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Friday, March 13,2015

Port congestion, economic headwinds slow January meat exports

by WLJ
January exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb were down sharply from a year ago, according to data released by USDA and compiled by U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Shipping delays caused by the West Coast labor dispute combined with a number of economic factors to drive export volumes for beef and pork to four-year lows.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Repercussions of ground beef market changes

by WLJ
The resulting paper, “Changes in the Ground Beef Market and What it Means for Cattle Producers,” was authored by Nevil Speer while a professor at Western Kentucky University; Tom Brink, the founder and President of Top Dollar Angus; and Mark McCully, Vice President of Production for the Certified Angus Beef brand.

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Friday, March 13,2015

What to know on recalls

by WLJ
Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food. It is also a continuum, because the more a food firm spends on effective technologies and protocols to ensure safe food, the greater chance the foods are protected against contamination.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Now is the time to schedule those breeding soundness exams

by WLJ
For the breeding soundness evaluation to be successful, bulls should be evaluated 30 to 60 days before the start of breeding. It is important to allow sufficient time to replace questionable bulls. Bulls could also be evaluated at the end of breeding to determine if their fertility decreased.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Heifers lead record Angus price premiums; feeders want more

by WLJ
That’s one way to read results from a 16-year comparative calf price study by Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). The fall 2014 “Here’s the Premium” (HTP) report compares auction prices for nearly 14,000 calves of known Angus vs. non-Angus genetics at 10 markets from California to Kentucky and North Dakota to New Mexico.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Bison project uses high-tech breeding to halt disease, conserve icon

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A seed herd of purebred American bison—offspring of the iconic native species in Yellowstone National Park— will be reintroduced this fall to a natural area at the hinge of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains after an agreement was finalized last week between Colorado State University (CSU) and three government agencies.

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Friday, March 13,2015

2015 Heifer synchronization protocols announced; plan for breeding season

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“With bull sales underway and 2015 AI beef sire directories available, it is time to think about breeding season—especially if you will be using synchronization,” Salverson said. “Depending on which protocol is selected, it could be more than 39 days from start of the program to artificial insemination.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Watershed protection effort benefits from community participation

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“It takes a community” like the one involved through the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership to ensure adequate water quantity and quality to meet current and future needs, said Ward Ling, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist who coordinates the partnership.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Harvesting timber can provide multiple benefits

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“By working with that forester, you know what trees need to come out and how much timber is going to come out, and you can do what we call competitive bid,” Stelzer says. “You invite buyers to come in and then buyers will compete against each other. You will always get a better price by doing a competitive, sealed bid process.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Traceability compliance

by WLJ
USDA first announced new rules for animal disease traceability in March 2013, which included a two-year transition period to adopt official ear-tag criteria. Each state was charged with reviewing policies and, if necessary, revising them to meet national standards.

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