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Friday, January 23,2015

Genetically engineered animals could help ease world hunger

by WLJ
Genetically engineered food animals could provide a sustainable means to feed a fast-growing world population, yet regulatory hurdles keep such animals off the market, according to an award-winning scientist who recently spoke at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL).

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Friday, January 16,2015

Managing taxes, estates through the downturn

by WLJ
Kevin Bearley, Principal of Kennedy and Coe LLC, offered guidance to farmers and ranchers looking to retain their legacy at a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. With 70 percent of U.S.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Beef specialist: Producers must address cold stress in the herd

by WLJ
Ron Lemenager said cattle can maintain an optimal body condition score of 5 to 5.5—an industry rating of body weight—that would allow the animal to more readily adapt to low winter temperatures as long as they have a dry winter hair coat and access to a windbreak.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Three stages of parturition

by WLJ
As the spring calving season approaches, an increased understanding of the parturition process is helpful. The more we understand about the physiology of the process, the more likely we are to make sound decisions about providing assistance. Parturition or “calving” is generally considered to occur in three stages.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Use caution when turning cattle out on corn stover

by WLJ
The practice of turning cattle out on corn stover is common and a great way to utilize crop residue and extend the grazing season. Recently, veterinarians at Michigan State University became involved with a case that reminds of us potential dangers when turning cattle out on corn stover.

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Friday, January 16,2015

The sky's the limit for UAV use in ag

by WLJ
Farmers can download, evaluate and react to data quickly. Dense rows of crops do not obstruct views. Unlike the aging farm population, UAVs are not hampered by medical issues, muddy fields or fence rows. They overcome these barriers to zoom in and immediately send photos electronically to off-farm advisers.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Byproduct exports are important to cattle prices

by WLJ
beef exports to the U.S. cattle markets has been well- documented. Beef exports on a value basis set a record high in 2014, and so did beef byproducts. Beef byproducts are less glamorous, so their importance sometimes gets overlooked by cattle producers.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Bull buying decisions in good times

by WLJ
“We’re witnessing a cattle market for calves, feeder and live cattle unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “That’s the good news—at the same time the amount of capital at risk and the dollars at stake with every decision have never been higher.

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Friday, January 16,2015

The evolving role of Canadian, Mexican cattle and beef trade

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The most recent monthly trade data provides an update to recent cattle and beef trade flows in North America. They emphasize the longer term evolution and change in the roles of Canada and Mexico in North American and global markets. Cattle and beef trade flows between the U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Deadlines for farm bill

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“These are five-year decisions,” said Dr. Joe Outlaw, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Extension Economist. “Farmers have to decide what is best for their operation, knowing that their choices will extend through the life of the farm bill.

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