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Friday, December 12,2014

Understanding dietary needs, conflicts of range livestock, wildlife

by WLJ
The bulletin—“Dietary composition and conflicts of livestock and wildlife on rangeland”—was written by Derek Scasta, Assistant Professor and Extension Rangeland Specialist. It focused on where the dietary needs of different grazers of the West overlap and potentially cause conflict.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Variety meat demand boosts October beef, pork exports

by WLJ
October beef exports were up 2 percent from a year ago to 109,858 metric tons (mt), while export value was a record-high $687.1 million— up 22 percent from a year ago. Muscle cut volume was down 2 percent to 76,472 mt, but still increased 19 percent in value to $596.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Charity gives a boost that lasts a lifetime

by WLJ
Since its beginning, Heifer International has helped more than 22.6 million hungry families in the United States and 125 other countries move toward self-reliance through the gift of food- and incomeproducing animals, according to Allison Stephens, with Heifer International.

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Friday, December 12,2014

NWSS, Chevy to host ´BBQ Throwdown´

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) announced last week that Chevrolet will be a returning sponsor for the 109th Stock Show. National Western and Chevrolet have teamed up to present the first ever barbecue competition to take place at the 2015 Stock Show.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Farming, ranching is more than a livelihood: It's a way of life

by WLJ
If farming and ranching were simple endeavors, everyone would be involved in production agriculture because those who have the fortitude are drawn to the way of life as much, if not more, than the livelihood.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Vet's Perspective

Winter conditioning for problem calves

by WLJ
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with orphaned calves in cold fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Did You Know

Heifer retention shapes current feedlot, carcass performance

by WLJ
Sex No. In Weight Final Avg. Days Avg. Daily Feed/ Avg. Cost Weight on Feed Gain Gain (Dry Basis) % Death Loss of Gain Weight Steers 71,168 791 1,402 163 3.73 5.72 1.18 92.46 Heifers 96,537 722 1,245 159 3.26 6.15 1.27 98.61 Source: Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Focus on Feedlots newsletter (July, August and September 2014 data).

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Friday, December 5,2014

Preparing beef cows for winter conditions

by WLJ
The winter of 2013-14 is fresh in the mind of most cow/calf producers. Many producers experienced severe conditions that started in October in the Dakotas and lasted until May in many states. Cold stress, mud and marginal feed quality and supplies lead to significant losses in many areas and nobody wants a repeat of last winter.

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Friday, December 5,2014

NWSS announces the 2015 Grand Marshal

by WLJ
A true Colorado native, Billups has grown up in the city that embarks on the 109th year of the National Western Stock Show.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Ranchers participate in Food for Tomorrow Conference

by WLJ
It’s estimated that today’s consumer is four generations removed from the family farm. As a result, there’s a lot of misinformation about food and the farmers who produce it. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), partially funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, took part in the first annual New York Times.

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