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by WLJ
2009 September 4
Fed cattle trade was working toward resolving the last of the supply issues last week as feedlots reportedly moved good numbers of heavy cattle, particularly in parts of the Corn Belt where they had been stacking up in some feedlots. Trade last Wednesday on dressed cattle was in the $130-131 range for the region.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to look into Canadas complaint that South Koreas sixyear ban on Canadian beef is in violation of world trade rules, Canadian officials said last week. WTO will set up a dispute settlement panel, at Canadas request, to decide whether South Koreas ban violates its obligations under the WTO.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Cattle imported to Washington state from Canada have raised concern among cattle producers in the state and drawn the attention of R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America. The group has filed two petitions with USDA and the agencys Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration to investigate Agri Beef Co.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) and the Society for Range Management are set to cohost the Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands in Reno, NV, Dec. 13-16, 2009.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Cattle market volatility and big price variations are still with us, Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center director, said recently at the University of NebraskaLincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Open House. Were really in the worst recession or contraction since 1929, Robb said.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Sixteen dedicated Hereford breeders achieved Gold TPR TM (Total Performance Records) status for fall 2009, according to the American Hereford Association (AHA). The Gold TPR Breeder recognition is presented to progressive Hereford breeders who have measured traits and collected and promptly submitted performance data at all levels of production.
2009 September 4
Some agricultural opponents of climate change legislation argue the U.S. could lose significant crop acres to forestry, but others worry about cleaner energy demanding more cropland to grow biofuels and renewable electricity. One of the key battles on climate legislation right now is just how much land shifting would occur.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Recently, it seems that seedstock and commercial producers are being bombarded with advertising that promotes a variety of DNA marker technologies for application in selection and management programs.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Like the rest of the economy, producers in the agricultural sector are feeling the crunch with cattle prices down and operating costs up. In these times of economic difficulty, were all looking for ways to help improve our bottom line, said Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky extension beef cattle specialist.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Livestock producers who suffered excessive weatherrelated animal deaths from Jan. 1, 2008, through July 12, 2009, have until Sept. 13 to apply for payments under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Producers who recognize foot rot and develop strategies to prevent and treat it can successfully protect their cattle herds performance. Causing an estimated 75 percent of all lameness diagnosed in beef cattle, foot rot, or interdigital dermatitis, can be detrimental to the health of a herd and profits of an operation.
2009 September 4
Dr. Bill Barton, Idahos state veterinarian, expects to conduct two meetings in Idaho this month to help ensure the state remains brucellosis-free despite bordering Yellowstone National Parkthe last U.S. reservoir of the disease that can cause spontaneous abortions in livestock, wild elk and bison.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
The Federal Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) ability to cite feedlots for discharging waste without physical evidence was nullified in the Vos versus EPA case recently ruled upon.In January 2007, EPA charged four Iowa cattle feedlot operators with illegally discharging pollutants from their feedlots.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
As fall calving begins, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) encourages its members to score their cows teat sizes and udder suspensions so the data can help guide future selection decisions. The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has standardized guidelines for teat and udder scoring.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Seven equine cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been diagnosed in Colorado as of Aug. 28, 2009. The cases that have been recently diagnosed represent the first reported cases of WNV this year. The WNV positive tests were submitted from horses examined in the north central, northeast, and southeast regions of the state.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
JBS SA, the Brazilian firm which made a big move into the U.S. beef industry with its purchase of Greeley, CO-based Swift, along with the assets of Smithfield Beef and Five Rivers Cattle Feeding two years ago, has announced its intention to get into the U.
by WLJ
2009 September 4
Montanas governor, Brian Schweitzer, was presented Montanas Brucellosis Class Free Certificate from Dr. Brian McCluskey, western regional director of the USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Veterinary Services, last week. USDA-APHIS reinstated the states brucellosis-free status on July 9.


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