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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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Friday, June 13,2014

Letter to the Editor

Just an American

by WLJ
I was in the Hilltop canyon again yesterday where the grass tour started and again early today as I live at the mouth of the canyon and drive right up the canyon everyday to work. This is my back door and the grass is very tall with cheat grass near 26” high, and native grasses 18” high in many places.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Beef, pork exports continue growth trend

by WLJ
U.S. beef and pork exports continued their positive growth trend in April, increasing by double digits in volume and by an even healthier margin in value, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF).

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Friday, June 13,2014

Start your vaccination program with heifers

by WLJ
Vaccines are used to challenge the immune system of livestock so that they can combat disease pathogens that may be faced in the future. Some of those pathogens can increase abortions, infect calves or reduce dam ability to nurture the calf.

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