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by WLJ
2009 March 6
Even though winter is trailing off, horse owners need to make sure their animals stay warm, according to North Dakota State University Extension Ser- vvice equine specialist Car- rrie Hammer. Horse owners have sev- eeral ways to do that. One of them is giving the horses shelter.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Dr. Patrick McCue, director of the Colorado State University (CSU) Equine Reproduction Laboratory, will host ?Saving Foals: A Horse Owner?s Guide to Foaling and Foal Care? from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in Room 118/120 of the Animal Cancer Center at CSU?s James L.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Forage Genetics International, LLC, a Land O?Lakes subsidiary, have entered into a multiyear research collaboration focused on improving alfalfa for a broad range of applications, including forage, silage and industrial uses.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced submission of proposal applications for the 2009 Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) has been reopened until April 1, 2009. The previous deadline to submit applications was March 2.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Global economic downturns and protectionist trade policies do not mix. That is a lesson made clear by the mistakes of depression-era trade policies of the early 20th century. To halt a global march toward similar flawed policies during the 21st century, the U.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Beginning April 1, 2009, breeding bulls entering Texas from any other state must be either 24 months of age or younger and certified as a virgin, or be tested negative for cattle trichomoniasis within 30 days prior to entry.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
The newborn calf has many challenges to face as it begins to live on its own. The first of these challenges is a change in environment. If a calf can get beyond the challenge of finding its feet and finding mom?s teat, there is a good chance it will be able to handle life.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Travis and Katie Krein and family held their annual spring bull sale on a nice February day in northwestern Ne- braska. This breeding program focuses on the ?ideal? Angus female, moderate frame, easy fleshing, feminine and highly productive. These bulls reflected the program easy fleshing, moderate size with muscle and extremely uniform.
2009 March 6
It?sabsurd that Congress is dealing with a bill to ban the slaughter of horses in the U.S. Honestly, who are we to regulate what the rest of the world eats and desires, just because they are pets to some people and they can?t stand the thought of...
by WLJ
2009 February 27
With producers in Canada and Mexico eyeing the U.S. trade practices suspiciously and waiting for answers, a U.S. group recently seized the opportunity to offer them a forum to express their displeasure with trade agreements. The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) met in Billings, MT, and brought together livestock groups from the U.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
The cash fed cattle market improved some last week as futures markets posted increases in early week trade and cutout values finally found a level of support. Those two factors helped improve sentiment, and trade looked to be steady to $1 higher when it developed.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Cattle on feed report numbers for Feb. 1 were reported mostly inline with analysts pre-report expectations and had very little impact on the markets last week. The inventory numbers showed very positive supply side fundamentals for the industry, however, the story lies on the demand side, which remains very weak, say analysts.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Feb. 20 that he would allow Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws to take effect, rather than reopening the rule-making process. That decision marked a step backward from the more aggressive approach he discussed with consumer groups and packers earlier in the week.
2009 February 27
Calving time is imminent. This is easy to see as the cows settle into the final weeks of gestation. Cows are a bit slower to get up. Their movement is not as decisive and the placement of feet is more careful. There is a noticeable decrease in the willingness to jockey for the pecking order.
2009 February 27
Supporters of mandator y Country of Origin Labeling (mCOOL) and opponents of further consolidation of the beef processing sector sure have a lot to cheer about. The mCOOL boosters now have the ear of our new Agriculture secretary, who has asked the meat industry to voluntarily adopt three practices stricter than those laid out in USDAs final rule.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
Tyson Foods Inc., the worlds largest meat producer, said recently it will issue $500 million in notes and it plans to arrange a new $1 billion line of credit. The company announced that the $500 million in unsecured senior notes would be due 2014.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
The Western Legacy Alliance (WLA), a newly formed coalition, announced its kickoff to bring together likeminded organizations from various backgrounds to advocate for responsible and sustainable access to public lands.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
The crippling drought which had been gripping much of California for all or parts of the past three years has finally been knocked back thanks to generous rains through much of the state, particularly in northern California. While all have welcomed the moisture, the situation remains critical.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
President Barack Obama chose Kathleen Merrigan, an assistant professor at Tufts University who helped develop U.S. organic food labeling rules, to be deputy secretary of agriculture, the White House said last Monday. The deputy agriculture secretary usually oversees day-to-day operations of USDA.


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