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Monday, September 8,2014

Plans for Argentinian imports spur concern

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on Aug. 28 plans to allow importation of fresh chilled or frozen beef from northern Argentina and also plans to add Argentina’s Patagonia area to the lists of regions that are considered free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and rinderpest.

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Monday, September 8,2014

WA sheep flock displaced by problem wolves

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
With two dozen sheep confirmed to be killed by wolves in recent weeks, northeast Washington ranchers Dave and Julie Dashiell have elected to remove their remaining flock to a safer location, rather than face further depredations. While the danger of wolf predation has been removed, the Dashiells point out that the deci sion.

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Monday, September 8,2014

Tyson, Hillshire Farms merger goes forward

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Back in mid-July, Tyson issued an Offer to Purchase Hillshire Farms for $63 per share in cash, with the acquisition totaling $8.5 billion. The offer was extended several times and eventually came under Department of Justice (DOJ) scrutiny for potential antitrust concerns.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Fall forage conditions and cattle production

by WLJ
The bulk of summer is past and forage conditions are improved for cattle production in many parts of the country. The latest pasture and range conditions indicate that overall range and pasture conditions in the U.S. are 20 percent poor and very poor compared to 31 percent last year and an average of 33.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Using ultrasound to market and manage cows and heifers

by WLJ
Due to ultrasound technology’s ability to detect pregnancy as early as 27 days after conception, Salverson said cows and heifers can be diagnosed open a month or more earlier than by palpation.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Manure storage options for small farms: spread or store

by WLJ
Small farms can choose to spread or store manure. Most small livestock or horse farms are handling solid manures usually with some form of bedding— straw, wood shavings, sawdust, etc.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Ammoniation and WDG

by DTN
A recent Kansas State University feeding trial showed that lower application rates in ammoniation can be effective when feeding low quality forage with wet distillers grains (WDG), according to Justin Waggoner, Beef Systems Specialist for Kansas State University Research and Extension.

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Friday, September 5,2014

The Farmerās Daughter: an agriculture info series

by WLJ
office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. The series is designed to provide information and training on a variety of farm management topics that will cater directly to farm women. Women with any level of experience in farm management or with any degree of farm involvement are invited to attend.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Cow/calf producers could add revenue through cost-effective calf management

by WLJ
A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Spotted frog listed as threatened in WA, OR, CA

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The frog was once native to much of the Pacific Northwest, but is now found in restricted areas in northern California, Oregon, and Washington in the U.S. as well as British Colombia in Canada. According to the USFWS’ final rule, it currently occupies 10-24 percent of its historical range.

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