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Friday, September 5,2014

Cow/calf producers could add revenue through cost-effective calf management

by WLJ
A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Producers urged to enroll by Oct. 1

by WLJ
The USDA is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification

by WLJ
Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is again offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from Sept.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Restaurant Performance Index declines slightly for the second consecutive month

by WLJ
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) for July was released at the end of August. The index registered a modest decline in July as a result of a dampened outlook among restaurant operators.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Don't take Checkoff ROI lightly

by WLJ
As a beef producer, I have always believed that the beef checkoff assessment that my family pays each time we sell an animal is a good investment for us, and I’m happy to say that we now have some robust validation of that belief.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Improved silage management

by WLJ
Corn silage is a major ingredient in most confined cattle rations. To ensure good storage and fermentation, Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist, said that corn for silage should typically be harvested between 60-70 moisture.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Options weighed on replacement heifers amid historic high prices

by WLJ
“One operation we tracked had heifers weaned in 2010 and 2011, what those heifers were and what their accumulated expenses were over the two years to the point where they were heavy bred. Their expenses totaled $1,100-1,400 a head. That ranch was pretty efficient and did a good job of reducing their expenses.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Beef traceback measures combat foodborne illness

by WLJ
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Low-stress weaning options

by WLJ
Weaning is a stressful time for calves. This stress can contribute to reduced feed consumption, which means poor nutrition. It also can depress the immune system, leading to greater risk for sickness and death, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, August 29,2014

The drought deepens in the West; LFP eligibility maps updated

by WLJ
California and much of the far West is still swathed in red. In the Golden State, reservoirs are showing their beds and bottled water is being distributed to parched suburban residents. Last week the USDA updated its map of Secretarial Drought Designated counties and.

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