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Friday, November 21,2014

What beef demand numbers mean

by WLJ
In 16 of the last 17 quarters, we’ve had year-over-year increases in beef demand, the only exception being the first quarter of 2014. I think a large part of why that’s going on is success in marketing the right products to the right people and, quite frankly, to the segment of the public that continues to purchase beef.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Vet's Perspective

Therapy for bovine respiratory disease

by WLJ
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise. Outbreaks of pneumonia can occur sporadically and without warning, causing a high incidence of disease within.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Using plant recruitment, mortality to support rangeland management

by WLJ
The authors begin by discussing the concept of regeneration niche (mortality/ recruitment) and the difficulty of determining a plant’s life span. Some grasses may have an average life span of only 10 years whereas some woody species have been known to live for 1,350 years.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Updated feedlot monitor software to be introduced

by WLJ
Cattle producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a workshop featuring the newly updated version of the Feedlot Monitoring Program software. The workshop will be Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1-3 p.m. at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach office in Sac County.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, still under $50

by WLJ
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Farmers and scientists divided over climate change

by WLJ
Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science Linda Prokopy and fellow researchers surveyed 6,795 people in the agricultural sector in 2011-2012 to determine their beliefs about climate change and whether variation in the climate is triggered by human activities, natural causes or an equal combination of both.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Veterans returning to Missouri farms

by WLJ
Cody Waters of Fulton, MO, is armed to farm. He is one of 300,000 veterans expected to return to Missouri in the next decade, according to University of Missouri Extension State Health and Safety Specialist Karen Funkenbusch. She works with the growing number of veterans who want to return because of the quality of life in rural Missouri.

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Tuesday, November 18,2014

DAILY FED CATTLE; Nov. 18

by WLJ
So far for Tuesday negotiated cash trading has been inactive on very light demand. Not enough sales for a market trend. The last reported markets were last week with live sales selling from 168.00-170.00 in the Texas Panhandle on a light test.

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Friday, November 14,2014

WEEKLY FEEDER CATTLE SUMMARY; Nov. 14

by WLJ
Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves sold steady to 5.00 higher with many instances 10.00 higher on steer calves throughout the Southern Plains.

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Friday, November 14,2014

GRSB releases global principles and criteria for defining sustainable beef

by WLJ
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) announced last week that its membership has overwhelmingly approved global principles and criteria for defining sustainable beef and sustainable beef production practices.

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