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Friday, August 29,2014

Beef traceback measures combat foodborne illness

by WLJ
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Low-stress weaning options

by WLJ
Weaning is a stressful time for calves. This stress can contribute to reduced feed consumption, which means poor nutrition. It also can depress the immune system, leading to greater risk for sickness and death, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, August 29,2014

The drought deepens in the West; LFP eligibility maps updated

by WLJ
California and much of the far West is still swathed in red. In the Golden State, reservoirs are showing their beds and bottled water is being distributed to parched suburban residents. Last week the USDA updated its map of Secretarial Drought Designated counties and.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Smith's letter to EPA's McCarthy

by WLJ
Waterway maps for Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. These smaller maps were originally a part of the main map used on the front cover but were removed for size concerns and legibility issues. The maps were prepared by INDUS Corporation under contract with the EPA Office of Water, October 2013.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Cow/calf returns record high; start planning now

by WLJ
Since the early 1970s, the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) has estimated cow/calf returns over cash costs plus pasture rent based on typical production and marketing practices in the Southern Plains, but does not include other economic costs like family labor and management.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Watch hay moisture to minimize storage losses

by WLJ
As Hernandez explained, hay storage losses are around 5 percent when it is harvested at 15 percent moisture and stored under dry conditions. “Stored forages provide essential nutrients for livestock when pastures are inadequate and are a consistent feed supply for dairies, sheep flocks, cow/ calf producers, and beef feedlots.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
An enemy sits in Washington, DC, and refuses for years to allocate funds for its employees to travel to ranchers, farms or cattlemen’s meetings, likely for the specific reason of maintaining no chance of their underlings for fraternizing with ‘their’ enemy.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Corn prices impact wheat, stocker cattle decisions

by WLJ
With all the rain in July, things are looking a little more optimistic for wheat and stocker cattle operators than in the past four years in the Rolling Plains of Texas and southern Oklahoma, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Hoop systems for beginning ranchers

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During a recent multiple production system bus tour, participants learned how controlled environments may provide an option for expanding beef production in South Dakota, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Feeder cattle prices and the economics of stocker production

by WLJ
The rollback in price between stocker purchase price and feeder sales price, along with overall price level, is the principal determinant of the gross margin, i.e., value of gain, for stocker production. For example, Oklahoma feeder prices last week indicated that the value of 250 pounds of gain for a 450-pound steer was $1.

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