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Friday, June 13,2014

Backfat, quality grade and the ideal beef end point

by WLJ
Traditionally, cattle feeders have estimated external fat thickness over the12th rib as one measure of finish, and although some research and carcass contests still ship cattle to the packer as soon as 0.3 inches, the norm has reached nearly twice that.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Economics of bull breeding exams

by WLJ
Annually, about 20-25 percent of bulls do not pass breeding soundness exams. After the harsh temperatures and wind chills experienced this past winter, many anticipate that number to increase due to frostbitten testicles and poor body condition. Under normal circumstances conducting breeding soundness exams on bulls is costeffective.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Watch your step: recognizing common hoof diseases

by WLJ
Warmer weather and wet conditions can create the perfect environment for lameness-inducing bacterial infections in cattle. Gregg Hanzlicek, Veterinarian with Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares his tips for preventing, identifying and treating two hoof diseases.

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Friday, June 13,2014

World's largest cattledog trial

by WLJ
But this is not just any trial—this is the National Cattledog Association (NCA) National Finals. And these are not just any dogs—these are the best cattledogs in the country. To be able to compete in this trial, these dogs and their handlers must qualify by placing in NCA-sanctioned trials held throughout the year across the US and Canada.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Obituary

by WLJ
He was devoted to his family and is survived by his son, Graham Kennedy DuBose, Jr., his daughter-in-law Sara DuBose and grandson Ford Wesley; his stepdaughter Pam Omohundro, her husband Dr. Luke Omohundro and daughters Charis and Sadie; his stepson Brian Rogers and his wife Dominic and children Brooke and Brandon; and Mister’s sister, Sue Ziemke.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Research shows strong demand for beef

by WLJ
(32 percent) of the total protein market share in foodservice. • 97 percent of restaurant operators feature beef on the menu. • Volume was up in every major beef category across the board, including steaks, roasts, ribs, ground beef and pre-cooked roast beef.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Range, pastures recovering from drought in many areas

by WLJ
Compared to a year ago, ranges and pastures in many areas of the Midwest such as southern and eastern Nebraska are looking better this year, according to Jerry Volesky, Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s West Central Research & Extension Center near North Platte, NE.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Summer gasoline prices: Steady as they go

by WLJ
Declining demand for gasoline coupled with increased oil refining capacity in the U.S. should help to keep the price of gas this summer below $4 per gallon in the Midwest, barring any disruption of supply, Purdue University Energy Economist Wally Tyner says.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Vilsack announces additional resources for rural exporters

by WLJ
The White House Rural Council held the first “Made in Rural America” regional export forum with business owners and local leaders in Canonsburg, PA, June 4. The one-day meeting was hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivered the keynote address.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Have cattle prices and lost grazing acres altered cow culling priorities?

by WLJ
Management decisions relating to culling stock cows have increased dramatically in complexity under current market conditions. The Jan. 1 USDA inventory of “all cows and heifers calved” is the lowest total since 1941, indicating some potential for continued profitability in the cow/ calf sector for several years to come.

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