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Friday, May 9,2014

Researchers look at temperamental cattle

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Cattle classified as temperamental appear to be less susceptible to lung damage and related respiratory diseases and have decreased yield grades, but at the same time may produce lighter weight carcasses with decreased quality grade, according to...

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Friday, May 9,2014

U.S. beef, pork exports increase pace in March

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The pace of U.S. beef and pork exports increased sharply in March, driven by double-digit increases to leading markets Mexico, the China/Hong Kong region and South Korea, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF).

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Friday, May 2,2014

2014 Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery inductee

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Mrs. Bradley and her husband Bill purchased 3,300 acres in the Texas Panhandle in 1955 and began the Bradley 3 Ranch. These days, the expanded 10,000-acre Bradley 3 Ranch continues under the management of her daughter Mary Lou and son-in-law James Henderson.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Japan: The two nations will cooperate to aceelerate the discussions

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Information is still hard to come by on agricultural trade details with Japan. U.S. official sources have been strangely mum on the whole affair, releasing only scant “information” with relatively little actual information involved. As with last week, the majority of the information on the talks’ outcomes came from Japanese rather than U.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Science flashes warning signs on USDA's Brazil proposal

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The science shows that it is theoretically possible to achieve a negligible risk of fresh meat bringing FMD into the country—if a long list of practices, surveillances and procedures are optimally achieved at both cattle production and cattle slaughter levels.

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Friday, May 2,2014

The golden age of beef genetics: We are just getting started!

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EPDs changed our world 30 years ago. Brainpower, computer power and clear vision converged. Scientists in the land grant university system figured out the math, computers advanced far enough to do the equations on tens of thousands of animals simultaneously, and breed association leaders had the wisdom and courage to embrace the new methodology.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Livestock industry to Forest Service: Words really do matter

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Are vague, broad definitions in federal regulations damaging to private citizens? That, of course, depends on your definition of “damaging.” But ranchers who operate on national forests part of the year know that a vague definition can take a hefty toll on one’s grazing rights.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Male chromosome hinders female cattle reproduction

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Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (US- MARC) in Clay Center, NE, scientists are developing genetic markers for economically important traits, such as reproductive ability, which can be used by producers to select efficient animals. They have also found extraordinary answers as to why some cows are not reproducing.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Livestock owners need to be alert for 'hardware disease'

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“Tornadoes and other storm events with strong winds and flooding can spread debris over a large area,” said Troxel. “This sets the stage for grazing animals to be affected by ‘hardware disease.’” Cattle, sheep, goat and horse owners should take extra time and caution to inspect hay meadows and pastures for debris, especially metal objects.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Cover crops improve long-term soil health

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University of Missouri (MU) Extension and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have used cover crops in a cornsoybean-wheat rotation at a farm near Centralia, MO, since 1991.

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