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Friday, October 31,2014

Mule deer migration benefits from sage grouse conservation efforts

by WLJ
Conservationists long have speculated that protective measures for sage grouse also benefit the more than 350 other species that inhabit sagebrush ecosystems, but this study is the first to quantify the “umbrella” benefits of those actions for migratory mule deer.

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Friday, October 31,2014

China's growing demand for meat

by WLJ
China’s rapid economic growth and changing population demographics have affected the world’s most populous country. Driven by income growth, urbanization and a transition to a market economy, the Chinese diet has shifted from its usual staples to meat.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Interest strong, competition intense at Paris food show

by WLJ
About 150,000 participants from more than 100 countries are in attendance at the five-day event. A majority of those attending are from the European Union, but SIAL also attracts a large number of buyers and other food industry professionals from Russia, the Middle East and many Asian countries including Japan and China.

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Monday, October 27,2014

Obama 'not finished' naming monuments

by WLJ
President Obama’s recent designation of a 350,000-acre national monument in southern California has many westerners wondering, “What’s next?” Since taking office, Obama has created or expanded 13 national monuments, primarily located in the West and totaling over 3 million acres. “And I’m not finished,” Obama said at the announcement of the San Gabriel Mountains monument designation in California this month.

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Monday, October 27,2014

DAILY FED CATTLE; Oct. 27

by WLJ
Thus far for Monday negotiated cash trading has been at a standstill. Last week live sales sold at 170.00 in all of the 5 Area Feeding regions. Last week dressed sales sold at 265.00 in Nebraska and from 264.00-265.00 in the Western Cornbelt.

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Friday, October 24,2014

WEEKLY FEEDER CATTLE SUMMARY; Oct. 24

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Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold very uneven as prices on yearlings traded unevenly steady; early in the week mostly steady to 5.00 lower then firming up mid-week trading steady 5.00 higher.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Considerations for fall cattle markets

by WLJ
The price of 475-pound, Medium and Large Number 1 steers in Oklahoma has averaged $281.81/cwt. the past six weeks. This includes the latest weekly average price of $294.80/cwt. at the seven federally reported auctions in the state. This price compares to an average of $183.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Minimizing storage, nutrition loss in hay

by WLJ
She explained that hay stored inside allows for a reduction in contact with soil and moisture thus reducing spoilage. Some disadvantages of indoor storage are unwelcome animals, limited storage space, and bales must be stored carefully to prevent falling or exerting too much pressure on the sides of the barn.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Replace winter hay with corn-based feedstuffs

by WLJ
“Corn and corn-derived feeds such as distiller’s grains and silage are much lower in price compared to recent history. Hay and roughage costs are lower as well, but on a percentage basis the price decline has not been as dramatic as compared to corn prices,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Help farmers cope with stress

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“Farmers deal with everyday tasks of money management, decisionmaking and equipment maintenance,” Van Ginkel said. “Worry over large debt loads, government regulations, pest outbreaks, animal disease, negative publicity, rapid change within the industry and lack of control over the weather add stress and safety risks.

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