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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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Friday, February 20,2009

Nebraska Property Tax Credit Act affects ranchers

by WLJ
A bill sponsored by Sen. Tom White of District 8 in Omaha, NE, will change the Property Tax Credit Act which has recently given farmers and ranchers across the state a break in real estate taxes. Legislative Bill (LB) 13 would take the property tax relief from the agricultural sector and give it to homeowners.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Niman Ranch teams up with Temple Grandin

by WLJ
Temple Grandin, a well- known animal handling expert and Colorado State University animal science professor, has teamed up with California-based Niman Ranch to audit and endorse the company?s claims of humane and sustainable production in its beef and pork operations.

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Friday, February 20,2009

High shedders are target for E. coli mitigation strategies

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High shedders within a truckload at slaughter could be a target for mitigation strategies to reduce the probability of preevisceration carcass contamination, a study by Kansas State University has found. To quantify associations at slaughter between E.

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Friday, February 20,2009

2009 Hereford sire summary is now available

by WLJ
The spring 2009 Hereford sire summary is now available in print and online at Hereford.org. The new summary includes detailed listings on 2,053 sires to help producers make informed buying, breeding and other management decisions.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Tibbs rodeo center nearing completion

by WLJ
What began as a dream of South Dakota rodeo supporters in 1989 will become a reality this June with the completion of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center located in the Maynard and Mattie Goff-Newcombe Building in Fort Pierre.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Heat detection efficiency

by WLJ
Heat detection efficiency (rate) is defined as the percentage of eligible cows that are actually seen or detected in heat. Several methods of calculating the efficiency with which heat is detected are available. A detection rate of 80 to 85 percent should be achievable.

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Friday, February 20,2009

SALE reports

by WLJ
BOOTH?S CHERRY CREEK RANCH ANNUAL ANGUS BULL SALE Feb. 12, Veteran, WY 88 Bulls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,839 Auctioneer: Lex Madden The Booth family had a beautiful day in eastern Wyoming for their 36th annual bull sale and over that time, they constantly strived for a consistent, reliable, uniform, profitable product for their customers.

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Friday, February 20,2009

South Dakota Checkoff sponsors expo in nation?s capital

by WLJ
The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), in a joint venture with the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, sponsored a major beef promotion in Washington, D.C., at the NBC 4 Health Fitness Expo Jan. 10-11, 2009.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Tips for buying replacement cows

by WLJ
Many producers choose to purchase rather than raise replacement cows for several different reasons. While the initial cost is often the main selection criterion, it should not be the only consideration and is not necessarily the most important. Special replacement sales and local auction barns are the most common sources of replacement cows.

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