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by WLJ
2011 June 3
The House of Representatives may have ended the push by USDA to change the way that the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) governs market fairness last week. As part of ongoing budget negotiations, the House agriculture committee
2011 June 3
Whether the result of a struggling economy, or simple greed, instances of cattle rustling are on the increase in several western states. In few places is this more apparent than in central Idaho, where a sharp rise in the instances of apparent theft have led ranchers to band
by WLJ
2011 June 3
After a series of videos detailing extreme, inhumane slaughter methods aired in Australia last week, offi- cials there are calling for a ban on shipments of live animals to Indonesia. The graphic videos, which aired on Australian television last Monday, prompted out- rage among Australian citizens and producers alike.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Animal health delegates meeting in Paris last week declared that rinderpest, a highly contagious disease in cattle and other animals, is eradicated, marking the first time humans have snuffed out an animal disease in the wild.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
In response to drought conditions, US- DAs Farm S e r v i c e Agency aut h o r i z e d emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for 13 additional Texas counties effective immediately. This most recent authorization brings the total to 51 counties approved to graze CRP acres.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Hamburgers and hot dogs arent the only things being devoured at Memorial Day celebrations this year. So are the food budgets of backyard barbecue hosts and hostesses, said American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle in a guest editorial published recently in the Sacramento Bee.
by DTN
2011 June 3
With May fed cattle supplies hitting highs not seen since 2007, and beef in storage marking a 10-year peak, there are some serious questions in the cattle industry concerning where prices are headed going into the fall. The general consensus on selling feeder cattle: Wait, if you can.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Were encouraging people to rerecord their brands as soon as possible, Grainger said. There have been cases in the past where people didnt rerecord their brands in a timely manner, then forgot to do it and ended up losing their brands..
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Exports of Washingtongrown products have reached a new high. From Oct. 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011, the value of Washington-origin farm and seafood products has set a record pace.
by DTN
2011 June 3
In a signal of the growing unpopularity of farm programs, the House Appropriations Committee last Tuesday approved amendments to the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill to impose stricter income limits on farmers who get commodity payments.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
When Dave Nichols and Dr. Doyle Wilson hatched the notion of using ultrasound in beef production on that infamous plane ride nearly two decades ago, the idea was to identify seedstock with a propensity for heavy marbling.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
In a surprising shift last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar issued an order to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey reversing course on the proposed Wild Lands initiative which had created so much controversy among resource users.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF&WHC) has announced the fourth class of inductions into the MCHF. The inductees were chosen from candidates nominated by the public and trustees of MCHF&WHC who made a notable contribution to the history and culture of Montana through 1960, no matter the year of death or closure.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
At a sale barn, everyone is looking for a good deal. Theres opportunity for profit, but commingling cattle from different backgrounds isnt always a bargain. The bacteria cattle can be exposed to put them at risk for developing bovine respiratory disease (BRD).
by WLJ
2011 June 3
As the season and type of cattle vary, the challenge of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) may increase. Sticking to the fundamentals of evaluating an anti-infective treatment can help producers and veterinarians implement and evaluate the success of their program, which goes hand-inhand with better profitability.
by DTN
2011 June 3
Terry Slusher of Floyd, VA, received a wake-up call several years ago. Slusher sent five steers to a feedlot as part of a commingled truckload in an Extension demonstration project. The Blue Ridge Mountain cattleman expected his calves to be top performers.


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