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by WLJ
2009 February 20
The Legislature had voted last year to allow the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to craft new rules which would better protect wildlife and public health, but now that the rules have been released, landowners and gas developers are crying foul.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Rendering plants across the nation are preparing for implementation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration?s (FDA) Enhanced Feed Ban regulation set to go into effect April 27. The regulation, which will be immediately enforceable, will require a complete clearing of prohibited materials from the supply pipeline before that date.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Considerable research with a nematode that destroys female ovaries and a pupal parasite that killed the pupae was conducted in Nebraska, but neither proved effective enough to be employed for control. The insecticides recommended for control of horn flies will also control face flies.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Only 5 percent of parasites live in cattle, which means 95 percent of parasites are on pastures. That is why Dr. Bert Stromberg, parasitologist and professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, says a parasite control program also can help reduce parasite burdens on pastures.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Groups seeking a preliminary injunction against a California state law which bans any species of non-ambulatory livestock from being slaughtered at federallyinspected plants may get an answer soon, according to industry sources.
by DTN
2009 February 20
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Bart Chilton is endorsing a bill that would strengthen CFTC?s regulatory powers, but Chilton says he believes CFTC should have authority to launch criminal investigations. CFTC regulates the grain, meat and financial futures exchanges in Chicago, New York, Kansas City and Minneapolis.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Indiana ethanol plants could produce enough of a livestock feed ingredient for Hoosier farmers to feed their animals three times over, a Purdue University study suggests. Dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) is made from the leftover parts of the corn kernel in the ethanol production process.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) recognized Robin Mead, Mid- vville, GA, as the 2008 Na- ttional Poll-ette of the Year. For her contributions to the Hereford breed, youth and the NOP, Mead was bestowed with this honor Jan. 15 at the 2009 National Western Stock Show.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
In a move which company officials say is in no way related to the country?s economic downturn, Smithfield Foods recently announced that it would be instituting a restructuring plan which involves the closure of six pork processing plants.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
A bill sponsored by Sen. Tom White of District 8 in Omaha, NE, will change the Property Tax Credit Act which has recently given farmers and ranchers across the state a break in real estate taxes. Legislative Bill (LB) 13 would take the property tax relief from the agricultural sector and give it to homeowners.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Temple Grandin, a well- known animal handling expert and Colorado State University animal science professor, has teamed up with California-based Niman Ranch to audit and endorse the company?s claims of humane and sustainable production in its beef and pork operations.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
High shedders within a truckload at slaughter could be a target for mitigation strategies to reduce the probability of preevisceration carcass contamination, a study by Kansas State University has found. To quantify associations at slaughter between E.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
A bill titled the ?Wild Bison Recovery and Conservation Act,? which sought to transfer management of bison in Montana from the Department of Livestock (DOL) to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP), was recently killed in committee by a vote of 10-8.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The spring 2009 Hereford sire summary is now available in print and online at Hereford.org. The new summary includes detailed listings on 2,053 sires to help producers make informed buying, breeding and other management decisions.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
What began as a dream of South Dakota rodeo supporters in 1989 will become a reality this June with the completion of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center located in the Maynard and Mattie Goff-Newcombe Building in Fort Pierre.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Heat detection efficiency (rate) is defined as the percentage of eligible cows that are actually seen or detected in heat. Several methods of calculating the efficiency with which heat is detected are available. A detection rate of 80 to 85 percent should be achievable.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), in a joint venture with the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, sponsored a major beef promotion in Washington, D.C., at the NBC 4 Health Fitness Expo Jan. 10-11, 2009.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The horse slaughter issue was back on the table earlier this month as public officials at both the state and federal level worked at cross purposes to deal with the swelling numbers of unwanted horses in the U.S. On Feb. 12, Congressmen Nick Rahall, D-WV, and Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, introduced legislation which would block the U.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Many producers choose to purchase rather than raise replacement cows for several different reasons. While the initial cost is often the main selection criterion, it should not be the only consideration and is not necessarily the most important. Special replacement sales and local auction barns are the most common sources of replacement cows.


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