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by WLJ
2012 February 10
Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director of technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics, says this analysis further demonstrates how combining information from the High-Density 50K (HD 50K) panel to EPDs can reduce the risk of misclassifying young, unproven sires and help improve producers’ purchasing decisions.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
From 2002 to 2007, the number of operators aged 75 years and older increased by 20 percent, but the number of operators under 25 years of age decreased 30 percent.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
Typically, the Texas High Plains cotton acres will be nearly evenly split between dryland and irrigated, said Mark Kelley, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist of Lubbock. This adds up to about 2 million dryland cotton acres planted, with the same number of irrigated acres.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
Ellen Gilinsky with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faced a roomful of cattlemen and women at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) annual convention held in Nashville, TN.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
International trade, cattle payment efficiency and herd health were among the key policy issues members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) honed in on during the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, TN.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
Conversation ranged from the latest science and research to ensuring effective cattle care to federal legislation to mandate onfarm production practices and more. Talbot said despite challenges cattle producers face, raising healthy cattle is and always has been a top priority.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
“The estate tax kills small business and jeopardizes the future of our family farms and ranches throughout the country,” said Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) associate director of legislative affairs. “2012 will be the year where permanent relief is within reach.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
Elected NCBA presidentelect was Scott George, a second-generation Wyoming farmer. Also elected to NCBA posts at the meeting were Bob McCan, Texas, to vice president; Craig Uden, Nebraska, federation division chair; Richard Gebhart, Oklahoma,...
by WLJ
2012 February 10
A project that will develop an advanced biofuel from energy beets and provide growers across North Dakota with a new industrial crop is taking another important step forward, fueled by a significant two-year North Dakota Renewable Energy Council grant.
by DTN
2012 February 10
Nearly 300 people crammed into a motel meeting room to attend the first cash rent public auction in the Mason City, IA, area Saturday, Feb. 4. About 25 active bidders raised hands or nodded heads as two-year leases for more than 2,250 tillable corn/soybean acres in 14 tracts went up for grabs.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
Cash fed cattle markets were lightly tested last week, with a few cattle selling in Iowa at $124-126 live and $1.96-1.98 dressed. There was some softening in the beef markets and futures contracts traded lower for much of the week, lending to last week’s price decline.
2012 February 3
Iowa’s House File 589, known as the “ag gag bill,” if passed would become the nation’s toughest legislation against animal rights activists who use what they call covert operations to take videos and photos of alleged animal cruelty. The bill would make it illegal to videotape at farms, ranches, and other animal operations while undercover.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
The federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2012 fee is the same as last year’s.
2012 February 3
Industry leaders have rightly focused on the shrinking U.S. cattle herd as one of the industry’s biggest issues. While a smaller herd means higher prices for cow/calf producers, it means small or negative margins for everyone else in the beef chain. And it’s not healthy for only one sector to be making money.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
As expected, the cattle report issued last week by USDA confirmed that the U.S. beef cattle industry got smaller last year. The inventory of all cattle and calves on Jan. 1, 2012, was 90.77 million head, the smallest inventory since 1952. The inventory of beef cows was 29.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
Indiana-based Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly, has announced it is acquiring ChemGen Corporation, a privately held company specializing in food enzyme products for poultry, egg and meat production.


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