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Friday, November 14,2014

Apply now for CAB's beef scholarships

by WLJ
The Colvin Scholarship Fund has grown to award higher cash amounts to deserving students. Offered by the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand, the annual awards recognize Louis “Mick” Colvin’s dedication to making dreams a reality and inspiring others to be their best.

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Friday, November 14,2014

On-farm research helps producers

by WLJ
As corn and soybean growers work to get crops out of the fields this fall, next year’s growing season may not be the first thing on their minds. However, Laura Thompson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension Educator, said harvest is the ideal time to consider how on-farm research could benefit their operations.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Using wheat pasture as a winter supplement for cows

by WLJ
Limited grazing of wheat pasture has proven to be the best and also more efficient approach for utilizing this high-quality forage with mature beef cows. The protein requirements of a dry cow can be met by allowing her to graze on wheat pasture for one day and returning her to dry pasture grass and/or hay for 2-3 days.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Product News

Merck announces next steps on Zilmax

by WLJ
The company, which pulled Zilmax (zilpaterol hydrochloride) in August of 2013 amid animal welfare concerns, has been working diligently to get the product back on the market, with a five-step program that, to date, has included: • Extensive review...

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Friday, November 14,2014

Product News

Take steps now to achieve lambing and kidding season success

by WLJ
Lambing and kidding season can drive a flock or herd’s long-term success. The health, growth and early performance of a newborn determines the number of feeders for marketing and the quality of future replacements. With so much riding on this season, be sure to plan in advance to provide optimal care to your next crop of lambs or kids.

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Friday, November 14,2014

N. Dakota income tax program Dec. 2

by WLJ
The program, sponsored by the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service and Internal Revenue Service, will feature presentations by Ann Makres, IRS; Steve Eckroth, Eide Bailly, Bismarck; Rhonda Mahlum, Mahlum Goodhart PC, Mandan; Rick Mapel, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Grand Forks; and Steve Troyer, Eide Bailly, Fargo.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Marginal thinking for optimal decisions

by WLJ
For many producers, this may be a question of expanding the cow herd. In addition to potential herd expansion, producers should consider whether current market values should prompt management changes as well. Consider this question, for example: What is the optimal level of death loss for cows or calves?.

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Friday, November 7,2014

DID YOU KNOW

The beef with ever-heavier carcass weights

by WLJ
So why is this occurring? We would argue genetics is a huge part of the equation. Today’s cattle can be fed to 950-lb. or even 1,000-lb. carcasses without excess fat. Certainly feeding and management strategies have had an impact. Today, many feeder cattle are grown to 850 or 900 lbs.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Stockers rise above commodity roots

by WLJ
Although margins are often tight in the stocker business, the higher dollar risk of recent years points to a need to think beyond buying low and light and selling high and heavy. Seasoned stockers like Mark Yazel, who operates along the border from Kiowa, KS, to northeastern Oklahoma, know there is more to it than weight.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Brand fees go up in CA

by WLJ
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced an increase in the brand inspection-related fees in late August. Under California law, as with other states, cattle must be inspected by a local brand inspector whenever cattle are sold/ transferred, slaughtered or moved out of state.

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