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Friday, October 31,2014

Letter to the editor

You aren't paranoid if they really are out to get you

by WLJ
When the Taylor Grazing Act was passed into law in 1934, its purpose was “to bring conservation to the public lands and stabilize the livestock industry dependent upon it.” It’s a given that conservation doesn’t mean what it did in 1934. Stabilization has evolved into destabilization as BLM’s management, of ten,.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Protect livestock from sweet clover disease

by WLJ
“Unfortunately, proper harvesting can be difficult,” says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension (NDSU) Service Livestock Stewardship Specialist and veterinarian. “If cutting is delayed until full bloom, the large, high-moisture stems will take a longer time to dry than the leaves.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Fall grass tillers are not free forage

by WLJ
These fall tillers will be part of the plant community for the next two growing seasons because all grass tillers have a two-year life span. During the first season, the tillers remain vegetative and just produce leaves. During the second season, the tillers produce a.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Vet's Perspective

Assessing lameness in the herd

by WLJ
By quickly and accurately identifying lameness issues within the herd, one can diagnose and treat those animals most efficiently in order to avoid significant loss of profit in the long run. Lameness issues in feedlot cattle have reportedly accounted for approximately 16 percent of herd health problems.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Drying corn this harvest

by WLJ
The time of year corn or other grain reaches maturity and the weather conditions can have a major impact on how quickly the grain will dry to a moisture content acceptable for storage or sale, explained Bob Fanning, South Dakota State University Extension Plant Pathology Field Specialist.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Grain storage issues this fall create safety risk

by WLJ
Bin entrapments are sad reminders that grain storage can be deadly, Funkenbusch says. It takes only five seconds for a person to be caught in flowing grain, and less than 20 seconds to be sucked into the center of the grain, buried and suffocated, she said.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Prevent insects in stored grain

by WLJ
First, remove grain residues from bins, nearby bunks or feed storage areas, Bailey says. Sanitize empty bins, combines, trucks and augers, paying special attention to fans, with pre-harvest insecticide applications. For best results, apply to empty bin surfaces and surrounding areas six to eight weeks before harvest.

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Friday, October 31,2014

The dressing percent has a big impact on cull cow marketing

by WLJ
Cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “Breakers.” Moderately fleshed cows are “Boners.” Thin cows are called “Leans” or “Lights,” depending upon the weight of the cow. There will be price differences among these four grades.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Corn prices are expected to edge up, could pressure fed cattle bids in 2015

by WLJ
With lower prices, those incentives just aren’t there, for either acres or intensive inputs to push production,” Welch said. “On the demand side, we are still seeing strong export demand and good feed and fuel use. High meat prices offer rewards to increase livestock numbers and feed to heavier weights; that will require more grain used for feed.

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Friday, October 31,2014

South Texas cattle program could reflect a growing national herd

by WLJ
“When we started this program 16 years ago, we had 80-90 bulls in the program,” Zamora said. “But lately, we’ve only been getting 40-50 bulls. The drought really decreased our numbers. But with good rains and greener pastures, we could see an increase this year.

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