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Friday, August 8,2014

Vet's Perspective

Algae Toxicity

by WLJ
Those calm, warm days are awfully pleasant—but danger may be lurking in the tepid waters. Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria are a natural organism identified in stagnant waterways. Although many species of pond scum are completely harmless, some forms have the potential to cause severe liver disease and neurologic toxicity.

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Friday, August 8,2014

'Perfect Storm' points to rosy picture for cattle industry, according to CattleFax

by WLJ
Good said the industry is accelerating the rate of expansion, and “it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the trend.” However, while the fundamentals are “friendly,” he said, “the market will have a correction.” And that correction could be soon.

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Friday, August 8,2014

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Relief from heat stress may help quality grades

by WLJ
July and August are considered “the dog days of summer,” and for most cattle folks, a very busy time of the year. It’s a time when heat and humidity most affect those in the cattle feeding industry, especially in the Midwest and central regions of the Great Plains.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Cover crops make stover more sustainable, profitable

by WLJ
The research points to the age-old conservation method as a way to protect the soil and add value. Using cover crops—plants such as crimson clover or annual ryegrass that blanket the soil—farmers can sustainably remove 1.8 tons more stover per acre than they otherwise would remove, the researchers say.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Public lands grazing fees: What are they for?

by WLJ
When ranchers pay the federal government grazing fees to run their cattle and sheep on public lands, what are they paying for? Are they leasing the ground? Covering the ever-growing administrative costs associated with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.

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Friday, August 8,2014

ROI study shows $11.20 return on checkoff dollar

by WLJ
In the most comprehensive study ever rend e r e d about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.

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Friday, August 8,2014

FAO Food Price Index hits a six-month low in July

by WLJ
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Vet's Perspective

Neospora infection and diagnostics

by WLJ
ed by a “vertical” route— meaning the fetus is infected by the cow during pregnancy. It is believed that the cow’s immune system may cause reactivation of encysted parasites that upon release into the bloodstream are able to infect the growing fetus.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Rule to enhance ground beef tracing

by WLJ
A recently proposed rule by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service would require grocery stores and supermarkets to keep more documentation on ground beef sources, which could assist in more timely traceability of a particular beef source that may have caused a foodborne illness.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Economic challenges persist for producers looking to expand herds

by WLJ
A recent Financial and Risk Management Assistance report outlined several factors for South Texas cattle producers to consider when purchasing replacements. The publication was compiled by Corpus Christi AgriLife Extension Economists Mac Young and Dr. Levi Russell; Dr.

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