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Friday, May 16,2014

Regional changes in cow/calf production tied to drought, forage production

by WLJ
The U.S. beef cow herd decreased by 11 percent from 2007 to 2014, dropping from 32.6 to 29.0 million head. Drought has been responsible for large beef cow inventory decreases in Texas (down 25 percent); Oklahoma (down 12 percent) and New Mexico (down 16 percent).

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Friday, May 16,2014

Vet's Perspective

Pinkeye in cattle

by WLJ
Pinkeye is a constant challenge to producers during the spring and summer months, especially in younger cattle. This bacterial infection causes ulceration of the cornea and inflammation within the eye and conjunctiva (the skin surrounding the rim of the eye).

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Friday, May 16,2014

Warning signs on Brazil proposal

by WLJ
USDA estimates the costs of a U.S. outbreak of Footand-Mouth Disease (FMD) at $34 billion in consumer impact and $28 billion for a government vaccination program.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Export opportunities abound for small companies

by WLJ
The program provides financial assistance to small (less than 500 employees) for-profit companies or U.S. agricultural cooperatives that own a commodity brand, with the provision that products promoted under the program must contain at least 50 percent U.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Take steps to keep horses healthy

by WLJ
It’s springtime and for many horse enthusiasts, that means heading out to horse shows and rodeos. But two recent cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), after a barrel racing event in Nebraska, should serve as a reminder that good...

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Friday, May 16,2014

Seeking more cost-effective diets for pregnant beef cows

by WLJ
Dry conditions in Kansas and other areas of the Midwest have caused many cow/ calf producers to look at more cost-effective ways to adequately feed their herd.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Cattle prices 'moderating' after hitting record highs in early 2014

by WLJ
In the first quarter of 2014, Nebraska steers sold at an average price of $147 per live hundredweight; more than $20 higher than the previous first-quarter record price. Nationally, finished cattle prices were up 17 percent during the first quarter. With production only down 4 percent, the hike has been somewhat unexplained.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Did You Know

Industry structure gets beef onto consumer plates

by WLJ
So far consumers have continued to buy beef, although we are seeing shifts in what they buy (more ground beef), and portion sizes at both retail and restaurants are shrinking. We’re even selling beef at retail by the serving rather than by the pound, a good marketing strategy for our times.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Cargill correction

by WLJ
“Securing a conditional use permit is a requirement in the Fresno area and one of the first steps necessary prior to Cargill considering funding such investments, but it does not necessarily guarantee the projects will be approved by Cargill and carried through to fruition,” he explained.

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Friday, May 9,2014

UAVs: The key for precision agriculture?

by WLJ
Unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) may be the next tool to improve precision agriculture. By September 2015, it is expected that the Federal Aviation Administration will have regulated the commercial use of UAVs. Despite their use by law enforcement, privacy concerns may limit UAV use in urban areas.

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