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Friday, March 14,2014

AI programs require attention to detail

by WLJ
• Temperament. Temperament will vary among animals and is both a safety and production (growth, reproduction, carcass quality) issue. Recent work done at Oregon State has reported a correlation between temperament and pregnancy success.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Forage quality starts with the planning process, not the finished product

by WLJ
Last summer while making farm calls on some of the best farms and hay producers in my area, I decided to ask each farmer what was the most important thing or things that made them stand out.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Extension provides farm bill education

by WLJ
Information about the Agricultural Act of 2014 is being provided to producers and other ag-related professionals through a series of nationally broadcast webinars hosted by specialists from University of Wyoming (UW) Extension and six western states..

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Friday, March 14,2014

Record keeping crucial for livestock producers

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia has repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Building a genetic program through the use of reproductive technologies

by WLJ
to access information on the most cutting-edge management tools available throughout the industry for bolstering their breeding programs. This selective event is also available as a webinar. Cattlemen wishing to attend the conference either in person or via their home computers need to register at iGrow.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Slaughter cow market following seasonal pattern, only more so

by WLJ
Cull cow prices typically advance from November lows to a May peak that averages nearly 19 percent higher than November price levels. Slaughter cow prices in January averaged $89.06/ cwt. (OKC), close to the average seasonal increase of nearly 6 percent over November prices.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Who wouldn't want sustainable beef?

by WLJ
“If we’re not sustainable in what we do, we’re out of business,” said Nebraska cattleman Bill Rishel. “Many of us in the cattle business grew up thinking of sustainability as making enough money to keep ranching the next year. Of course that meant we had to care for our natural resources and manage them in a responsible way.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Red meat exports start 2014 on positive note

by WLJ
U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports all opened the New Year on a positive note, although market conditions suggest 2014 could be a challenging year for U.S. red meat exports, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Friday, March 14,2014

Texas AgrAbility helping military veterans, agricultural producers with disabilities

by WLJ
For years, Smith, now 54, had to work his land with a 1948 Ford tractor and rototiller or plow with implements either built for the antique tractor or designed to be pulled by a horse. But that was before he found out about the Texas AgrAbility Project administered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, part of the Texas A&M University System.

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Friday, March 14,2014

The truth about Whole Food's GAP verification

by WLJ
Say the words, “Animal Welfare Group” to any cattleman in America and watch them cringe as visions of organizations that appear to be in the business of killing off the ranching lifestyle stream through their heads.

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