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by WLJ
2010 September 24
Forage analysis can be a useful tool to remove some of the mystery concerning the hay that producers will feed this winter. Testing the grass hays this year for protein and energy content will help the producer design winter supplementation programs most appropriate for the forage supply that is available.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
The North Dakota Stockmens Association (NDSA) will recognize Effertz Key Ranch of Velva, ND, and the Gerald Pat and Loretta Effertz family as North Dakotas Ranchers of the Year during the associations annual convention and trade show Sept. 23-25 at the Holiday Inn in Minot, ND.
by DTN
2010 September 24
One minute past midnight, Dec. 31, 2010, the amount of taxes your heirs will pay goes from zero to a top rate of 55 percent. Would that be enough of a tax bill to drop the ax on the farm as family members are forced to sell a lifetime of work off in pieces to pay Uncle Sam?.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
Free webinars: Four cattle lectures, two for horse owners, one soil seminar and one human health-focused webinars are scheduled over the next few months. Join industry leaders live from the comfort of your own home as they present information and answer questions from all over the country.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
All individuals interested in converting Utah junipers, pinyon pines, and other woody biomass into a usable product should mark their calendars for Oct. 18, 2010. The equipment demonstrations will provide landowners, contractors, agency personnel and biomass purchasers the opportunity to view the material as it is changed into a transportable product.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
Two good tips for preventing Johnes disease on dairy farms: Use stainless steel water troughs and add chlorine to the water. Thats according to Kim Cook, an Agricultural Research Service microbiologist at the agencys Animal Waste Management Research Unit in Bowling Green, KY.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
Producers need to watch for it, said K-State Research and Extension veterinarian Larry Hollis. It occurs almost exclusively in adult cattlenot calves. The most frequent observation is sudden death, even though it actually takes a few days from the time signs first appear until death occurs.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said the approval of The Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 (S. 3656) Sept. 15, 2010, by the U.S. House of Representatives will continue to encourage transparency in the marketplace.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
A producer-led Federation Structure Working Group, appointed by Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation) Chairman Scott George and Vice Chairman David Dick, met in Denver, CO, Aug. 30-31. The group consists of seven regional vice presidents, Federation directors and beef council executives from 10 states.
by DTN
2010 September 24
The index aims to take the pulse of the agricultural economy. Its based on a survey of 500 producers picked at random to reflect the demographic makeup of the 2007 USDA Ag Census. The survey is conducted three times a yearbefore planting, before harvest, and at years end.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
As an animal is harvested, its body draws on stored reserves of energy (sugar) to create lactic acid in the muscles, he explains. That slight decline in alkalinity (decrease in pH) sets up the meat to react with oxygen to show the bright, cherry-red color beef consumers are accustomed to.
by WLJ
2010 September 17
Environmental activist groups Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians won a lawsuit last week against the Bureau of Land Management which will have a significant impact on public land ranchers. The suit stems from a 2007 Freedom of Information Act which the two environmental groups submitted to gain access to private
by WLJ
2010 September 17
The health of the nation’s livestock is at risk because of weaknesses in the U.S. system for quarantining imported animals, according to a report issued last week by USDA’s Inspector General (IG). The IG’s audit found problems with 53 of the 131 shipments selected for review at
by WLJ
2010 September 17
It has come to our attention that a renewal subscription scam is being sent to Western Livestock Journal subscribers. The company which is fraudulently soliciting renewals is going by Publishers, Magazine, Circulation Billing Services, or similar names, and located in Reno, NV. They are not authorized to handle our renewal efforts
by WLJ
2010 September 17
The U.S. Senate last week failed twice to block the implementation of a 1099 filing requirement which will force small businesses to report any transactions with a single vendor totaling more than $600 in a single year. The reporting requirement was enacted as part of the massive health care overhaul and is set to go into effect starting Jan.


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