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Friday, February 6,2015

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Data analysis provides value for receiving stockers

by WLJ
During the course of conducting grazing research at the Noble Foundation, we routinely receive and “straighten out” stocker cattle. Many of these cattle are sourced from sale barns and would be considered to be at high risk for contracting bovine respiratory disease (BRD, also known as shipping fever).

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Friday, February 6,2015

Dystocia not tied to feed

by WLJ
A topic often discussed in cattle production is whether the level of nutrition given to a pregnant female late in gestation affects birth weight and dystocia. Many producers worry providing good nutrition to a pregnant female—especially heifers— increases birth weight of the calf and, subsequently, dystocia.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Rabobank explores cow confinement and semi-confinement

by WLJ
Cattle producers across the U.S. are heeding economic indications to rebuild and expand their herds, but a 32 million-acre decline in pasture availability over the last 10 years is hindering expansion and causing producers to weigh options that...

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Friday, February 6,2015

One-third of U.S. farm operators are at least 65

by WLJ
Retirement farms had the highest percentage of older operators (67 percent)—as might be expected— followed by low-sales farms (41 percent). The advanced age of farm operators is understandable, given that the farm is the home for most farmers, and farmers can gradually phase out of farming over a decade or more.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Winners of the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum student diversity program

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” to be held Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Demand for sorghum at an all-time high

by WLJ
Five years ago, the export sector accounted for 30 percent of the U.S. grain sorghum market. At that time, Mexico was the largest importer, committing to approximately 973,042 bushels of grain sorghum weekly. However, in 2013 sorghum exports skyrocketed when Gun Jen Juee Agriculture Trading Company became the first company to import U.

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Friday, February 6,2015

New aphid hurts small grains

by WLJ
is one of the most important and destructive diseases of small grain crops,” she said. “This particular aphid can feed on more than 30 different species of grasses and cereal crops, including corn and sorghum, although wheat and barley are reported to be its preferred hosts.

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Friday, February 6,2015

NMSU researchers use crowdfunding for Mexican wolf tracking experiments

by WLJ
Researchers at New Mexico State University (NMSU) are seeking donations to fund a project that could help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) estimate the population of Mexican wolves in the country in a way that is faster, cheaper and more accurate than the current method of tracking.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Spirit of Colorado Agriculture showcased in winning photos

by WLJ
The winners were selected based on relation to Colorado agriculture, creativity and technical quality. The grand prize winner is Travis Harvey of Castle Rock, CO, with his entry entitled “Day Break.” The winning photograph shows the morning sun beaming through the clouds onto a combine in a newly harvested field.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Record cattle prices, more feed drive herd expansion

by WLJ
“These were led by recordhigh cattle prices in 2014, with finished cattle averaging near $155 per live hundredweight and Oklahoma 500-550-pound steer calves averaging $250,” Hurt said Tuesday (Feb. 3).

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