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by WLJ
2012 January 6
The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to delay possible appeal proceedings in their World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat. In November, a WTO dispute panel ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico, concluding that U.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 spring expected progeny differences (EPDs) which evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.
2012 January 6
New farm bill—Since the super committee could not reach an agreement on cutting $1.2 trillion in federal spending, the House and Senate Agriculture committees will begin the new year working on the new farm bill. It is estimated that at least $15 billion could be cut over 10 years.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Arlo was also president of Tehama Co. Jr. Livestock Auction Committee for five years, was recognized by TCCA as Man of the Year in 1985 and was TCCA president in 1975-76. He worked as a foreman for the Tehama County Road Department before retiring in 1983.
2012 January 6
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revised hours-of-service (HOS) rule for commercial truck drivers, planning to improve safety in the industry, but the restrictions have many trucking organizations and companies less than happy.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) will be hosting their 61st mid-winter meeting Jan. 17-18, 2012, in Denver, CO. This year’s meeting will combine CCA’s Legislative Luncheon and National Western Stock Show (NWSS) activities with steering committee meetings.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Vaccinating cows at pregnancy testing time with an approved scour vaccine is one management practice that offers producers that cost-saving opportunity: one trip, two functions. However, the convenience in the application may not generate the desired effect: optimum calf immunity.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Although February and March are still a few weeks away, looking ahead to the spring calving season requires that producers be prepared for those situations where mother nature needs a little boost.
by DTN
2012 January 6
For much of West Texas, drought conditions are nothing new, but it was hard to find anyone in 2011 who recalled a worse drought. Amarillo, TX, generally averages 20 inches of precipitation annually. Through mid-August, the city registered 2.5 inches. By late December, that had bumped up to 6 inches, reflecting a minor fall reprieve.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Vincente & Erik Alvardao, Corning, CA Avila Cattle Co., Cottonwood, CA Bagley Cattle Co., Millville, CA Bar KD Ranch, Culver, OR Barry Hereford & Angus, Gresham, OR Black Bear Ranch, Montague, CA Cardey Ranch, Turlock, CA CB Ranch, Gerber, CA Charron...
by WLJ
2012 January 6
The Hall of Fame honor recognizes breeders who have dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed. Hall of Merit inductees are not always Hereford breeders but have, in their own ways, greatly influenced the Hereford breed and cattle industry.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Cows should be sorted into different groups in the fall to maximize forage qualities and reduce costs. Sorting by each body condition score (BCS) category is usually not possible, so sorting BCS of 3s and 4s together, 5s and 6s together, and anything above a 7 together would be a good system.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
The latest National Meat Case Study, conducted through a joint effort of The Beef Checkoff Program, the National Pork Board and the Sealed Air’s Cryovac Food Packaging Unit, revealed beef remains the biggest player in the meat case, with a typical store featuring about 60 unique beef products.
by WLJ
2011 December 30
The fed cattle market fell back in line last week after giving cattle feeders a white Christmas. Cattle feeding margins improved some as cash fed cattle prices jumped $4 per cwt. to $123 in southern feedlots. Northern feedlots sold cattle $6-7 higher at $125-126, and dressed cattle sold mostly at $202 per cwt.


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