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by WLJ
2009 October 30
The prolonged wet weather is causing calf scours to become a problem in fallborn calves, according to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Scours is a broad, descriptive term referring to diarrhea. Its not a specific disease with a specific cause, but rather a clinical sign of a disease complex with many possible causes.
by WLJ
2009 October 30
Now is the most perfect time to think entrepreneurially and to start some sort of small business, because there are opportunities now, said a University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) Extension educator.
by WLJ
2009 October 30
Beef producers are increasingly finding their industries under attack from all angles, including misinformed national media articles, and environmental and nutrition activism.
by WLJ
2009 October 30
Feed accounts for 65 percent to 80 percent of total beef production costs. With grain prices at their highest levels ever, finding a way to lower those costs is important to cattle producers. Feed management practices go only so far, however. A more promising tool for cattle producers is genetic selection for improved feed efficiency.
by DTN
2009 October 30
The U.S. beef industry is renewing its push to get USDA to act on a years-old request to use irradiation on beef carcasses to kill harmful pathogens such as E.coli bacteria.
by WLJ
2009 October 30
Cattle producers have a new tool to help them develop a marketing strategy, thanks to the work of livestock economists working with the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension.
by WLJ
2009 October 30
Corn crop residue is practical for feeding dry, gestating beef cows in mid-gestation providing they have average or better body condition. Managed correctly, one acre of corn residue can yield up to 60 animal unit grazing days (60 days of grazing for a 1,000-pound animal).
by WLJ
2009 October 30
At the recent Century Farm Ranch Ceremony, 17 farms and two ranches from 11 counties were inducted as century farms, and Steve Gilbert of Gilbert Ranches in Linn County and Samuel Dement of Dement Ranch in Curry County were honored at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, bringing the total number of Oregon century farms and ranches to 1,101.
by WLJ
2009 October 30
Within the last year, many uncertainties have sprouted in the beef industry. Two major areas important to the future survival and success of the beef industry are potential governmental policy changes affecting beef production systems and beef pricing.
by WLJ
2009 October 30
Artificial insemination (AI) techniques that work well with cattle and swine can be difficult or costly to perform in sheep, but helps on the way, thanks to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) studies in Fort Collins, CO.
by WLJ
2009 October 30
Despite the economy of the beef industry, the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) reports growth during the last fiscal year. During 2008-2009, the association had an increase in total animal registrations and new memberships.
2009 October 30
The Idaho Fish Game Department (IFG) has decided to shut down three of 12 wolf hunting zones because hunters in those zones are reaching their quotas. The department is allowing for a total of 220 wolves to be killed across the state, but the three zones are approaching the states legal limits.
by WLJ
2009 October 23
Last Wednesday, President Obama signed the 2010 Agricultural Appropriations bill into law to fund USDA spending next year. The bill provides $23.5 billion in discretionary spending, $2.7 billion more than the 2009 bill and $325 million more than the presidents request.
by WLJ
2009 October 23
For the first time in a year-and-a-half, the number of cattle on feed in the U.S. increased from prior-year levels. USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported that there are 10.5 million head on feed as of Oct. 1, an increase of 1 percent from the same date last year.
by WLJ
2009 October 23
Jack Maddux of Wauneta, NE, received the 32nd annual National Golden Spur Award from the Ranching Heritage Association in Lubbock, TX. The award was given in recognition of his contributions to the livestock and ranching industries and his contributions to improving the land and natural resources.
by WLJ
2009 October 23
Twenty-three home cooks showed their sizzle for beef in the South Dakota (SD) CattleWomens 2009 Beef Cook-Off held recently at the South Dakota State Fair. Through eight hours of the contest, home cooks broiled, baked, grilled and saut%u9964 beef vying for $2,000 in top prizes made possible by the SD Beef Checkoff and the SD Beef Industry Council.
by WLJ
2009 October 23
A reco record-setting 17 pro- ducers and feeders received the prest prestigious GridMaster Award at the National Red Angus Convention in Mah- nomen, MN, Sept. 16-19. The GridMaster Gri Award rec- ognizes producers and feed- ers owning cattle that meet and exceed ex strict carcass quality specifications.
by WLJ
2009 October 23
Over the past 30 years, Gill Red Angus grew and became established as a reputable seedstock source. As the number of registered Red Angus expanded, the Gills began phasing out their commercial operation, allowing them more time to focus on raising quality bulls and elite females.
by WLJ
2009 October 23
Joe and Connie Mushrush, Mushrush Red Angus, Strong City, KS, received the 2009 Red Angus Breeder of the Year Award at the National Red Angus Convention in Mahnomen, MN, Sept. 16-19. Frank Wedel of Leoti, KS, fellow Red Angus breeder, presented the award to the Mushrushes.


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