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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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Friday, August 15,2014

Researches look at how temperament affects immunity

by WLJ
As a new load of weaned calves enters the feedlot, workers prepare to process the calves upon arrival. Processing would likely include vaccinating these calves to prevent respiratory disease and treating them for parasites, among other regular processing procedures.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Corn is again a low cost feedstock for biofuel use

by WLJ
As commodity producers, American farmers are no stranger to the rollercoaster ride of prices being offered for their products. The last several years have offered opportunities for profits for corn growers due to low national yields, robust exports and increased domestic demand.

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Friday, August 15,2014

U.S. beef, pork exports on record pace through June

by WLJ
Beef exports were up 5 percent in volume; 106,609 metric tons (mt) which equals 2,204.622 pounds) in June and set a new monthly value record of $631.7 million ( 12 percent). First-half export value also set a new record of $3.27 billion ( 16 percent).

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Friday, August 8,2014

NMSU developing food supplement to improve cattle digestive system

by WLJ
Pregnant cows have a harder time during drought because they are eating for two. If they are not able to consume and digest the required nutrients during pregnancy, calf development can be negatively influenced, which in turn has an impact on the dollars in the cattle producer’s bank account.

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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

Did you know?

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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