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Friday, April 13,2012

A good name worth defending; have a crisis-proof reputation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The ways to preemptively build this architecture—or invest in your reputation, if you prefer the financial analogy—are as varied as the specific crises which can happen. Richard and others at AASV’s crisis management seminar spoke at length on specific responses, but several general recommendations emerged.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Choosing equipment to reduce stress in cattle

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The benefits of reducing stress on cattle have been well documented and touted by a variety of sources. Keeping cattle calm and comfortable reduces bruising and injury, dark cutters, injury to handlers, damage to equipment, and more. Low-stress cattle can boast higher weight gains, better feed efficiency, and better health.

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Friday, April 13,2012

New farm and ranch products for 2012

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Ryan Smit saw an issue with the traditional means of gathering young calves in need of attention or weighing. Collecting the calf, bringing it to where it is needed, then going out again for the cow takes up unnecessary time and can break the bond between a cow and new calf.

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Friday, April 6,2012

Subfertile females may have misplaced male DNA

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The genomes of cows who have difficulty reproducing often contain fragments of the male Y chromosome, according to a new study titled “Y are you not pregnant: Identification of Y chromosome segments in female cattle with decreased reproductive efficiency.

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Friday, April 6,2012

NY judge demands FDA action on antibiotics in animal feed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The objects of contention are penicillin and tetracycline included in animal feed to “stimulate growth and improve feed efficiency in food-producing animals,” according to the court order. The court claims “medically important” antibiotics in animal feed have led to a rise in antibiotic resistant.

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Friday, March 30,2012

High numbers now mean low numbers later

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The U.S. cattle on feed rose, as did placements, in February and March. But continued high placements are unsustainable and many project a drop in placements which will result in shorter meat supplies later in summer. Recent rains in drought-stricken areas will also tighten numbers as more heifers are kept as replacements rather than feeders.

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Friday, March 30,2012

New evidence surfaces in MF Global investigation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Friday, March 23, a congressional memo was released in the MF Global probe. The memo cited an email sent Oct. 28, 2011, by then-MF Global Assistant Treasurer Edith O’Brian. The email’s language suggests then-MF Global CEO Jon Corzine not only knew about the use of customer funds to back the group’s risky trades, but instructed transfers be made.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Protesters shut down Monsanto for a day

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Tuesday, March 20 was the first day of spring. Traditionally, spring’s beginning has been celebrated in many cultures by giving thanks, prayers for kind growing seasons to come, and the sowing of first seeds. In the Occupy culture, the coming of spring was cause for protest.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Activists' cameras not welcome in Utah

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Utah joined Iowa in legally telling camera-wielding anti-ag activists they are not welcome. March 20, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed HB 187 into law, making it illegal to film livestock operations without the permission of the owner.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Rural Californians to pay $150 per home for fire fee

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Rural Californians are all fired up over a new fee. The state claims the fee is needed to continue providing fire protection to rural residents. Opponents are calling foul, however, saying it is an illegal and unfair tax that will do more harm than good.

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