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by WLJ
2009 February 20
A bill titled the ?Wild Bison Recovery and Conservation Act,? which sought to transfer management of bison in Montana from the Department of Livestock (DOL) to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP), was recently killed in committee by a vote of 10-8.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The spring 2009 Hereford sire summary is now available in print and online at Hereford.org. The new summary includes detailed listings on 2,053 sires to help producers make informed buying, breeding and other management decisions.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
What began as a dream of South Dakota rodeo supporters in 1989 will become a reality this June with the completion of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center located in the Maynard and Mattie Goff-Newcombe Building in Fort Pierre.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Heat detection efficiency (rate) is defined as the percentage of eligible cows that are actually seen or detected in heat. Several methods of calculating the efficiency with which heat is detected are available. A detection rate of 80 to 85 percent should be achievable.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), in a joint venture with the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, sponsored a major beef promotion in Washington, D.C., at the NBC 4 Health Fitness Expo Jan. 10-11, 2009.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The horse slaughter issue was back on the table earlier this month as public officials at both the state and federal level worked at cross purposes to deal with the swelling numbers of unwanted horses in the U.S. On Feb. 12, Congressmen Nick Rahall, D-WV, and Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, introduced legislation which would block the U.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Many producers choose to purchase rather than raise replacement cows for several different reasons. While the initial cost is often the main selection criterion, it should not be the only consideration and is not necessarily the most important. Special replacement sales and local auction barns are the most common sources of replacement cows.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Junior Angus enthusiasts and their families should have their calendars marked for the most exciting event of their summer?the 2009 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) set for July 19-25 in Perry, GA. The Georgia Junior Angus and Georgia Angus Associations will host the ?Sweet Southern Showdown? at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Amidst talk of recession and credit becoming extremely difficult to secure, the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA) encourages anyone involved in the sheep and goat industries to take advantage of the NLPA Sheep Goat Fund.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The Sac County Cattlemen, Fort Dodge Animal Health, and the Beef Checkoff helped sponsor a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program Jan. 13 at the feedlot of Kevin and Terri Carstensen outside of Odebolt, IA. A special thank you also goes to JR Pauley and Ullrich Farms for donating a steer for the program.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Calf scours is one of the most frustrating experiences in a cow/calf operation. Actually, ?scours? is just the symptom of a disease that can be caused by many different bacteria and viruses. Adverse environmental factors can also contribute to an outbreak? cold, wet and muddy conditions are the most common culprits.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The extreme cold and record snowfall in parts of the northern Plains has been hard on cattle and cattle producers this winter. Cold stress increases the energy requirements of cattle, according to Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.
by DTN
2009 February 20
Advocates of wind energy touted the industry?s potential, while highlighting the potential struggles last week, even as the U.S. Senate passed its version of the stimulus bill that would pump billions into wind energy and investments in upgrading the nation?s transmission grid.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
BOOTH?S CHERRY CREEK RANCH ANNUAL ANGUS BULL SALE Feb. 12, Veteran, WY 88 Bulls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,839 Auctioneer: Lex Madden The Booth family had a beautiful day in eastern Wyoming for their 36th annual bull sale and over that time, they constantly strived for a consistent, reliable, uniform, profitable product for their customers.
2009 February 20
Cattle futures took a beating the day after Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced he was going to ask the packing industry to voluntarily tighten up the regulations on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).
2009 February 13
Most North American cowherds calve in the ?spring,? very broadly defined as January to May because folks contending with wind chill don?t want to admit they calve in the winter. Spring continues for the first three weeks of June, but we tend to call that summer calving.
2009 February 13
A troubling event occurred this past week at an auction barn. There was a feeling of ?not wanting,? but also a feeling of ?that is the way it is.? The auction barn is known as a social center and a place to sell cattle. People share stories and experiences that go along with an industry that is speckled with considerable individualism.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
South Korea?s department stores are considering selling U.S. beef following local discount retailers? resumption of its sale in November last year. Lotte Department Store, the nation?s leading department store chain, is gearing up for the sale of U.S.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
The fed cattle market appeared to be set for a Friday deal last week as only light trade had developed in the north at $131 dressed. Analysts were calling the week?s action steady to as much as $1 higher when it developed. Packer margins were being squeezed last week and they were cutting production as a result.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
Immigrant labor has always been a contentious issue for farmers and ranchers who do what they can to play by the rules, but sometimes find themselves shorthanded. Even lawmakers have acknowledged that employers aren't experts on immigration laws, nor should they be expected to be; but the problem of finding adequate, timely and legal labor remains.


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