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Friday, May 2,2014

Science flashes warning signs on USDA's Brazil proposal

by WLJ
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!

by WLJ
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

by WLJ
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

by WLJ
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'

by WLJ
“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

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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