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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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Friday, May 9,2014

Saving the lesser prairie chicken: what landowners should know

by WLJ
Cumulative habitat loss, encroachment by invasive woody plants, wind energy development, petroleum production and the ongoing drought are just a handful of reasons why there are fewer lesser prairie chickens in the wild today, according to the U.S.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Plan your pastures and extend the grazing season

by WLJ
Give or take, spring is “green-up” time for grazing operations. The day the gate opens from the winter drylot is the most enjoyable day for many grazers. This begins the season when the livestock work for the producer instead of the other way around..

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Friday, May 9,2014

Science flashes warning signs on USDA Brazil proposal

by WLJ
Key facts about the Footand-Mouth Disease virus (FMDV) shape recommendations from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report.* The incubation period between infection and the onset of clinical signs ranges from 2-14 days, depending on dose, but most commonly is 3-5 days.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Reallocating agricultural resources: Ag Census 2012 summary

by WLJ
The 2012 Census of Agriculture was released May 2 by USDA. The five-year Census of Agriculture is not nearly as useful or important for the on-going operation and decision-making in agricultural industries as is the variety of daily, weekly, monthly and annual data provided by USDA agencies.

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