WLJ - News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-news.html Wed, 25 May 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 NM files restraining order over USFWS wolf releases https://wlj.net/article-26-nm-files-restraining-order-over-usfws-wolf-releases.html NM files restraining order over USFWS wolf releases
The State of New Mexico has filed for a temporary restraining order against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to stop the federal agency from releasing more Mexican wolves into the state. The USFWS has so far released two wolves into New Mexico without the state’s permission, and has indicated it plans to release more.


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Bill would change boundary of Oregon wilderness study area https://wlj.net/article-26-bill-would-change-boundary-of-oregon-wilderness-study-area.html Bill would change boundary of Oregon wilderness study area
He went on to say that stricter rules apply to areas with full wilderness designation, but noted, “If there is significant wild land fire ravaging a community, obviously we’re going to do what it takes to both protect firefighters in the area as well as the local community.


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Comment period closes on brucellosis, TB rules https://wlj.net/article-26-comment-period-closes-on-brucellosis-tb-rules.html Comment period closes on brucellosis, TB rules
Last Monday saw comments close on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’) proposed rule change on brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis (TB) management programs. While the proposed rule changes are in part to improve flexibility and state control, cattle industry groups are concerned about some of the shifts being made.


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Limit economic loss in cattle through multi-method fly control https://wlj.net/article-26-limit-economic-loss-in-cattle-through-multi-method-fly-control.html Limit economic loss in cattle through multi-method fly control
The use of back rubbers then came along, and some of the same insecticides used earlier as a spray were now mixed with diesel and applied to homemade burlap rubs. The rubs were located where cattle were forced to use them every day or two. Hanging them across gates.


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Tips on how to prevent fly populations https://wlj.net/article-26-tips-on-how-to-prevent-fly-populations.html Tips on how to prevent fly populations
Joel DeRouchey, Professor in Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, said that from a sanitation standpoint, any manure that is lying around could end up downstream, especially during times of heavy spring rains.


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Be cautious about plants you throw over the fence https://wlj.net/article-26-be-cautious-about-plants-you-throw-over-the-fence.html Be cautious about plants you throw over the fence
There are also several flowers that you would not want to throw over the fence to livestock. For example, Schnakenberg says caladiums, cardinal flowers, and castor beans plants will poison livestock. — University of Missouri Extension.


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Field day emphasizes good land, animal stewardship https://wlj.net/article-26-field-day-emphasizes-good-land-animal-stewardship.html Field day emphasizes good land, animal stewardship
Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension Range Specialist, Uvalde, gave a presentation on stocking rate management and provided information and a practical demonstration on brush management. Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist, Corpus Christi, gave a chute-side demonstration of low-stress cattle handling techniques.


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International Trade Commission report shows economic benefit of TPP https://wlj.net/article-26-international-trade-commission-report-shows-economic-benefit-of-tpp.html International Trade Commission report shows economic benefit of TPP
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report May 18 on the economic benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. economy. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner said this report confirms that TPP not only levels the playing field for U.


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USDA announces $130M available for foundational agricultural research, education, extension projects https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-announces-%2524130m-available-for-foundational-agricultural-research-education-extension-projects.html USDA announces $130M available for foundational agricultural research, education, extension projects
The USDA recently announced that $130 million in funding is available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production.


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Grass founder, fescue toxicity are problems for horses too https://wlj.net/article-26-grass-founder-fescue-toxicity-are-problems-for-horses-too.html Grass founder, fescue toxicity are problems for horses too
Spring is here, and the plants are new and fresh. The pretty, lush grasses that green the countryside are young, tender, and very tasty for a horse. Unfortunately, these young grasses are also low in the fiber that horses need and are high in the soluble carbohydrates that can upset the sensitive microbiotic balance in a horse’s gut.


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FDA issues rule for data collection of antimicrobial sales and distribution categorized by animal species https://wlj.net/article-26-fda-issues-rule-for-data-collection-of-antimicrobial-sales-and-distribution-categorized-by-animal-species.html FDA issues rule for data collection of antimicrobial sales and distribution categorized by animal species
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule on May 10 that revises its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in animals intended for human consumption or food-producing animals.


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Grazing distribution is key to maximizing forage uptake and range health https://wlj.net/article-26-grazing-distribution-is-key-to-maximizing-forage-uptake-and-range-health.html Grazing distribution is key to maximizing forage uptake and range health
As South Dakota ranchers begin turning cattle out to grass this spring, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Range Management Field Specialist Sean Kelly reminds ranchers that proper livestock grazing distribution is key to maximizing forage uptake, range health and ultimately dollars per acre of forage.


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Percentage of mature weight at puberty in heifers https://wlj.net/article-26-percentage-of-mature-weight-at-puberty-in-heifers.html Percentage of mature weight at puberty in heifers
For years, the accepted target weight for yearling replacement beef heifers at breeding was 65 percent of their mature weight. Recently that target has been questioned. Oklahoma State University reproductive physiologists have studied the weight that beef heifers reach puberty in relationship to their eventual mature weight.


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The post-AI nutrition slump https://wlj.net/article-26-the-post-ai-nutrition-slump.html The post-AI nutrition slump
In many Midwestern beef herds, the beginning of breeding season coincides with green grass. As such, many producers have a tradition of estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) followed by immediately moving heifers and cows from the winter drylot to fresh spring pasture.


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Research shows tightening fiscal farm conditions https://wlj.net/article-26-research-shows-tightening-fiscal-farm-conditions.html Research shows tightening fiscal farm conditions
The 2016 Spring Ag Lender Survey shows the current financial conditions are taking a downturn due to an expected increase in nonperforming loans and land devaluations that are causing land leasing issues.


