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Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Oct 23, 2015
Molds can form in fields under opportune growing environments (especially very wet weather) as well as during storage and fermenting, such as silage and haylage products. Mycotoxins are the secondary metabolites emitted from molded feedstuffs and can affect any organ system of the body.


Cattle and Beef Markets
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report reflects a host of international economics situations as they play out on the domestic market. Declining demand for U.S. meat is resulting in declining exports and more meat on the domestic market.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officially announced plans on Oct. 8 to build a dairy ingredients plant in Garden City, KS. In a groundbreaking ceremony at its 156-acre site, representatives from the cooperative were joined by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, city and state officials and the area’s dairy farmers.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
The Mansfield Award recipient is Rosemary Mucklow, Director Emeritus and Consultant for the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). Mucklow’s career in the meat industry spans more than 50 years including 25 years (1982-2007) as Executive Director of the National Meat Association.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) that will provide more than 500 member museums and science-technology centers with resources to incorporate agricultural science and research in their programs.


Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Oct 16, 2015
Becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. The checkoff’s BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
For this analysis, it is assumed the purchaser can do a good job of analyzing a bull’s phenotype (physical characteristics) prior to purchase. If a producer does not have the necessary skills to visually evaluate the bull, the producer should either ask for help or purchase from operations or sales with breeding soundness or bull health guarantees.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
At the end of September, following the Sept. 22 listing decision on the sage-grouse, Governor “Butch” Otter of Idaho and his state legislature filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), among other federal agencies and representatives.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
Last week, in the Kay’s Korner column (pg. 2, Oct. 5 issue) included some inaccurate dates when discussing previous examples of extreme cattle market downturns.


Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Oct 9, 2015
Yes, we all can agree that tighter beef supplies from reduced cattle numbers, while exports grew and domestic consumers kept buying, led to amazing cattle prices. Even more amazing, consumers stayed hooked on beef in the face of great buying opportunities for other proteins.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Innovation Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) has joined the sustainable agriculture group Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. CSU is one of eight university members of the Washington, DC-based alliance.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
Each year, about 48 million Americans are sickened by foodborne diseases, and 3,000 die, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One factor that limits widespread testing of foods for toxins that cause food poisoning is the cost of equipment.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Oct 2, 2015
The tumultuous world of water politics continues on despite metaphorically calmer seas. Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule for Clean Water Act reporting. At the same time, members of Congress reviewed the involvement of the Army Corps of Engineers in the notorious Waters of the U.




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