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Friday, June 13,2014

Letter to the Editor

Just an American

by WLJ
I was in the Hilltop canyon again yesterday where the grass tour started and again early today as I live at the mouth of the canyon and drive right up the canyon everyday to work. This is my back door and the grass is very tall with cheat grass near 26” high, and native grasses 18” high in many places.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Beef, pork exports continue growth trend

by WLJ
U.S. beef and pork exports continued their positive growth trend in April, increasing by double digits in volume and by an even healthier margin in value, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF).

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Friday, June 13,2014

Start your vaccination program with heifers

by WLJ
Vaccines are used to challenge the immune system of livestock so that they can combat disease pathogens that may be faced in the future. Some of those pathogens can increase abortions, infect calves or reduce dam ability to nurture the calf.

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Friday, June 13,2014

2014 calf marketing considerations

by WLJ
In drought areas, many producers continue to incur additional feed costs that will reduce net returns, even at record calf prices, and, more importantly, many producers have reduced herd size resulting in fewer calves to sell and leading to reduced ranch returns, even with record per-head profitability.

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Friday, June 13,2014

National conference on ag waste, environmental quality seeks input

by WLJ
The deadline for abstracts and other inputs is Sept. 15, 2014, though the “From Waste to Worth” conference itself is not scheduled until March 30-April 1, 2015, said Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Engineer and Associate Head of the Texas A&M University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, College Station.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Emergency response to manure spills—are you prepared?

by WLJ
There are no simple solutions to a manure spill, but thinking through your specific situation, and monitoring daily can help prevent, or at least minimize, the environmental risks and potential regulatory issues.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Emergency hay crop is a good alternative to prevented-planting

by WLJ
Acreage too wet to plant on time for most insured crops is again prevalent in North Dakota and Minnesota. An alternative some producers may want to consider is to not request a prevented-planting payment and instead seed a warm-season grass for hay later in June when the land dries enough to plant.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Beef market wants more Prime

by WLJ
Instead, a paradigm shift swept through the U.S. feeding industry: those last days on feed are not so inefficient because cattle are growing carcass weight to sell on value-based grids. Supporting factors included the growing use of beta-agonists and the shrinking supply of feeder cattle that made replacements more costly.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Sheep genome project completed

by WLJ
“The release of the sheep genome assembly is the culmination of a very large international effort,” acknowledges Noelle Cockett, Ph.D., Provost of Utah State University (USU) and Professor in the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at USU.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Backfat, quality grade and the ideal beef end point

by WLJ
Traditionally, cattle feeders have estimated external fat thickness over the12th rib as one measure of finish, and although some research and carcass contests still ship cattle to the packer as soon as 0.3 inches, the norm has reached nearly twice that.

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