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Friday, June 27,2014

'It is time to act' on expanding livestock industry in state

by WLJ
Nebraska’s uniquely intertwined agricultural economy, although still the engine of the state’s economy, may not be operating to its full potential, says a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) report that outlines the potential impact of several livestock industry expansion scenarios.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Workshop discusses delving deeper into the animal genome

by WLJ
The idea that around 80 percent of human DNA is “junk” DNA with no real purpose never sat well with scientists. So in 2003, researchers funded by the U.S.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Letter to the editor

It’s happening other places, too

by WLJ
April 24, 2014, Tahoe National Forest Tom Quinn, Supervising Officer, met with me and Quinten Youngblood, Sierraville District Ranger, and Leigh Seng and their NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) person at Nevada City, the headquarters for TNF.

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Friday, June 20,2014

RI-AF forage insurance sign-up deadlines coming

by WLJ
In spite of recent rains, livestock producers may be considering adding a layer of protection against drought loss on annual forage crops, and the deadline to sign up for that insurance is approaching, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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Friday, June 20,2014

As heat, humidity set in, livestock heat stress is danger

by WLJ
Heat stress is hard on cattle and other livestock, especially when combined with high humidity and low wind speeds. Heat stress can reduce feed intake, weight gain, reproductive efficiency and milk production, while increasing susceptibility to diseases.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Everyday beef advocates

by WLJ
Chores. Even the word sounds unpleasant. But when it comes to advocating about beef, I don’t feel that it’s a chore, but rather something that should be on our “to do” list every day. Find something that inspires you to take action, and share your farming and ranching story.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Protect hay from wet conditions

by WLJ
Added feeding losses can compound the problem and result in an additional 25 percent of the feed being wasted. Research has shown that differences between covered and uncovered large round bales can be almost 30 percentage points with.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Animal trapping records reveal strong wolf effect across North America

by WLJ
This effect requires that enough wolves be present to suppress coyotes over a wide area. Fur trapping records from Saskatchewan and Manitoba reveal that where wolves are absent in the southern agricultural regions of each province, coyotes outnumber foxes on average by 3-to-1.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Blue-green algae poisoning livestock

by WLJ
Cases usually occur in late summer or early fall, when stagnant ponds and the right nutrient conditions allow for overgrowth of algae, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Precision feeding the beef herd

by WLJ
Precision agriculture can be many different things. Using precision agriculture management practices frequently results in minimizing inputs and saving dollars. While there are few new technologies available to allow beef producers to more precisely feed the cow herd, established methodologies have existed to do just that.

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