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Friday, May 2,2014

Cover crops improve long-term soil health

by WLJ
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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Friday, May 2,2014

Watch the bulls closely

by WLJ
The first of May is typically a date planned for turning bulls into the breeding pasture with springcalving adult cows. A good manager keeps an eye on his bulls during the breeding season to make sure that they are getting the cows bred.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Letters to the Editor

Tax paying terrorists

by WLJ
Every rancher or farmer fears losing his property or water rights to the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act is a tool to control the land. Fish & Wildlife decides on the rules and then the BLM has to enforce them. Fish & Wildlife may think they are helping the land and the animals, but they are really hurting them.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Evaluating Beef Checkoff effectiveness

by WLJ
As a checkoffp a y i n g c a t t l eman and c h a i rman of our Beef Checkoff Program’s Joint Evaluation Committee, I want to know that our checkoff dollars are being used as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Estimating cows' daily feed intake

by WLJ
As the month of April finishes up, cow/calf producers across the states are either finishing up calving, or just getting started. But either way, a frequently asked question extension agents get from producers is how much feed do the cows need. Meeting the cows’ nutrient requirements is key for calf growth, and also breeding season.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Eli Lilly announces agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health

by WLJ
Eli Lilly and Company announced last week an agreement to acquire Novartis Animal Health for approximately $5.4 billion in an all-cash transaction that will strengthen and diversify Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Techniques to minimize stress at branding time

by WLJ
Both hot-iron and freeze branding techniques are capable of causing pain, as indicated by behavior responses (tail flicks, kicks, vocalization, etc.), heart rate increase, and cortisol responses in several studies; however, the pain is typically acute.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Meeting cowsâ nutritional needs after calving

by WLJ
“To maintain a 365-day calving interval, rebreeding has to occur by 82 days after calving,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist. “Cows need to recover from calving and start cycling again during that time period while providing enough milk for their growing calves.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Economic depreciation for farm equipment, machinery

by WLJ
In 2013, strong U.S. commodity prices, relatively low interest rates and enhanced tax deductions led to robust sales of new farm machinery and equipment.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Trade talks with Japan on ag tariffs not yet fruitful

by WLJ
President Barack Obama was in Japan last week on his third visit to the island nation. While discussing issues with China and territory conflicts over the Senkaku Islands, the topic of beef was on the table.

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