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Friday, February 21,2014

Stored grain poses danger; tips to stay safe on the farm

by WLJ
“A lot of wetter-than-normal corn went into storage last fall, and wet corn is more prone to crusting or creating a wall of grain near the grain bin wall,” he says. “This increases the potential for bin unloading problems and getting trapped by the grain.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Livestock producers can lower propane use

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“Lowering the temperature set point for heating might be a good first plan of attack because it is quick and effective if it can be reduced without creating unhealthy conditions for the animals or birds,” he said. “Livestock and poultry producers need to judge animal comfort as they lower the temperature.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Producers show confidence in today’s tools, Angus genetics

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“In the earlier days of CAB we often heard, ‘Where’s the premium?’ I haven’t heard that in quite a while,” Eggers observes. “The value of superior carcass merit is well documented now, and many top commercial cattlemen have reaped the benefits.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Additional assistance offered for producers impacted by drought

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA will provide additional assistance to help farmers, ranchers and residents affected by severe drought in California. US- DA is making the implementation of the 2014 farm bill livestock disaster assistance programs a top priority and plans to have the programs available for sign up by April 15, 2014.

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Friday, February 21,2014

New monitoring systems needed for rangelands

by WLJ
The Western U.S. is home to large areas of rangeland resources. These vast areas are primarily used as grazing lands and cover approximately 53 percent of the Western U.S. and 36 percent of the entire country.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Sheep convention touts record attendance in South Carolina

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American wool epitomized the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association annual convention held in Charleston, SC, on Jan. 22-25.

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Friday, February 21,2014

ASI recognizes four award recipients at 2014 convention

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Three long-time members of the agriculture community and one media organization were honored for their contributions to the sheep industry during the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention, held Jan. 22-25.

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Friday, February 21,2014

NSIP Genetic tool for sheep, goat producers

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The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) is a quantitative genetic selection tool designed to help sheep and goat producers make good breeding decisions, according to North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Sheep Specialist Reid Redden.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Moseley to keynote NAMA conference

by WLJ
North American Meat Association (NAMA) is pleased to announce that Mark Moseley will give the keynote address at NA- MA’s Meat Industry Management Conference and Annual Meeting in Rancho Mirage, CA. Moseley is the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player of 1982 and the current Director of Franchise Development for Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Protect sheep against ovine progressive pneumonia

by WLJ
Once infected, animals remain infected for life, although many never will show clinical signs of the disease. Flocks infected with OPP can have lowered production efficiency because of early culling, decreased milk production and lower weaning weights, Redden says.

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