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Friday, March 13,2015

Productivity rises in global agriculture

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One measure of technological change is total factor productivity (TFP). Increased TFP means that fewer economic resources (land, labor, capital and materials) are needed to produce a given amount of economic output.

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Friday, March 6,2015

E. coli vaccine seldom used in feedlot cattle

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Further, there is no wellestablished market that compensates producers for vaccinating for the pathogen. So generally, the price paid for cattle coming out of feedlots is the same whether the vaccine was used or not. Because administering the vaccine adds costs without direct economic incentives, most cattle feeders choose not to, Tonsor said.

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Friday, March 6,2015

Dietary guidelines' reviews send thumbs down to committee recommendations

by WLJ
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) was one of several groups to step up quickly to challenge the recent recommendations on U.S. dietary guidelines. Just a week after seeking a longer comment period on the report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), NAMI sent letters and emails to more than 40 editorial page editors at U.

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Friday, March 6,2015

U. S. ag exports to Japan flat to down

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Japan is one of the largest markets for U.S. agricultural exports, and the U.S. has long been its largest supplier. However, in recent years the total value of U.S. agricultural exports to Japan has stagnated (in real terms) and the U.S. share of Japan’s agricultural imports has declined.

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Friday, March 6,2015

Vet's Perspective

Calf scours; causes and treatment

by WLJ
Young animals suffering from bouts of enteritis and severe diarrhea are very susceptible to acute dehydration due to the high percentage of body water in neonates. The ability to recognize and treat dehydration is invaluable to a successful operation.

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Friday, March 6,2015

Beef question 5

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Q: Aren’t we eating too much meat and beef? A: Despite other changes in the way we eat, Americans have not increased their percentage of calories from protein in 30 years. Americans consume about 5.1 ounces of protein foods daily which includes 1.7 ounces of beef daily, on average...

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Friday, March 6,2015

2015 beef production smaller than expected

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USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Total cattle slaughter is down 7.0 percent year-over-year including a 6.4 percent decrease in steer slaughter and an 8.7 percent decrease in heifer slaughter.

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Friday, March 6,2015

Beef question 7

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Q: Are all proteins created equal? A: No. When it comes to choosing high quality proteins, beef is a nutritious choice with an unbeatable taste. Naturally nutrient-rich lean beef gives you more essential nutrients (10 to be exact) in fewer calories than many other plant-based proteins. ...

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Friday, March 6,2015

March is a telling month for cattle ranchers and basketball players

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Preparation, Rusche said is the key component for success in both fields. “For a rancher, success during calving is critical. More than 60 percent of calves that are born and die before weaning are either born dead or are lost within the first 24 hours of birth,” said Rusche quoting data from the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System.

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Friday, March 6,2015

Beef question 6

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Aside from being a great source of protein, beef provides essential nutrients in a smaller package than some other proteins.

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