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Friday, January 16,2009

Portable test will identify tuberculosis and FMD

by WLJ
A portable test being developed by biodetection expert Stratophase could soon enable farmers and vets to accurately detect highly contagious diseases such as bovine tuberculosis (TB) and foot and mouth (FMD) in the field, reducing false alarms and containment time and enabling remedial action to be taken more quickly.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Geneticist to speak at Central Grasslands Center

by WLJ
Michael MacNeil, U.S. Department of Agriculture animal genetics researcher, will be a featured speaker during the Jan. 28 Grass-N- Beef Research Review at North Dakota State University?s (NDSU) Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter, ND.

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Friday, January 16,2009

AngusSource 08 contest winners

by WLJ
The top groups in the 2008 AngusSource Carcass Challenge (ASCC) ?blew the doors off? average quality grades, says program director Sara Snider. Three feedlots won more than $1,000 in cash and prizes for first through fifth place finishes during the inaugural year of the contest.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Can livestock consume enough DDGS to help ethanol makers?

by WLJ
Cornbelt agriculture has benefited from the ethanol market that will consume an estimated 3.7 billion bushels of corn this marketing year and has created a premium pricing environment for the corn grower. 2009 will produce an estimated 11 billion gallons of ethanol en route to the 2015 mandate of 15 billion gallons.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Arizona National Livestock Show scholarship opportunity

by WLJ
The Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS) Scholarship Program began in 1991 by awarding $13,500 to 11 students that year. Over 18 years later, ANLS has now awarded 537 students a total of $537,909.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Farm Bureau backs increase in ethanol blend and other measures

by WLJ
Delegates for the American Farm Bureau Federation voted without debate to encourage an increase in the existing 10 percent ethanol blend allowed for most vehicles.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Grazing school for novice ranchers accepting students

by WLJ
The grazing school is now accepting enrollment for two sessions, March 24-26 and March 31-April 2. ?Nitrogen costs may be back to 2005 levels, but practically everything else remains high, and this makes ranching, which is always a challenging business, even more challenging,? Rouquette said.

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Friday, January 16,2009

After record 2008, grain exports face challenges in 2009

by WLJ
After record U.S. grain exports in 2008, organizations that focus on spurring the flow of U.S. grain abroad will be looking at a few more challenges this year, according to a grain industry official who spoke during the American Farm Bureau Federation?s 90th annual meeting.

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Friday, January 16,2009

2009 Beef Management Calendar now available from WSU Extension

by WLJ
Washington State University (WSU) Extension has published the 2009 Beef Management Calendar. The calendar is available for free in a digital format or in printed form for $5 from WSU Extension Publications. The calendar has been developed to assist livestock managers in formulating an overall management plan for beef operations.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Changing hay feeding methods can reduce wintering costs

by WLJ
A three-year wintering investigation was conducted at Dickinson Research Extension Center in North Dakota to determine the effect of hay feeding methods on cow wintering cost. The average amount of hay wasted needs to be calculated when determining how much hay to provide to cows every day or when making forage purchases.

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