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Friday, August 22,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
An enemy sits in Washington, DC, and refuses for years to allocate funds for its employees to travel to ranchers, farms or cattlemen’s meetings, likely for the specific reason of maintaining no chance of their underlings for fraternizing with ‘their’ enemy.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Corn prices impact wheat, stocker cattle decisions

by WLJ
With all the rain in July, things are looking a little more optimistic for wheat and stocker cattle operators than in the past four years in the Rolling Plains of Texas and southern Oklahoma, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Hoop systems for beginning ranchers

by WLJ
During a recent multiple production system bus tour, participants learned how controlled environments may provide an option for expanding beef production in South Dakota, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Feeder cattle prices and the economics of stocker production

by WLJ
The rollback in price between stocker purchase price and feeder sales price, along with overall price level, is the principal determinant of the gross margin, i.e., value of gain, for stocker production. For example, Oklahoma feeder prices last week indicated that the value of 250 pounds of gain for a 450-pound steer was $1.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Manure management for the small farm

by WLJ
Small farms are different than large farms; the challenges of managing manure nutrients are different but the principles are the same. Small farms may have fewer animals and sometimes several animal species on the same farm. Those farms could also have limited acreage and possibly lack the equipment necessary for spreading manure.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Marbling matters as weaning time approaches

by WLJ
Marbling in cattle—the taste fat—was long considered the feedlot’s responsibility, until research pointed to opportunities all the way back to the ranch. Genetic potential is a key, and deposition of this intramuscular fat links to management decisions much earlier than those final months on feed.

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Friday, August 22,2014

PLC annual meeting on grazing

by WLJ
Public Lands Council (PLC) will hold its annual meeting Sept. 3-6 in the southwest Colorado town of Ignacio. PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to representing ranchers with public land grazing rights.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

by WLJ
Grandin gave a lecture Aug. 14 to Texas A&M University’s department of animal science faculty. Grandin also was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctoral degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during Friday’s graduation ceremonies at Texas A&M in College Station.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
The “differing views” on trespass law (Western Livestock Journal, August 11, 2014, pg. 1, pg. 8) have succeeded in making a hash of a simple situation.

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Friday, August 15,2014

New levels mean new optimism

by WLJ
Forecasters have been calling for this trend for almost two years, and as the national cow herd tries to rebound and find stable numbers again, the overpowering temptation to market young females into the feeding chain is hindering the cow herd’s ability to keep up.

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