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Friday, October 23,2009

Watch out for nitrate poisoning in forages, forbs

by WLJ
Nitrates are present in all forages, Corriher said. Strictly speaking, the nitrate poisoning should be called nitrite poisoning. With normal levels of nitrates, the range animals rumen converts the nitrate (NO3) into nitrite (NO2), which in turn is converted to ammonia, then into amino acids and then into proteins, she said.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Certified Hereford Beef marketings up

by WLJ
CHB LLC packing partners National Beef Packing Co. LLC and Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. harvested 379,282 CHB-eligible cattle and certified 250,266 total carcasses during FY 2009. A total of 36,810,360 pounds was marketed as CHB, which is up 900,000 pounds, or about 2.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Fed, feeder markets show signs of turning higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle markets regained a little of the ground lost recently last week with early trade called at least steady to mostly higher in all areas. Early trade came at $82 in the south with dressed trade in the Corn Belt and Nebraska at $124-126.

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Friday, October 16,2009

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
If we dont dispose of our surplus wild horses, they eventually will destroy our open public rangelands by overgrazing, killing the grass, and then die of starvation. Horses have been a part of civilization since the beginning.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Carefully consider backgrounding your cattle

by WLJ
Declines in calf prices may interest some producers in feeding calves and marketing them at heavier weights later rather than sending them to market now, according to a North Dakota State University (NDSU) livestock specialist.

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Friday, October 16,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Iowas beef producers have chosen the Iowa Beef Steakhouse, Des Moines, IA, as the 2009 Iowa Beef Backer recipient. This annual honor is presented to an Iowa restaurant that exemplifies exceptional beef dining. According to owner Henry Schneider IV, the Iowa Beef Steakhouse is committed to serving only the best beef available.

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Friday, October 16,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
John F. Polvorosa, 73, a great friend to many and a man always wearing a smile, passed away peacefully on Sept. 11, 2009, at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, OR.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Wind Power Conference Nov. 9-10

by WLJ
The Nebraska Wind Power 2009 Conference will be held in Kearney, NE, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center Nov. 9-10. Gov. Dave Heineman will keynote the conference Monday noon and Larry Flowers, national technical director of Wind Powering America at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Friday, October 16,2009

Coccidiosis can be managed

by WLJ
Fall is a transition time in the cattle business. Unfortunately, transition equals stress for calves which can result in increased incidence of disease. Dr. Nels Lindberg, Animal Medical Center, Great Bend, KS, says coccidiosis is one disease producers should pay extra attention to as calves enter the feeder or stocker phase.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Expert: Biomass gasification, biochar show commercial promise

by WLJ
Biomass gasification and the resulting production of biochar were among the topics addressed at the recent Texas Animal Manure Management Issues Conference in Round Rock, TX, north of Austin.

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