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Friday, March 7,2014

Setting goals for your herd after the blizzard

by WLJ
“In the past, knowing who your cows were and what they were capable of doing was tremendously important to your goals. It affected how you marketed your calves and how well they fit that market. It determined the genetics in the bulls that you purchased.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Extreme winter cold, wind can hurt bull reproduction

by WLJ
The sub-zero temperatures and persistent winds that pushed wind chills into the 30-50 degrees below zero range, affecting a large swath of the country this winter, also raised the potential for scrotal frostbite in bulls, according to a beef cattle expert from Ohio State University’s (OSU) College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Document all livestock losses

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Producers with excessive livestock losses due to adverse natural and environmental conditions may qualify for compensation under the 2014 farm bill, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service Livestock Stewardship Specialist Gerald Stokka.

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Friday, March 7,2014

The history of the Hutchinson family

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The Hutchinson family is extremely proud of its heritage in the Upper Arkansas Valley since the ranch has been owned and operated as a cattle ranch for six continuous generations. Joseph Sykes Hutchinson and Annabel McPherson Hutchinson first homesteaded the earliest portion of the ranch in 1868.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Historic Hutchinson Ranch protected in Chaffee County

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Located along U.S. Highway 50 between Salida and Poncha Springs, the 700-acre Hutchinson Ranch was originally homesteaded in the 1860s by Joseph Hutchinson before Colorado achieved statehood. The ranch has been passed down through six generations, making it the oldest family-owned ranch in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

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Friday, March 7,2014

CFI: More research on consumer trust

by WLJ
“The model provides a clear path to effectively address growing skepticism about today’s food,” Fleck said. “Consumers have been asking for more transparency, but it has not been well defined. This research defines transparency and provides direction.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Precautionary Principle center stage at NIAA's annual conference

by WLJ
Four speakers at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA’s) 2014 Annual Conference in Omaha, NE, will tackle the highly debated “Precautionary Principle,” a controversial risk management strategy developed to cope with possible risks where scientific understanding is yet incomplete.

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Friday, March 7,2014

AMI urges Dietary Guidelines Committee to consider important nutrition benefits of meat

by WLJ
Meat and poultry products are important and rich sources of highly bioavailable micronutrients and inclusion of meat and poultry products in the diet can prevent well-documented vitamin deficiencies, according to American Meat Institute (AMI) comments submitted yesterday to the 2015 U.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Assessing winter wheat

by WLJ
Fanning explained how soil moisture factors in winter wheat condition. Moist soil has higher specific heat than dry soil, so is not as sensitive to temperature fluctuations, both high and low. Also, winter wheat plants that are adequately hydrated are much better able to withstand low temperatures than those under moisture stress.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Stored grain needs attention as spring arrives

by WLJ
The stored grain temperature increases in the spring due to an increase in outdoor temperatures and solar heat gain on the bin. Solar energy produces more than twice as much heat gain on the south wall of a bin in early spring as it does during the summer.

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