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Friday, November 13,2009

Fed cattle prices slip backward

by WLJ
The fed cattle trade came early again last week as feedlots took early bids from packing plants offering lower money in the northern Plains. Cash trade was $2-3 lower on 30,000 head sold in Nebraska and Iowa at $83-84 live and $131-132 dressed on Wednesday.

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Friday, November 13,2009

California lawmakers pass landmark water legislation

by WLJ
Though California is often viewed as an oasis by those outside the Golden State, farmers and ranchers who earn a living in the agricultural wonderland know that it is not always paradise as water for crops, livestock and an increasing population is a hard bill to fit.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Senate to expand food safety initiative

by WLJ
Last week, Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow jumped into the debate over food safety by introducing a sweeping set of reforms which would trace all the way back to the farmer or rancher who produced the food. Senate Bill 2758 (S.

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Friday, November 13,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, said she plans to propose legislation that would, among other things, create an Office of Humane Slaughter within USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Friday, November 13,2009

Observe bulls during the start of breeding season

by WLJ
The fall breeding season is about to begin. Herds that aim for a Sept. 1 first calving date will turn bulls out in the latter part of November.While conducting a research trial several years ago, I was collecting data on the ability of a bull to breed synchronized cows. The bull (being observed) was mature and had been successfully used in the past. Also, he had passed a breeding soundness exam.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Cassady takes reins at Beef Improvement Federation

by WLJ
Joe Cassady of Raleigh, NC, took the reins as executive director of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) during the organizations midyear board meeting in Saint Joseph, MO, Nov. 9.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Hereford Hall of Fame new inductees

by WLJ
Ken Bieber, Onida, SD, Jack Orr, Granby, CO, Frank Rodgers, Buhl, ID, and Tom Shaw, Caldwell, ID, were all inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2 in Kansas City, MO, during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Ride the Range Beef Cow Symposium XXI bus

by WLJ
A western states tradition began in 1969 at Chadron, NE. That is when and where the first Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) was held. Since then, the event has been held every other year.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Trace mineral supplements are not created equal

by WLJ
Today, most dairymen and stockmen realize that cattle have established requirements for several mineral elements. Animals require these minerals because each element participates in one or more of the chemical functions that keep the body operating and producing normally.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Make body condition scoring routine

by WLJ
Body condition scoring uses a numerical value to estimate energy on fat reserves. The values range from 1 to 9. Cows in the lower numbers have less energy stores and are considered skinny. Cows with BCS scores of 4, 5 or 6 are average, and the cows in 7, 8 and 9 range can be easily recognized as fat.

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