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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.
2009 August 31
Eastern Oregon ranchers are feeling uneasy now that a second female with pups has been collared in the area. In late July, a female wolf, with two or three young pups, was collared by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officers in the remote Salt Creek region near the Imnaha River in the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.
by WLJ
2009 August 31
This interactive format allows viewers to read the entire magazine online with page-flip technology. Unlike the printed version, however, new features will greatly increase communication.
by WLJ
2009 August 28
According to USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the number of cattle on feed on Aug. 1, in yards with capacity of 1,000 head and more was down 2 percent from last year at just 9.6 million head.
by WLJ
2009 August 28
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) said last week it will move forward on a review of 29 additions to the endangered species list. Officials rejected the listing of eight other plants and animals that had been studied for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
by WLJ
2009 August 28
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has agreed to pay a $2,026,500 civil penalty to resolve wastewater issues that occurred years ago at its Dakota City, NE, beef plant, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.
by WLJ
2009 August 28
The Washington Cattlemens Association (WCA), the oldest organization representing cow/calf and stocker producers throughout Washington, has just submitted its documents to Thurston Countys Superior Court outlining its request to intervene in the...
by DTN
2009 August 28
Financial influenza could be spreading through farm country later this fall. While only a tiny fraction of all farm loans have been affected to date, the pork and dairy industries have eroded huge portions of their lifetime equity in the last year and face a wave of restructurings or forced sales in the next few months.
by WLJ
2009 August 28
Rangeland plants may be harboring a virus that grasshoppers are transmitting to cattle, horses and other hoofed mammals, according to a published research study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. A recent outbreak of vesicular stomatitis virus (VS) in the southwest United States has disrupted rodeos and prompted quarantines.
by DTN
2009 August 28
It is taken on faith that this years farmland rental rateswhich hit $500 per acre in a few cases in Illinoisreflect last years economy at least, if not the past couple of years. Landlords nearly everywhere set higher rental rates this year because 2008s crop income was so good.
by WLJ
2009 August 28
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that, as part of USDAs continuing efforts to listen to and respond to the needs of producers in the dairy industry, he is moving forward on establishing the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee and is requesting nominations.
by WLJ
2009 August 28
It may seem like one of the simpler management processes, but it still gets overlooked. Angus cattle, for instance, are naturally polledand breeding cattle to Angus bulls is an easy way to remove horns naturally without the stress of using mechanical means.


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