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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.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
On the heels of the latest food product recall, this time in the form of more than 1,800 products derived from processed peanuts, newly-appointed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said he supports a single food-safety agency. ?We are the only industrial nation to have two systems,? he said.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
The February World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) showed last week that volatility won't be smoothing out anytime soon in agricultural markets.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announces an exciting opportunity for ranchers to learn valuable tips to help protect their ranching investments.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
Oregon State University (OSU) has hired a recently graduated animal scientist from the University of Florida to conduct research on beef cattle and help address ranchers? needs. Reinaldo Cooke, who started in January, is based at OSU?s Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
This winter?s extreme cold and heavy snow have begun to take their toll on already short hay supplies, warns Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service beef cattle specialist. Cows are consuming 30 percent to 40 percent more hay than normal in some situations as they try to maintain body weight during the cold weather.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
Though their importance is often overlooked, contemporary groups are truly the cornerstone of any genetic evaluation. Unfortunately, establishment of an ultrasound contemporary group is sometimes done improperly.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
In a case that could set a dangerous precedent for ranchers along the U.S./ Mexico border, Arizona rancher Roger Barnett was in court last week to fight a lawsuit filed by 16 illegal immigrants he apprehended on his 22,000-acre ranch, the Washington Times.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
Researche rs from across the country gathered at a ch e cko fffunded summit titled ?Ethanol Co-Products?Beef Product Implications? in November 2006 to develop a summary of existing research and establish future research needs.


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