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by WLJ
2015 March 13
January exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb were down sharply from a year ago, according to data released by USDA and compiled by U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Shipping delays caused by the West Coast labor dispute combined with a number of economic factors to drive export volumes for beef and pork to four-year lows.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
The resulting paper, “Changes in the Ground Beef Market and What it Means for Cattle Producers,” was authored by Nevil Speer while a professor at Western Kentucky University; Tom Brink, the founder and President of Top Dollar Angus; and Mark McCully, Vice President of Production for the Certified Angus Beef brand.


by WLJ
2015 March 13
Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food. It is also a continuum, because the more a food firm spends on effective technologies and protocols to ensure safe food, the greater chance the foods are protected against contamination.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
For the breeding soundness evaluation to be successful, bulls should be evaluated 30 to 60 days before the start of breeding. It is important to allow sufficient time to replace questionable bulls. Bulls could also be evaluated at the end of breeding to determine if their fertility decreased.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
That’s one way to read results from a 16-year comparative calf price study by Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). The fall 2014 “Here’s the Premium” (HTP) report compares auction prices for nearly 14,000 calves of known Angus vs. non-Angus genetics at 10 markets from California to Kentucky and North Dakota to New Mexico.


by WLJ
2015 March 13
A seed herd of purebred American bison—offspring of the iconic native species in Yellowstone National Park— will be reintroduced this fall to a natural area at the hinge of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains after an agreement was finalized last week between Colorado State University (CSU) and three government agencies.


by WLJ
2015 March 13
“With bull sales underway and 2015 AI beef sire directories available, it is time to think about breeding season—especially if you will be using synchronization,” Salverson said. “Depending on which protocol is selected, it could be more than 39 days from start of the program to artificial insemination.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
“It takes a community” like the one involved through the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership to ensure adequate water quantity and quality to meet current and future needs, said Ward Ling, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist who coordinates the partnership.
2015 March 13
explained, by breaking the soil crust; compacting the soil to improve germination; returning standing plant material to the soil through trampling; providing fertilizer; and cropping plants to keep them at optimum photosynthesis, which in turn improves soil health and stores carbon in the soil.
2015 March 13
The H5N2 strain might not be considered as virulent as other strains of avian influenza, but the virus has been a surprising world traveler. H5N2 is a Eurasian strain that is considered the first avian influenza to cross from Asian flyways to North American ones.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
“By working with that forester, you know what trees need to come out and how much timber is going to come out, and you can do what we call competitive bid,” Stelzer says. “You invite buyers to come in and then buyers will compete against each other. You will always get a better price by doing a competitive, sealed bid process.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
USDA first announced new rules for animal disease traceability in March 2013, which included a two-year transition period to adopt official ear-tag criteria. Each state was charged with reviewing policies and, if necessary, revising them to meet national standards.


by WLJ
2015 March 13
For some, this time of the year is just “another day at the office,” because they have taken the necessary steps to ensure as few problems as possible. For others, this list may help to reduce problems that might occur. As we strive to improve the beef operation over time, it’s never too early to be thinking about the next calving season.
by DTN
2015 March 13
After a trip to Cuba last week, U.S. agriculture leaders are more determined than ever to convince Congress to end the U.S. embargo on business with Cuba. However, their goals are shifting from selling U.S. commodities and foodstuffs to Cuba to potential sales of feed grains and equipment.
by WLJ
2015 March 13
The FAA last month published proposed regulations that would govern the use of small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in agriculture and other enterprises, said Peggy Hall, Ohio State University (OSU) Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law Field Specialist.


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