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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Time to replace toxic fescue, when beef prices are good

by WLJ
Good managers of grass and cattle know how to lower impact of toxic fescue. They diluted fescue with clover, feed grain supplement and rotational graze paddocks. Those practices also boost returns with novel endophytes, Roberts says. Good managers benefit first and most, he adds.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

U.S. meat markets struggling

by WLJ
A myriad of factors are joining forces to create significant challenges for beef, pork and poultry markets so far in 2015. These include supply and demand factors, domestic and international factors, and short- and long-term factors. Many of the factors are affecting all meat markets while others are specific to individual meats.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

China's meat imports surge

by WLJ
China’s imports of meats during 2013-14 were more than double the volume imported during the early 2000s. Growing demand and higher prices of domestic meat products have driven the growth in China’s meat imports over the past few years.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Women are learning to navigate farm ownership

by WLJ
Cindy Whitlock of Queen City uses the MU program. A fifth-generation Schuyler County farmer, she raises show sheep on 40 acres. There’s also a menagerie of guineas, peacocks, donkeys, cats, dogs, chickens and “whatever else anybody dumps out on the road.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Beef export market sets new record high in 2014

by WLJ
In 2014, the U.S. beef export value hit a record-high of $7.13 billion—up 16 percent and nearly $1 billion from the previous record set in 2013. This is good news for beef producers, as opportunities to market beef to a growing middle class around the world adds value to each beef animal sold in the U.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Silage trials show forage type and variety selection key to yield and quality

by WLJ
Bell said because silage is in high demand by both feedyards and dairies in the High Plains, she and Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist of Amarillo, are taking a closer look at what makes a difference in production outcomes, especially on sorghum silage.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Significant interventions in world grain markets: FSU and China

by WLJ
After going through a long period of relative stability in the world grain markets, there have been some major interventions in the past few years. Most of these have occurred in the former Soviet Union (FSU), but some of the actions by China also have had drastic impacts.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Two Dot ranch recognized for environmental stewardship

by WLJ
For the past 25 years, Montana Stockgrowers has proudly sponsored the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP).

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Grazing among grains yields ecological, economic benefits

by WLJ
The Zakarisons are collaborating with Jonathan Wachter, a soil science doctoral student at Washington State University, to demonstrate how integrated livestock farming in wheat country can contribute to sustainability goals.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

OSU publishes weed identification guide

by WLJ
With spring planting soon to get underway, a new guide developed by an agronomist from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University is available to help growers identify weeds in order to manage them before they take over.

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