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Ellington Peek recognized by Shasta Historical Society https://wlj.net/article-26-ellington-peek-recognized-by-shasta-historical-society.html Ellington Peek recognized by Shasta Historical Society
The Shasta Historical Society in Redding, CA, recently recognized Ellington Peek, owner of the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard and Western Video Market (WVM) in Cottonwood, CA. The program, “Ellington Peek: The man behind the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard,” highlighted his impact on the surrounding community and on the national livestock market.


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Massive GE crops report finds few adverse effects https://wlj.net/article-26-massive-ge-crops-report-finds-few-adverse-effects.html Massive GE crops report finds few adverse effects
found no conclusive evidence of cause-and-effect relationships between GE crops and environmental problems. However, the complex nature of assessing long-term environmental changes often made it difficult to reach definitive conclusions,” the committee pointed out in the report’s summary.


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College students earn Heifer Link yearlings https://wlj.net/article-26-college-students-earn-heifer-link-yearlings.html College students earn Heifer Link yearlings
“The goal of this program is to help aspiring ranchers develop an equity position in a ranching operation. Not only do these students leave college owning livestock, but the student herd here is also a very effective teaching tool while students are enrolled at NCTA,” says Dean Ron Rosati.


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Researcher’s work could lead to your next juicy steak https://wlj.net/article-26-researcher%25E2%2580%2599s-work-could-lead-to-your-next-juicy-steak.html Researcher’s work could lead to your next juicy steak
But in a time when the public seems to search for cuts of meat with the least amount of fat, finding meat with just the right combination of leanness and flavor can become quite the quest. An expert at Texas Tech University, however, is part of a study that might have found the answer.


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Recordkeeping influences beef producers’ profits https://wlj.net/article-26-recordkeeping-influences-beef-producers%25E2%2580%2599-profits.html Recordkeeping influences beef producers’ profits
Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University (K-State) Livestock Economist and co-author of the “Analysis of 2010-2014 Kansas Farm Management Association Cow/calf Enterprise,” along with co-authors Youngjune Kim and Kevin Herbel, analyzed the differences between low-, medium- and high-profit cow/ calf producers.


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Rancher David and friends defeat EPA Goliath https://wlj.net/article-26-rancher-david-and-friends-defeat-epa-goliath.html Rancher David and friends defeat EPA Goliath
Last Monday, the years-long case involving Johnson’s Wyoming stock pond—built in 2012 with the permitted blessing of the state yet claimed by the EPA to have violated the Clean Water Act—ended in a settlement.


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Westerners sound alarms on BLM’s planning regs changes https://wlj.net/article-26-westerners-sound-alarms-on-blm%25E2%2580%2599s-planning-regs-changes.html Westerners sound alarms on BLM’s planning regs changes
Few topics are as spellbinding as a discussion about the BLM’s land use planning regulations. Well… perhaps “spellbinding” isn’t the word. But the BLM’s recently proposed revisions to the planning process should have westerners on the edge of their seats.


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HSUS forms National Ag Advisory Council https://wlj.net/article-26-hsus-forms-national-ag-advisory-council.html HSUS forms National Ag Advisory Council
Nebraska farmer and livestock producer Kevin Fulton serves as Chairman of the council and said, “I am proud to serve alongside the distinguished farmers and ranchers for the HSUS’ National Agriculture Advisory Council. These individuals are proven leaders who represent the face of humane and sustainable agriculture in this country.


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Threatened Oregon spotted frog receives designated habitat https://wlj.net/article-26-threatened-oregon-spotted-frog-receives-designated-habitat.html Threatened Oregon spotted frog receives designated habitat
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently finalized critical habitat designations for the Oregon spotted frog. The area designated includes approximately 65,038 acres and 20.34 river miles, according to a press release from USFWS.


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Test water quality before livestock turnout https://wlj.net/article-26-test-water-quality-before-livestock-turnout.html Test water quality before livestock turnout
Recent spring rains have been welcome to North Dakota and other farmers and ranchers across the country following a fall and winter of below-average precipitation. However, water quality in ponds and dugouts still may be compromised by concentrated levels of salts, minerals, and bacteria.


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Financing for farm storage and handling equipment https://wlj.net/article-26-financing-for-farm-storage-and-handling-equipment.html Financing for farm storage and handling equipment
USDA will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) at a recent meeting in Columbus, OH.


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Hay bales are an investment worth protecting https://wlj.net/article-26-hay-bales-are-an-investment-worth-protecting.html Hay bales are an investment worth protecting
Hay quality is a key component to animal performance and proper hay storage is a key component to hay quality, Hall said. Hay loss can be expected, even under a barn, so mitigation and risk management are the keys to protecting as much of your investment as possible.


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Iowa meat mission to Southeast Asia investigates market opportunities for U.S. beef https://wlj.net/article-26-iowa-meat-mission-to-southeast-asia-investigates-market-opportunities-for-us-beef.html Iowa meat mission to Southeast Asia investigates market opportunities for U.S. beef
The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) recently participated in an Iowa meat trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia. Iowa beef representatives on the mission included Janine Moore, beef farmer from What Cheer, IA, and Chris Freland, Executive Director of IBIC.


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Horse quarantine in Nebraska lifted https://wlj.net/article-26-horse-quarantine-in-nebraska-lifted.html Horse quarantine in Nebraska lifted
“The horses at Fonner Parker were quarantined for 21 days where they were monitored closely. During that time, no further cases were confirmed so the quarantine has been lifted,” said Hughes.


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AFBF: Farmers want to control their own data https://wlj.net/article-26-afbf-farmers-want-to-control-their-own-data.html AFBF: Farmers want to control their own data
Farmers and ranchers want to control the information their equipment collects every time it passes through a field, a survey released last week by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) shows. Farmers also believe that creating a cooperative-style central repository for their data is the best way to enhance its security and maximize its value.


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