLJ
Public Lands Council (PLC) will hold its annual meeting Sept. 3-6 in the southwest Colorado town of Ignacio. PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to representing ranchers with public land grazing rights.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Spring and summer weather conditions prime for ergot

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
This year’s wet, cool spring, followed with heat and humidity created the ideal conditions for ergot growth, according to extension specialists in some states across the upper Midwest.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Prevented planting acres decline

by DTN
“The temptation here is to subtract FSA’s prevent planted acres from USDA’s planting estimates, but later [World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates] reports don’t always turn out that way,” Hultman said.

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Friday, August 22,2014

USDA seeks input on revisions to outdated beef grading standards

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The current U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef were set in 1997, and 17 years later, some key players in the industry are wondering if they may very well be a little outdated. The U.S. Department of Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is included in that and has plans to make some adjustments with a little help from producers and consumers.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

by WLJ
Grandin gave a lecture Aug. 14 to Texas A&M University’s department of animal science faculty. Grandin also was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctoral degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during Friday’s graduation ceremonies at Texas A&M in College Station.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Forest Service's 'plan revision' rejected

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington are asking the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to go back to the drawing board on a planning effort that would direct the management of three national forests in the Blue Mountain range. The plan would revise the management framework for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa- Whitman National Forests, roughly 5.

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Friday, August 22,2014

New report shows budget impact of rising firefighting costs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Vilsack shared a new report last week that showed that the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, and that the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk.

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