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Friday, August 22,2014

Manure management for the small farm

by WLJ
Small farms are different than large farms; the challenges of managing manure nutrients are different but the principles are the same. Small farms may have fewer animals and sometimes several animal species on the same farm. Those farms could also have limited acreage and possibly lack the equipment necessary for spreading manure.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Marbling matters as weaning time approaches

by WLJ
Marbling in cattle—the taste fat—was long considered the feedlot’s responsibility, until research pointed to opportunities all the way back to the ranch. Genetic potential is a key, and deposition of this intramuscular fat links to management decisions much earlier than those final months on feed.

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Friday, August 22,2014

PLC annual meeting on grazing

by WLJ
Public Lands Council (PLC) will hold its annual meeting Sept. 3-6 in the southwest Colorado town of Ignacio. PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to representing ranchers with public land grazing rights.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

by WLJ
Grandin gave a lecture Aug. 14 to Texas A&M University’s department of animal science faculty. Grandin also was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctoral degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during Friday’s graduation ceremonies at Texas A&M in College Station.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
The “differing views” on trespass law (Western Livestock Journal, August 11, 2014, pg. 1, pg. 8) have succeeded in making a hash of a simple situation.

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Friday, August 15,2014

New levels mean new optimism

by WLJ
Forecasters have been calling for this trend for almost two years, and as the national cow herd tries to rebound and find stable numbers again, the overpowering temptation to market young females into the feeding chain is hindering the cow herd’s ability to keep up.

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Friday, August 15,2014

NMSU turns to cattle producers to help support judging teams

by WLJ
“We are asking cattle producers throughout the state to donate a steer calf each fall to our program,” said Tim Ross, retired animal and range sciences department head. “We will raise it, use it in many of our classes, including our judging teams training, and when it reaches slaughter weight, we will sell it.

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Friday, August 15,2014

30th ICA bull tests start

by WLJ
The ICA Bull Evaluation Program (BEP) has a long reputation of offering elite genetics to commercial breeders and other purebred producers. By participating in the program, seedstock producers—whether they have a small or large operation—can benchmark their genetics and compare their outcomes with those from other herds.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Don't let parasites take a bite out of your profits

by WLJ
Internal parasites in cattle—often called worms—eat away at the performance and marbling potential in fed cattle, even when they’re dewormed properly at arrival. That’s according to research at Iowa State University (ISU), which also suggests deworming stockers or preconditioned calves as a “best management” approach.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Dee Likes steps down

by WLJ
The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is stepping aside after 31 years in the position. Dee Likes will assume the title of KLA Chief Executive Emeritus December 31, 2014, and will remain employed by KLA in an advisory role to work on future initiatives.

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