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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.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Junior Angus enthusiasts and their families should have their calendars marked for the most exciting event of their summer?the 2009 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) set for July 19-25 in Perry, GA. The Georgia Junior Angus and Georgia Angus Associations will host the ?Sweet Southern Showdown? at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Amidst talk of recession and credit becoming extremely difficult to secure, the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA) encourages anyone involved in the sheep and goat industries to take advantage of the NLPA Sheep Goat Fund.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The Sac County Cattlemen, Fort Dodge Animal Health, and the Beef Checkoff helped sponsor a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program Jan. 13 at the feedlot of Kevin and Terri Carstensen outside of Odebolt, IA. A special thank you also goes to JR Pauley and Ullrich Farms for donating a steer for the program.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Calf scours is one of the most frustrating experiences in a cow/calf operation. Actually, ?scours? is just the symptom of a disease that can be caused by many different bacteria and viruses. Adverse environmental factors can also contribute to an outbreak? cold, wet and muddy conditions are the most common culprits.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
The extreme cold and record snowfall in parts of the northern Plains has been hard on cattle and cattle producers this winter. Cold stress increases the energy requirements of cattle, according to Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.
by DTN
2009 February 20
Advocates of wind energy touted the industry?s potential, while highlighting the potential struggles last week, even as the U.S. Senate passed its version of the stimulus bill that would pump billions into wind energy and investments in upgrading the nation?s transmission grid.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
Immigrant labor has always been a contentious issue for farmers and ranchers who do what they can to play by the rules, but sometimes find themselves shorthanded. Even lawmakers have acknowledged that employers aren't experts on immigration laws, nor should they be expected to be; but the problem of finding adequate, timely and legal labor remains.


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