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by WLJ
2011 July 15
Much has been written in recent months about the need to rebuild the beef cow herd and why it is taking so long to jumpstart herd expansion this time. While the general economic signals for expansion seem to be in place, there are a variety of structural factors at work as well.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Megan Van Emon of Hettinger, ND, has been selected as the recipient of the $1,500 Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship being offered through the American Sheep Industry Association.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
The Cal Poly Bull Test in San Luis Obispo, CA, completed their 50-day weight period on July 9, 2011. The top three bulls for each division are as follows: Ranch, Location, Test ID, Sire, Test Index and Average Daily Gain. Low Birth Angus: Westwind Ranch Angus, Red Bluff, CA, Test ID: 14, Sire: S A V Bismark 5682, Index: 120.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Mark your calendars for the annual 2011 Montana Angus Tour planned for Sept. 21-23, 2011. Montanas annual Angus tour heads to the hi-line for three days of great times, good friends and quality Angus cattle.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
The strongest growth has been in regions with intensive field crops or livestock production, especially the Midwest. The Chicago Federal Reserve reported farmland in its district was 16 percent higher in the first quarter of 2011 than a year earlier, the largest yearover-year increase since 2007.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
A Jackson County native is the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the Iowa Cattlemens Association (ICA). Matt Deppe, who grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near La Motte, will join the ICA on Aug. 1. Deppes appointment was confirmed by the ICA Board of Directors at their July meeting.
2011 July 15
Discussion in New Braunfels, TX, about declines this summer hasnt been limited to conversation about the drought-driven decline in the water level of the Guadalupe River. The river, which courses through the town, attracts thousands annually that challenge the whitewater rapids in kayaks and canoes.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Emergency grazing will be allowed through Sept. 30, 2011. CRP participants in approved counties must contact the local FSA office before turning out cattle. There will be a 25 percent reduction in the annual rental payment for the actual acres grazed. WLJ.
by DTN
2011 July 15
Cow production inputs started to skyrocket, explains Theeck, the veteran central Texas cowman. Thats when I realized to survive in the cattle business, I had to learn to do it with one cow to 10 acres with very little supplement or hay, as opposed to one cow to two or three acres as I was doing before.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Pork exports totaled 181,469 metric tons valued at $481.2 million, an 11 percent jump in volume and 15 percent in value over May 2010 levels. Volume was steady with the April 2011 results while value declined by about 1 percent. Year-todate through May, pork exports were up 16 percent in volume (916,763 metric tons) and 22 percent in value ($2.
by DTN
2011 July 15
Feeding corn stalks, corn hay or corn silage to the herd this year could be akin to poisoning your cows. Given extreme drought conditions across much of cattle country, dryland corn crops are more likely to have high levels of nitrates this year. And the first sign of nitrate poisoning is usually dead cattle.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Tick populations have been high in western Nebraska. It is important to identify ticks if one is found embedded in the skin and to correctly remove ticks to reduce the risk of disease transfer.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
Many articles have been written about the importance of keeping production and financial records in a beef cattle operation. I usually encourage recordkeeping to help increase production efficiency, but records have other uses also. In case you have not heard, Arkansas has had an increase in prevalence of trichomoniasis in beef cattle.
by WLJ
2011 July 15
On Aug. 13-14, a weekend cattle tour focusing on Hereford genetics is being sponsored by Oregon, Washington, and northern Idaho Hereford Association (OWNI) in conjunction with Oregon Hereford Association, Bird Herefords and Harrell Hereford Ranch.
by WLJ
2011 July 14
Frustrated with what some in Congress see as an agency over-reaching its responsibilities, Republican members of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee voted two weeks ago to require that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) complete a full review of the cumulative effects of proposed
by WLJ
2011 July 14
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) continues to lose leaders in the wake of an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the group’s Executive Committee. Last Monday, Tom Jones of Pottsville, AR, resigned his post as CBB chairman, just five months after being elected to the post. His resignation follows CBB CEO Tom Ramey’s, who


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