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Friday, July 31,2009

Exports weathering H1N1 influenza, economic crises

by WLJ
While May was expected to be the month in which U.S. pork exports were most affected by A-H1N1 influenza, the effect has not been as negative as some analysts had predicted, according to an analysis of USDA statistics by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. At the same time, U.

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Friday, July 31,2009

USDA grants Nebraska producers an extension of their TB status

by WLJ
Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach last week announced the numbers for the sixth week of testing in the ongoing bovine tuberculosis (TB) case. All TB test results have been negative on the approximately 8,800 head of cattle tested between June 15 and July 19.

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Friday, July 31,2009

New UNL research geared to increase profitability

by WLJ
Three new University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) research projects underway at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory (GSL) near Whitman seek to reduce feed cost while maintaining benefits.

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Friday, July 31,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
A.J. Smith Jr., the 24-year editor of the Oklahoma Cowman magazine, knew of and was known by thousands of cattle producers in Oklahoma as well as other states. Saturday, July 25, Smith suffered an aneurysm during the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association state convention in Midwest City, OK, and died.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Preconditioned calves earn record premiums

by WLJ
A study of prices received on calves sold through seven video auction sales in 2008 reveals that cattle producers received the highest premiums since 1995 on VAC45 and VAC PreCon calves, and the second highest premium on VAC34 calves. Fourteen years of Pfizer Animal Health price data shows an increasing value for preconditioned calves.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Yeast research expected to help develop next-generation biofuels

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A new yeast that makes ethanol from both five-carbon and six-carbon sugars without needing oxygen has been developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. This could be an important breakthrough in industrial ethanol production because its difficult to control oxygen levels as yeasts ferment sugars into ethanol.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Ramirez wins Calgary Stampedes International Livestock Auctioneer Championship

by WLJ
Paul Ramirez of Tucson, AZ, displayed the fastest, most persuasive chant in the West, winning the 21st International Livestock Auctioneer Championship at the Calgary Stampedes Livestock Show and Rodeo. It was Ramirezs fifth time competing for a shot at the title.

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Friday, July 24,2009

Early fed sales move lower

by WLJ
Cattle feeders came to the table early last week and moved light numbers of cattle at prices steady to $1 lower than the previous week at $83-84 live basis last Wednesday in the South and at $130-132 dressed in the northern tier and Corn Belt.

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Friday, July 24,2009

LETTERS

by WLJ
Pete, I greatly appreciate and agree with your comments on the pending legislation that is currently in D.C. Please continue to cover this regularly, as there are a lot of smoke and mirrors coming from the proponents of the legislation that have most folks too confused to decide whether these new regulation and programs are good or bad for the country.

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Friday, July 24,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Rollie Barnard, retired financier and former mayor of Greenwood Village, CO, named Citizen of the West in 1994, died of cancer on July 2. He was 87. A celebration of his life is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m., July 29, at the Denver Zoo.

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