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Friday, September 11,2009

Beginning producer advisory committee seeks nominees

by WLJ
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess announced last week that nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers are being accepted through Oct. 5, 2009.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Ag economist sees more rough times for beef industry

by WLJ
The pain of recent record losses in the U.S. cattle feeding industry will not diminish soon, but tightening supplies could lead to a modest rebound in late 2010, according to agricultural economist James Mintert.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Early weaning provides boost for young, thin cows

by WLJ
The common tradition for weaning spring-born calves is to wait until late October and even early November. Most mature cows that have been feeding on adequate summer forages will be in very good body condition, despite the pressure of nursing a rapidly growing calf.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Weaning your calves with a plan

by WLJ
Children starting school are a lot like calves getting weaned. Each individual is different. For some, the experience is more stressful than for others, but careful preparation by their caretakers can help make the whole experience much more productive.

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Friday, September 11,2009

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
Now, producers can merge the inside information from Igenity with calf health, source and age verification records all in one place, says Dr. Stewart Bauck, executive director of research and development, Igenity. This partnership is a continuation of user-friendly solutions Igenity and GAM have brought to the beef industry.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Estimated $300,000 available in 2010 Extreme Mustang Makeovers

by WLJ
The Extreme Mustang Makeover, the nations most unique equine competition, will offer an estimated $300,000 in prize money as it enters its third year of competition after two years of what industry observers are calling nothing short of amazing events across the U.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Market-ready fed cattle supplies start to tighten

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was working toward resolving the last of the supply issues last week as feedlots reportedly moved good numbers of heavy cattle, particularly in parts of the Corn Belt where they had been stacking up in some feedlots. Trade last Wednesday on dressed cattle was in the $130-131 range for the region.

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Friday, September 4,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to look into Canadas complaint that South Koreas sixyear ban on Canadian beef is in violation of world trade rules, Canadian officials said last week. WTO will set up a dispute settlement panel, at Canadas request, to decide whether South Koreas ban violates its obligations under the WTO.

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Friday, September 4,2009

GLCI conference in Reno, Dec. 13-16

by WLJ
The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) and the Society for Range Management are set to cohost the Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands in Reno, NV, Dec. 13-16, 2009.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Consumer Beef Index shows upswing in beef attitudes

by WLJ
A July 2009 study called the Consumer Beef Index was conducted on behalf of the beef checkoff as a tool used to provide a measure of change in consumer demand for beef.

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