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by WLJ
2009 January 30
Colostrum intake is critical for the newborn calf, says Greg Lardy, a North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. ?At birth, a calf?s immune system is not fully developed,? he says. ?The calf must rely on colostrum from the cow until its own immune system is totally functional (about 1 to 2 months of age).
2009 January 30
Are a few no-sale land auctions indicative of a radical new attitude toward farmland investment? Does the hint of deflation encourage buyers to postpone purchases hoping land will be cheaper next year than today? What would it take for farmland to...
2009 January 30
Sale, Prescott Livestock Auction, Chino Valley, AZ Mar. 7.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Seasonally strong beef demand is right around the corner, or at least that?s what the cattle industry?from bottom to top?is hoping for. Analysts expect January?s higher slaughter rates to slow down somewhat in February as packers and retailers try to deal with their current oversupply of middle meats and a decreased availability of fed cattle.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
The number of cattle in feedlots in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2009, was below most analyst’s expectations when it was announced last week, giving prices a bullish bounce on the following trading day.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
A proposal in the upcoming economic stimulus bill set to be voted on in the Senate this week will not use taxpayer dollars to buy out some 320,000 head of dairy cows and place them on the beef market.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
A bill which would block USDA?s proposal to regionalize areas of Argentina and deem them foot and mouth disease (FMD) free was recently introduced to the Senate with broad support.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
The Department of the Interior?s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently signed a Record of Decision (ROD) amending 92 land use plans in support of the designation of more than 6,000 miles of energy transport corridors on federal lands in 11 western states.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Low mortality isn?t the only way to measure the success of your health program. Pfizer veterinarian Robin Falkner told attendees at last fall?s Feeding Quality Forums held in North Platte, NE, and Amarillo, TX, to start thinking about disease management a little differently.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen?s Association (CCA), the Colorado Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), and EnCana Oil Gas (USA) Inc., seeks nominations for the 2009 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Coccidia are so common in the U.S. that they can be found in beef and dairy calves from operations of all sizes and in all seasons, including cold winter weather. This means almost all calves are vulnerable to the damaging effects of coccidiosis, especially when the stress of changing weather creates a higher risk for disease.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
More than 200 members and their families celebrated R-CALF USA?s 10th Annual Convention in Rapid City, SD, Jan. 23-24 at the Ramkota Hotel where it all started back in 1999. ?This year, everything was very focused on R- CALF itself,? said R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Proper planning prior to calving season can mean more live calves. Excessive losses can mean the difference between a year?s profit or loss for a beef producer. Before the calving season, it is a good time to put together the supplies and equipment that will be needed to assist heifers and cows that need help at calving time.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
The 16th Annual Washington Cattleman?s Association (WCA) sponsored WCA/ Washinton State University (WSU) Bull Test has issued a progress report for the first 80-day test period of their 120-day feed test. The test is being conducted at the WSU Research Center at Prosser, WA.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
The Iowa Cattlemen?s Association (ICA) is pleased to announce Phil Schooley as the 2008 ICA Hall of Fame Award recipient. This prestigious award is one of the highest honors that ICA can give one of its members.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) has a new member services specialist. Erin Garrick joined the staff Jan. 5. Her primary responsibilities will be genomicsoriented member services and animal recording.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Buyers and sellers gathered for the largest offering yet at the annual Tennessee Hereford Marketing Program feeder calf sale Oct. 27, 2008. Ninety-six consignors sold 1,121 head of age-, source- and healthverified Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves in the program?s tenth year, earning sellers more than $29,000 in premiums.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Texas is among 27 states tracing and testing horses that may have been exposed to contagious equine metritis (CEM), a highly contagious disease that can be transmitted during breeding or artificial insemination. CEM can cause temporary infertility of horses.


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