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by WLJ
2009 July 31
At a House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee hearing last week, Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, said she would maintain her plan to ban imports of Chinese poultry. That ban is seen as the largest barrier blocking U.S. cattle producers ability to ship beef to China. The Chinese market is the last remaining untapped market for U.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
The semi-annual cattle inventory report contained few surprises for the industry, showing that overall beef cattle numbers continue to decline despite already tight supplies.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service reported cattle on feed numbers for July 1, 2009, have fallen 5 percent from last July. The number of cattle on feed in U.S. lots totaled just 9.8 million head, including 5.99 million steers, which was down 7 percent from last years level.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, has placed a hold on the nomination of animal rights activist Cass Sunstein who was set to be appointed to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. Sen. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease in equines, has been confirmed in two horses, one in Toppenish and the other in Prosser, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced last week. Neither horse was vaccinated for WNV.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) reached a milestone when the association sold a record 26,725 Red Angus yellow tags in one month. The tag entitles producers to enroll their Red Angus-influenced calves into the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) for the mere cost of the tag.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
While May was expected to be the month in which U.S. pork exports were most affected by A-H1N1 influenza, the effect has not been as negative as some analysts had predicted, according to an analysis of USDA statistics by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. At the same time, U.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach last week announced the numbers for the sixth week of testing in the ongoing bovine tuberculosis (TB) case. All TB test results have been negative on the approximately 8,800 head of cattle tested between June 15 and July 19.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
A.J. Smith Jr., the 24-year editor of the Oklahoma Cowman magazine, knew of and was known by thousands of cattle producers in Oklahoma as well as other states. Saturday, July 25, Smith suffered an aneurysm during the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association state convention in Midwest City, OK, and died.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
A study of prices received on calves sold through seven video auction sales in 2008 reveals that cattle producers received the highest premiums since 1995 on VAC45 and VAC PreCon calves, and the second highest premium on VAC34 calves. Fourteen years of Pfizer Animal Health price data shows an increasing value for preconditioned calves.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
A new yeast that makes ethanol from both five-carbon and six-carbon sugars without needing oxygen has been developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. This could be an important breakthrough in industrial ethanol production because its difficult to control oxygen levels as yeasts ferment sugars into ethanol.
by WLJ
2009 July 24
USDA announced it is accepting applications for up to $50 million in projects to promote the continued production and use of biofuels.
by WLJ
2009 July 24
Members of the National C a t t l emens Beef Association (NCBA) approved a number of policy resolutions and directives to further critical industry priorities. The resolutions were passed by vote during the membership meeting at the culmination of the annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference.
by WLJ
2009 July 24
The National Cattlemens Foundation (NCF) and Fort Dodge Animal Health recognize the importance of and demand for bovine veterinarians and production agriculture professionals.
by WLJ
2009 July 24
"We believe in the success of a strong state and national partnership resulting in increased consumer demand for beef and higher consumer confidence. We believe in producer control of checkoff funds through the Qualified State Beef Councils, which are the foundation of the beef checkoff.


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