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Friday, February 13,2015

Keep replacement heifers growing for best results

by WLJ
Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students until April 15, 2015.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Cattlemen announce partnership with National Sheriffs' Association

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“Alignment between our two groups will help to further both our interests on critical issues such as transportation and border security,” said McCan. “With these overlapping issues, we can strengthen our position and our message by working together. There is a lot to be gained from collaboration and this is a proud and historic moment for NCBA.

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Friday, February 13,2015

2014 Top Hand Club winners are recognized at convention

by WLJ
The Top Hand Club was initiated in 1982 as NCBA’s member-recruit-a-member program that recognizes volunteer leaders for their commitment in growing a strong national association. To become a Top Hand Club member, individuals must recruit at least three new NCBA members.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Penn State students win Collegiate Quiz Bowl

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A team of students from Pennsylvania State University took top honors in the 2015 National Collegiate Quiz Bowl, held in conjunction with the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, TX.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Guest Opinion

Data analysis provides value for receiving stockers

by WLJ
During the course of conducting grazing research at the Noble Foundation, we routinely receive and “straighten out” stocker cattle. Many of these cattle are sourced from sale barns and would be considered to be at high risk for contracting bovine respiratory disease (BRD, also known as shipping fever).

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Friday, February 6,2015

Dystocia not tied to feed

by WLJ
A topic often discussed in cattle production is whether the level of nutrition given to a pregnant female late in gestation affects birth weight and dystocia. Many producers worry providing good nutrition to a pregnant female—especially heifers— increases birth weight of the calf and, subsequently, dystocia.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Rabobank explores cow confinement and semi-confinement

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Cattle producers across the U.S. are heeding economic indications to rebuild and expand their herds, but a 32 million-acre decline in pasture availability over the last 10 years is hindering expansion and causing producers to weigh options that...

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Friday, February 6,2015

One-third of U.S. farm operators are at least 65

by WLJ
Retirement farms had the highest percentage of older operators (67 percent)—as might be expected— followed by low-sales farms (41 percent). The advanced age of farm operators is understandable, given that the farm is the home for most farmers, and farmers can gradually phase out of farming over a decade or more.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Winners of the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum student diversity program

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” to be held Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Demand for sorghum at an all-time high

by WLJ
Five years ago, the export sector accounted for 30 percent of the U.S. grain sorghum market. At that time, Mexico was the largest importer, committing to approximately 973,042 bushels of grain sorghum weekly. However, in 2013 sorghum exports skyrocketed when Gun Jen Juee Agriculture Trading Company became the first company to import U.

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