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2011 September 30
This should be the best of times for beef producers. National herd numbers have fallen each of the past four years, yet domestic and global beef demand has improved steadily since the end of the 2008 recession. The U.S. has reclaimed its position as the world's leading beef exporter.
2011 September 30
Cattle are no different from any other living thing. Rule No. 1 is that cattle must eat and meet their daily nutritional requirements. Occasional imbalances may be tolerated for short periods, but through the long haul, every cow, calf, yearling, replacement heifer, finishing calf and bull must eat.
2011 September 30
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey has called for a review of existing operating procedures that relate to instances of alleged animal abuse. During the recently completed Triple B wild horse gather in Nevada, more than 1,200 wild horses were removed.
by WLJ
2011 September 30
Agricultural producers already struggle to find labor, and training employees takes time and money. Many of the workers in the fields and at the farms are immigrants, and new legislation threatens the very stability of the agricultural workforce.
by WLJ
2011 September 30
USDA scientists have found that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a tool used by the military, may be suitable for keeping an eye on changing land-use patterns across vast tracts of western rangeland.
2011 September 30
The Secretarys Advisory Committee on Animal Health recently met to discuss various aspects of the new proposed rule on traceability for livestock moving interstate. Like the recent National Animal Identification System, discussion about the proposed traceability rule has become a hot topic throughout the industry.
by WLJ
2011 September 30
The National Western Stock Show has named Lynne Cheney its 2012 Citizen of the West. She will accept the prestigious award at a dinner on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the National Western Events Center Paddock and Arena. This is the first year the event is being held at the National Western Complex.
by WLJ
2011 September 30
Many horse owners are aware of the equine herpes virus (EHV) outbreak that occurred in May of this year, but they do not know that the disease has resurfaced. Several new cases in California have been confirmed, following a sick mare in Sonoma County..
by DTN
2011 September 30
Thomas Gibson and Steve McDonald, Eastern Livestock Companys owner and chief operating officer, were each indicted on one federal charge of mail fraud related to activity from Aug. 9, 2004, to Nov. 2, 2010, that was related to the alleged checkkiting scheme that left more than 700 producers across the country holding $130 million in bad checks.
by WLJ
2011 September 30
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) applauded the bipartisan work of Sens. Sherrod Brown, D- OH, John Thune, R-SD, Dick Durbin, D-IL, and Dick Lugar, R-IN, to introduce legislation that will create the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM) Program.
2011 September 23
Like clock-work, every five years Congress renews the farm bill, while lobbyists and lawmakers fight to save critical pieces that support the ag industry. But this year, to the surprise of many farmers and agriculture organizations, congressional drive for large savings is forcing early debates.
by WLJ
2011 September 23
"Our results suggest that even with modest increases in plant growth, rising atmospheric CO 2 may counter the pervasive desiccating effects of warming in semi-arid grassland ecosystems. The most likely explanation is a CO 2 -induced suppression of transpiration," according to the study.
2011 September 23
In recent years, fencing riparian areas has become a standard practice to prevent their overuse by cattle who enjoy loafing in and around cool streams. Indeed, many lawsuits brought by environmental groups against federal agencies overseeing grazing lands, such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.
by WLJ
2011 September 23
Since 1992, CDC has defined a food-borne disease outbreak as the occurrence of two or more similar illnesses resulting from ingestion of a common food. State, local, and territorial health department officials use a standard, Internet-based form to voluntarily submit reports of food-borne outbreaks to CDC.
by WLJ
2011 September 23
The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) has come out wanting Congress to enact a two-year moratorium on all discretionary, non-essential regulatory action that would increase the cost of agricultural production and process in the United States.
by WLJ
2011 September 23
The sale price almost always is greater for a large group of high-quality, uniform calves than similarquality calves brought to the livestock auction in smaller groups or similar calves with more weight range variation.
by WLJ
2011 September 23
"Polly was the right choice for this checkoff, and for this industry," said Weldon Wynn, Executive Committee chairman and CBB vice chairman. "She has a powerful passion for the checkoff and for the beef industry, and she has absolutely proven in the last three months that she can run this operation astutely.


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