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Friday, June 20,2014

As heat, humidity set in, livestock heat stress is danger

by WLJ
Heat stress is hard on cattle and other livestock, especially when combined with high humidity and low wind speeds. Heat stress can reduce feed intake, weight gain, reproductive efficiency and milk production, while increasing susceptibility to diseases.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Conditional license issued for deadly PEDv vaccine

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced they have conditionally licensed a vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). The virus has run rampant through the nation’s hog herd and spread to other countries including Canada, Mexico and Columbia.

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Friday, June 20,2014

IRS targets 'passive' landowners

by DTN
Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a landmark tax case last week that would not only set a precedent for absentee landowners with Conservation Reserve Program contracts, but could potentially redefine tax treatment of cash rents, conservation easements and other types of passive income if allowed to stand, farm managers and legal scholars say.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Tax Q&A: Tax shock, charitable giving and gifts

by DTN
As to solutions, there is really only one choice: A short-term lease that is rewritten every year or two to reflect the diminishing value of the equipment.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Senate debates ag appropriations bill

by DTN
It is unclear how long the Senate debate will last because the agriculture bill has been packaged with two other appropriations measures in what is being referred to as a “minibus” as opposed to the omnibus bills that sometimes fund the government when Congress doesn’t pass individual appropriations bills.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Diet studies a dime a dozen during grilling season

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The list of dos and don’ts in a healthy diet just got a few new additions from some questionable diet “gurus.” A new review of old research co-authored by a group with strong animal rights connections includes six new dietary recommendations that supposedly will help prevent cancer, “even when evidence on certain issues are up for debate.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Keystone action coming

by DTN
Though a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would traverse farm and ranch lands in the Nebraska Sandhills is unlikely to come from the Obama administration ahead of the November elections, a U.S.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Protect hay from wet conditions

by WLJ
Added feeding losses can compound the problem and result in an additional 25 percent of the feed being wasted. Research has shown that differences between covered and uncovered large round bales can be almost 30 percentage points with.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Animal trapping records reveal strong wolf effect across North America

by WLJ
This effect requires that enough wolves be present to suppress coyotes over a wide area. Fur trapping records from Saskatchewan and Manitoba reveal that where wolves are absent in the southern agricultural regions of each province, coyotes outnumber foxes on average by 3-to-1.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Blue-green algae poisoning livestock

by WLJ
Cases usually occur in late summer or early fall, when stagnant ponds and the right nutrient conditions allow for overgrowth of algae, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist.

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