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Friday, October 31,2014

Vet's Perspective

Assessing lameness in the herd

by WLJ
By quickly and accurately identifying lameness issues within the herd, one can diagnose and treat those animals most efficiently in order to avoid significant loss of profit in the long run. Lameness issues in feedlot cattle have reportedly accounted for approximately 16 percent of herd health problems.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Drying corn this harvest

by WLJ
The time of year corn or other grain reaches maturity and the weather conditions can have a major impact on how quickly the grain will dry to a moisture content acceptable for storage or sale, explained Bob Fanning, South Dakota State University Extension Plant Pathology Field Specialist.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Grain storage issues this fall create safety risk

by WLJ
Bin entrapments are sad reminders that grain storage can be deadly, Funkenbusch says. It takes only five seconds for a person to be caught in flowing grain, and less than 20 seconds to be sucked into the center of the grain, buried and suffocated, she said.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Prevent insects in stored grain

by WLJ
First, remove grain residues from bins, nearby bunks or feed storage areas, Bailey says. Sanitize empty bins, combines, trucks and augers, paying special attention to fans, with pre-harvest insecticide applications. For best results, apply to empty bin surfaces and surrounding areas six to eight weeks before harvest.

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Friday, October 31,2014

The dressing percent has a big impact on cull cow marketing

by WLJ
Cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “Breakers.” Moderately fleshed cows are “Boners.” Thin cows are called “Leans” or “Lights,” depending upon the weight of the cow. There will be price differences among these four grades.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Corn prices are expected to edge up, could pressure fed cattle bids in 2015

by WLJ
With lower prices, those incentives just aren’t there, for either acres or intensive inputs to push production,” Welch said. “On the demand side, we are still seeing strong export demand and good feed and fuel use. High meat prices offer rewards to increase livestock numbers and feed to heavier weights; that will require more grain used for feed.

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Friday, October 31,2014

South Texas cattle program could reflect a growing national herd

by WLJ
“When we started this program 16 years ago, we had 80-90 bulls in the program,” Zamora said. “But lately, we’ve only been getting 40-50 bulls. The drought really decreased our numbers. But with good rains and greener pastures, we could see an increase this year.

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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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