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by WLJ
2015 November 20
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), along with the Public Lands Council and 37 additional agriculture groups, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership last week urging Congress to take up legislation addressing expired tax extenders.


2015 November 20
Students passionate about becoming an entrepreneur can apply for scholarships to the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Incoming and current College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students are eligible to apply.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead kicked off the first workshop of the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act (ESA) Initiative earlier this month with a nod to the significance of wildlife in the West and a request to find the best way to employ state expertise to conserve it responsibly.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
ASI has long supported the eradication of scrapie from the U.S. and appreciates the work of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), state animal health officials, markets, dealers, producers, equipment manufacturers and others who have made contributions to the progress that has been made towards eradication.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with calves in blustery fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.


2015 November 20
The U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF’s) annual Strategic Planning Conference concluded earlier this month with the election of a new officer team. Roel Andriessen, who heads the International Sales Group of Tyson Fresh Meats, is the new USMEF Chair.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
Andy White, Ashland, OH, was recently named Champion at the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Eastern Regional Qualifying Event. Franklin County Livestock in Carnesville, GA, hosted the second of three WLAC qualifying events.


2015 November 20
Several cattle and farm organizations last week voiced opposition to a proposed rule that would allow imports of fresh beef into the United States from Namibia, a country in southwest Africa. The concern stems from the presence of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) in nearby regions.


2015 November 20
“Gentlemen, how many of you would be comfortable having your testicles removed without any pain mitigation?” There were some uncomfortable chuckles and crossed legs among the mostly male audience of the 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium last week in Loveland, CO.


2015 November 13
Bringing more than seven years of debate to an end, President Barack Obama on Nov. 6 formally rejected a permit by Canadian energy company TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Because the pipeline crosses a national border, it required federal approval in the form of a presidential permit.


2015 November 13
Keeping a cow herd healthy, especially through the winter months, is vital in order to see positive economic returns. A large focus of health is proper nutrition, and often supplements are needed when grazing forage quality or quantity is not adequate.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) Cattlemen’s College series will kick off its 23rd year Jan. 26-27, 2016 in San Diego, CA. The educational event, sponsored by Zoetis, will feature speakers and live animal demonstrations that give cattlemen and women the tools to connect, learn and innovate.


2015 November 13
Keeping cows in good body condition is a big part of proper development of the fetus and postpartum reproduction, as well as the health and vigor of the calves. Cows should be managed to maintain a body condition score (BCS) of five with the goal for heifers being a BCS of six.


2015 November 13
Any electrical current will deter livestock from drinking from the water tank or bucket. By inserting one end of the voltmeter into the water tank and the other into the ground, you will get a reading that will indicate if there is a problem. Make sure to check this often.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
The board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer, and three first handlers. The secretary of agriculture appoints approximately onethird of all board members each year. — WLJ.


2015 November 13
“It’s not an acute thing with copper—in other words, they’re not going to ingest a bunch of copper and die, that’s not how it works—but copper accumulates in the liver. During a high stress situation, that copper is released or metabolized and that’s what causes copper toxicity.




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