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Friday, February 27,2009

No secret recipe for beef demand

by WLJ
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded "U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study" tried to answer.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Contracts pull cash lower

by WLJ
A steep two-day decline in the futures markets forced feedlots to the table with inventory earlier than anticipated last week, with most of the week?s northern trade taking place last Wednesday afternoon. Live sales in Nebraska sold $2 lower, from $78-80, and dressed sales sold $3 to $4 lower, from $127-129.

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Friday, February 20,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Canadian beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market for the first time since 2003, said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. ?Step by step, this government is reopening markets to Canadian beef producers,? said Ritz.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Perez honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year

by WLJ
Kyle Perez, Nara Visa, NM, was selected as the 2009 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Perez was selected for the award by his peers?other Hereford herdsmen and breeders? and honored prior to the selection of the champion horned Hereford bull on Jan.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Face fly control approaches

by WLJ
Considerable research with a nematode that destroys female ovaries and a pupal parasite that killed the pupae was conducted in Nebraska, but neither proved effective enough to be employed for control. The insecticides recommended for control of horn flies will also control face flies.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Protect cattle from parasites; help clean up pastures

by WLJ
Only 5 percent of parasites live in cattle, which means 95 percent of parasites are on pastures. That is why Dr. Bert Stromberg, parasitologist and professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, says a parasite control program also can help reduce parasite burdens on pastures.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Stockmen?s association offers free cattle directory

by WLJ
The 2009-2010 edition of the North Dakota Cattle Directory is now available from the North Dakota Stockmen?s Association (NDSA) and is free for the asking.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Indiana ethanol plants produce more DDGS than can be used

by WLJ
Indiana ethanol plants could produce enough of a livestock feed ingredient for Hoosier farmers to feed their animals three times over, a Purdue University study suggests. Dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) is made from the leftover parts of the corn kernel in the ethanol production process.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Mead named National Poll-ette of the Year

by WLJ
The National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) recognized Robin Mead, Mid- vville, GA, as the 2008 Na- ttional Poll-ette of the Year. For her contributions to the Hereford breed, youth and the NOP, Mead was bestowed with this honor Jan. 15 at the 2009 National Western Stock Show.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Smithfield to shutter several plants

by WLJ
In a move which company officials say is in no way related to the country?s economic downturn, Smithfield Foods recently announced that it would be instituting a restructuring plan which involves the closure of six pork processing plants.

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