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Friday, February 6,2009

NRCS seeks comments on rules for conservation programs

by WLJ
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking public comments on changes to four programs authorized in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, or 2008 Farm Bill.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Industry awaits stronger beef demand

by WLJ
Seasonally strong beef demand is right around the corner, or at least that?s what the cattle industry?from bottom to top?is hoping for. Analysts expect January?s higher slaughter rates to slow down somewhat in February as packers and retailers try to deal with their current oversupply of middle meats and a decreased availability of fed cattle.

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Friday, January 30,2009

BEEF talk

by WLJ
Cows should not be giftwrapped. Very few questions are ever asked by those planning to purchase replacement cows. Not even simple questions, such as are the cows vaccinated or what vaccinations have the cows received? The history of a cow is perhaps more important than the wrapping.

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Friday, January 30,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
JBS S.A. officials were scheduled to appear Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court in Chicago for a hearing on proceedings in a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit that seeks to block the company from acquiring National Beef Packing Co. Media coverage of the previous hearing held Jan.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Energy corridors designated in eleven western states

by WLJ
The Department of the Interior?s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently signed a Record of Decision (ROD) amending 92 land use plans in support of the designation of more than 6,000 miles of energy transport corridors on federal lands in 11 western states.

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Friday, January 30,2009

One sick calf = less profitable pen

by WLJ
Low mortality isn?t the only way to measure the success of your health program. Pfizer veterinarian Robin Falkner told attendees at last fall?s Feeding Quality Forums held in North Platte, NE, and Amarillo, TX, to start thinking about disease management a little differently.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

by WLJ
Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen?s Association (CCA), the Colorado Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), and EnCana Oil Gas (USA) Inc., seeks nominations for the 2009 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Prevent coccidiosis cases this winter

by WLJ
Coccidia are so common in the U.S. that they can be found in beef and dairy calves from operations of all sizes and in all seasons, including cold winter weather. This means almost all calves are vulnerable to the damaging effects of coccidiosis, especially when the stress of changing weather creates a higher risk for disease.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Economist predicts ethanol production will fall short of government mandate

by WLJ
Ethanol plant construction has come to a halt, but the mandates by government are not declining, which could mean prices could jump again. Producers should prepare for round two, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist said.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Hundreds attend R-CALF annual convention

by WLJ
More than 200 members and their families celebrated R-CALF USA?s 10th Annual Convention in Rapid City, SD, Jan. 23-24 at the Ramkota Hotel where it all started back in 1999. ?This year, everything was very focused on R- CALF itself,? said R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard.

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