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Tuesday, July 7,2009

Shedding light on fescue toxicosis

by WLJ
New research from Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their university colleagues is shedding light on the relationship between chemical compounds and fescue toxicosis a disease that affects grazing animals and costs the U.S. cattle industry an estimated $600 million annually.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

Ranch homework for feedlot partnerships

by WLJ
There are thousands of feedlots, and hundreds could work for you, so finding the best partner can be a problem, especially the first time. Once you add up your needs, however, that formula should narrow the field.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Victor Leo LaGrande, Vic, age 91, was a cowboy, farmer, and cattleman all his life in the Williams, CA, area. He passed away peacefully June 25, 2009. Born March 11, 1918, he was one of nine children born to Joseph and Adeline LaGrande. Vic was patriarch to one of the countrys long-standing farming and ranching families.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company donates $88,000 to University Farm Meats Laboratory

by WLJ
An $88,000 donation from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will enhance the handson learning opportunities at California State University (CSU), Chicos Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center, commonly called the University Farm, by providing funding to purchase a smokehouse oven and sausage-making equipment for the Meats Laboratory.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

Manure management conference set Sept. 29-30 in Austin, TX

by WLJ
Its been 10 years since the last manure management conference, Mukhtar said. Since that time, there have been major advances in technology to help manage animal manure and process generated wastewater.

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Tuesday, July 7,2009

Demand for Hereford genetics rising genetics

by WLJ
Hereford genetics are becoming increasingly popular. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) report and ABS Global semen sale reports U.S. Hereford semen sales increased 8.4 percent in 2008 despite an overall drop in domestic semen sales for beef cattle.

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Monday, June 29,2009

Lack of dairy demand pushing hay prices down

by WLJ
The recent dairy cow buyout, made possible by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a dairy industry interest group developed by the National Dairy Producers Federation, has taken nearly 40,000 cows in western states out of production, but other...

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Monday, June 29,2009

Oregon ranchers struggle to protect livestock from wolves

by WLJ
The April 2, 2009, removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List was a welcome event to western ranchers, especially those who have struggled with the costs of wolf predation. In Oregon, however, the federal delisting has done little to improve ranchers ability to protect their livestock.

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Monday, June 29,2009

Fed trade steady to weak

by WLJ
Fed cattle markets started out softer last week with Corn Belt cattle feeders throwing in the towel on Wednesday after a break in live cattle futures. The early trade was light at $128-131 dressed with live trade at $80-81 in the region.

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Monday, June 29,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
According to the Des Moines Register, the Agriprocessors Inc. Kosher meat plant has been sold to a Canadian firm. The sale will include the payment of at least $8.5 million of the $21 million owed to credi- tors of Agriprocessors after the company filed bank- ruptcy.

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