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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.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Unlike most ranchers, Texan Richard Garza Ray no longer looks forward to wide open spaces. The Starr County cattleman stays in his house, where he said there is a loaded gun in every room. He ventures out only when necessary to check cattle and fix fences and water lines cut by those crossing his ranch on foot.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
At a press conference last Tuesday, several agriculture groups stood together with U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, and called for immediate passage of the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The hold-up is costing agricultural trade in financial terms and it is also cutting
2011 May 27
An unusually wet spring across the Northwest this year found many ranchers in Tehama County, CA, putting off branding in hopes of drier weather. But as ranchers waited for the skies to clear, other eyes were also watching, and waiting. With an abundance of slick calves on the ground and cattle prices at unprecedented highs, the opportunity
by WLJ
2011 May 27
The May 1 Cattle on Feed report caught the marketplace off guard two weeks ago, showing a significant backlog of cattle may be ahead this summer. Inventory and placement numbers had been running ahead of year-ago levels for the first four months of the year, a trend that continued through May. According to
by WLJ
2011 May 27
A fiscal year 2012 funding bill approved last Tuesday by the House Agriculture Ap- propriations Subcommittee would not cut the crop insur- ance program as the initial draft seemed to indicate, but many other agriculture, nu- trition and international food aid programs would lose money.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
USDA has updated its recommendation for safely cooking pork, steaks, roasts, and chops. USDA recom- mends cooking all whole cuts of meat to 145 F as mea sured with a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the meat, then allowing the meat to rest for three minutes before carving or consuming.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
Immigration reform returned to the forefront of national discussions last week after President Obamas recent speech at the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, TX. The presidents speech came at a time when California farmers and ranchers are renewing a push for a reliable, legal way to hire foreign agricultural guestworkers.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 75 years. Few have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. The term implant is used to refer to a group of products used in the cattle industry that increase rate of growth.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
Last week, four U.S. senators stepped into the fray over agricultural market reform, introducing legislation which parallels the reforms introduced by USDAs Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIP- SA).


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