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by WLJ
2015 March 6
Consumers and the food industry are demanding that sustainable products be produced. Farmers, too, have a vested interest in sustainability as they are stewards of the land. “Best management practices” help growers protect the environment, produce abundant, safe food, and generate profit.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
A group of U.S. beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations last week announced the launch of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB).
by WLJ
2015 March 6
New Mexico’s statewide cow herd decreased during recent years due to severe drought conditions. As weather conditions improve, cattle producers are now investing in the future as they rebuild their cow herds with higher-quality genetics from regionally adapted registered cow herds.
by WLJ
2015 March 6
Common questions agricultural producers have regarding water use typically relate to conserving water resources. Beyond wanting to know the range of water use by particular crops, producers sometimes question why and how crops use water. They may inquire about what causes crop water use to fluctuate.
2015 March 6
This Janu a r y, I spent two weeks on a dairy farm in Nicaragua. I volunteered to teach an intensive rotational grazing and electric fencing project on this farm. Early each morning, 30 cows are handmilked once a day by several workers. Pasture forage and supplemental feeding maintain the calves.
2015 March 3
With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal hanging in the balance, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) last week threw its support behind renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will enable the current administration and future ones to negotiate and close trade agreements such as the TPP.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
With each degree drop in temperature below freezing, their energy requirements increase by 1 percent. Since the temperature has been easily 20-30 degrees below freezing, livestock will need 20-30 percent more energy to maintain their weight.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
Good managers of grass and cattle know how to lower impact of toxic fescue. They diluted fescue with clover, feed grain supplement and rotational graze paddocks. Those practices also boost returns with novel endophytes, Roberts says. Good managers benefit first and most, he adds.
2015 March 3
“There has been and continued to be an unexplainable desire by dieticians and other ‘health’ professionals to associate or link dietary components, particularly animal food products, with human disease,” wrote Dr.
2015 March 3
While the public relations world does battle with consumer perception regarding beta agonists, scientists do what scientists do…namely, figure out how things work. In this case, they have been trying to figure out how to make beta agonists work better.
2015 March 3
Using objective selection in purchasing bulls is of the utmost importance, and with large contemporary groups, ultrasound and genomically enhanced EPDs, basing a large part of selection on genetic predictions can be done more accurately than ever. However, it is important not to get lost in an alphabet soup of data.
by WLJ
2015 March 3
China’s imports of meats during 2013-14 were more than double the volume imported during the early 2000s. Growing demand and higher prices of domestic meat products have driven the growth in China’s meat imports over the past few years.


by WLJ
2015 March 3
Cindy Whitlock of Queen City uses the MU program. A fifth-generation Schuyler County farmer, she raises show sheep on 40 acres. There’s also a menagerie of guineas, peacocks, donkeys, cats, dogs, chickens and “whatever else anybody dumps out on the road.
2015 March 3
What is the purpose of the horse? To do work for us? To feed us? To provide us companionship? Some might say it’s not for man to decide; the horse has a purpose of its own right, beyond human use or enjoyment. By that reasoning, the horse should be allowed to live in peace, unbridled and unfenced by mankind.
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