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Thursday, December 23,2010

Plummeting temperatures can cut profits come spring

by DTN
Youve got to be prepared, says Alice Koupal. If youre not, you can have a disaster. The Dante, SD, rancher should know. Come January and February, when temps are well below zero, this cattle operation is focused on calving chores for the familys 450 to 500 Angus cows.

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Friday, December 3,2010

Farmland values continue to rise

by DTN
Midwest farmland values rose for the fourth consecutive quarter, posting the largest increase in two years, as high crop and livestock prices fueled a surge in agricultural income, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said.

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Friday, November 12,2010

Dewormer resistance real

by DTN
Ted Dyer didnt want to keep guessing about the effectiveness of commonly used dewormers in his cattle herd. So last year, the University of Georgia animal scientist conducted a trial on the Northwest Georgia Research and Education Centers weaned calves.

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Friday, November 12,2010

High-quality beef market rewards

by DTN
Fillets selling for $75 a pound? Ribeyes going for $50 a pound? How about ground beef priced from $7.50 to $14 a pound? Go to the Internet and click Wagyu (or Kobe) beef and you might think producers of this specialty beef cattle have discovered the road to riches.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Vet students choosing pets over farm animals

by DTN
The number of veterinarians who work with cows, pigs, chickens and other farm animals is on the decline as many prepare to retire and fewer students opt for large animal practice, results from a recent study showed.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Are niche markets a buffer against volatility?

by DTN
Most American beef travels a familiar, traditional trail from pasture to plate. Here and there, though, some producers have chosen a road less traveled to meet the more specific needs and wants of consumers.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Red Angus Foundation, Inc. raises $28,000

by DTN
The Red Angus Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) raised $28,000 through the auction of seven signed and numbered prints of Tim Coxs limited-edition Where Change Comes Slowly piece during the 2010 Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) national convention in Springfield, MO.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Distillers grains to displace more than 1 billion bushels of corn

by DTN
This year, for the first time, distillers grains will displace more than 1 billion bushels of corn in domestic feed rations, according to estimates from the ProExporter Network.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Drought hits hay producers

by DTN
While some areas of the U.S. are experiencing drought conditions that have dried up pastures and forced livestock producers to feed hay weeks earlier than usual, the overall outlook for hay supplies does not seem to be quite as severe.

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Friday, October 29,2010

Hold down winter feed costs with these feed alternatives

by DTN
For Troy Ellis, winter feeding is all about holding the line on body condition and making sure cows and heifers are in good shape for a round of AI work by mid- November. But this year, it's looking to be a more expensive proposition.

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