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by DTN
2009 November 20
Grim financials for dairy and pork producers were casting a pall over proceedings of the National Agricultural Bankers Conference in San Antonio, TX, last week. For the first time in 25 years, sessions were concentrating on topics such as organizing loan workouts, handling bankruptcies, and stresstesting loan portfolios.
by WLJ
2009 November 20
Superior Livestock Auction, Inc. is under new ownership. Superior Livestock is now owned by SLAI, LLC which is a wholly owned entity of Farm Credit West, ACA. Farm Credit West is a strong supporter of the livestock industry and is proud to be the new owner of Superior Livestockthe largest livestock auction company in the U.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
The pace of corn harvest improved last week as drier weather has allowed farmers in some states to get back to the business of harvest. However, the progress still lags behind previous years and there is a chance that additional weather delays in the week ahead could further delay completion.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
Though California is often viewed as an oasis by those outside the Golden State, farmers and ranchers who earn a living in the agricultural wonderland know that it is not always paradise as water for crops, livestock and an increasing population is a hard bill to fit.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
Last week, Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow jumped into the debate over food safety by introducing a sweeping set of reforms which would trace all the way back to the farmer or rancher who produced the food. Senate Bill 2758 (S.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, said she plans to propose legislation that would, among other things, create an Office of Humane Slaughter within USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
by WLJ
2009 November 13
The fall breeding season is about to begin. Herds that aim for a Sept. 1 first calving date will turn bulls out in the latter part of November.While conducting a research trial several years ago, I was collecting data on the ability of a bull to breed synchronized cows. The bull (being observed) was mature and had been successfully used in the past. Also, he had passed a breeding soundness exam.
by DTN
2009 November 13
The unseasonably wet and cool fall may leave dairy producers scrambling to find their supplies of dairy-quality hay for winter.Just as farmers have struggled to get row crops out of the field because of the rain and snow this fall, alfalfa growers also have found it difficult to get their last cuttings of alfalfa dried and put up, especially with the quality needed for dairy cattle, according to Dr.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
Ken Bieber, Onida, SD, Jack Orr, Granby, CO, Frank Rodgers, Buhl, ID, and Tom Shaw, Caldwell, ID, were all inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2 in Kansas City, MO, during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
A western states tradition began in 1969 at Chadron, NE. That is when and where the first Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) was held. Since then, the event has been held every other year.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
Today, most dairymen and stockmen realize that cattle have established requirements for several mineral elements. Animals require these minerals because each element participates in one or more of the chemical functions that keep the body operating and producing normally.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
Body condition scoring uses a numerical value to estimate energy on fat reserves. The values range from 1 to 9. Cows in the lower numbers have less energy stores and are considered skinny. Cows with BCS scores of 4, 5 or 6 are average, and the cows in 7, 8 and 9 range can be easily recognized as fat.
by WLJ
2009 November 13
Maintaining our cows through the various stages of pregnancy, especially through the winter months, has some unique challenges, especially when feeding low quality forages. A forage is considered low in quality when it has digestible energy of less than 1 Mcal/lb.
2009 November 6
Farmers and ranchers won’t be required for at least a year to report livestock manure as greenhouse gas emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanks to the efforts of Reps. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Tom Latham, R-IA. The Senate version of the Interior & Environment Appropriations Act of FY2010 excluded a provision
2009 November 6
As fall roundups get into full swing and cattle begin to come in off summer ranges, ranchers in some areas may need to look closely and make sure their cattle are all present. Whether the result of a bad economy or simple greed, livestock theft seems to be a growing problem in many western


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