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Friday, July 25,2014

BLM fire program to focus on wildlife

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As an integral part of its collaborative efforts with the states and other federal agencies to conserve sage grouse habitat and that of more than 350 other wildlife species including mule deer and pronghorn antelope that share habitat, the Bureau of...

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Friday, July 25,2014

Managing feedlot cattle to eliminate stress during a heat wave

by WLJ
Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize the impact on their cattle.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Recycled water deemed suitable for irrigation

by WLJ
Last year was California’s driest on record, and the state is now in its third straight year of drought. Growers have fallowed fields they can’t irrigate, ranchers have sold cattle they can’t feed, and the state wants cities to cut water use by 20 percent.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Did You Know

Cattle sickness, mortality cost and the search for solutions

by WLJ
Holly Neibergs, Washington State University Animal Geneticist, quantified that. The cost per animal treated for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is $204.10, she said, due to losses in carcass quality, death and treatment costs. She further stated that BRD is estimated to affect 16.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Marketing alternatives with limited forage

by WLJ
Most all of Oklahoma received considerable rain from late May into early July. This resulted in much needed forage growth in all regions, including some of the worst drought areas. However, the heat of summer has arrived in July and forage growth has slowed abruptly.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Heed BQA guidelines in cow treatment

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Summer time often brings a few infectious ailments to beef cows. Common problems include eye infections and foot rot. Treatment of affected cows will often involve the use of antibiotics. On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Are your brood cows getting pregnant?

by WLJ
According to Wayne Ayers, DVM, of the University of Idaho, profits in the cow/calf business are “determined by the maximum number of cows becoming pregnant in the shortest period of time and raising that calf until weaning.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding

by WLJ
Things changed in the 1970s with statistical models that predicted EPDs (expected progeny differences). Then software was developed to combine many EPDs into a single economic index number. Indexes help herd owners search a sire catalog to match a bull’s traits needed to improve a farmer’s cow herd profits.

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Friday, July 18,2014

WLJ's Sizzling Summer Cookout Competition

by WLJ
Pierce meat or score lightly with a fork. Combine all ingredients except beef and mix well to create the marinade. Place meat flat in a 9 x 12 glass baking dish then pour marinade over meat and turn once to coat both sides. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours, turning once after approximately 12 hours.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Defending ranching through appropriations

by WLJ
“When you look at the sheer breadth of the issues covered in the [U.S. House of Representatives’] draft Interior appropriations bill, you see just how the administration is trying to get its tentacles around every aspect of the natural resources we depend on as ranchers,” said Lee in an interview with WLJ.

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