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Monitoring lameness to promote timely culling
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Profit margin forecasts for cow-calf producers and feeders have been on the rise. These forecasts, combined with the need to grow the national cow herd, challenges all producers to make critical decisions about retaining cows or selling them to capture record-high prices, according to Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State University Extension livestock stewardship extension associate.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - - News

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NSIP genetic tool helps producers make breeding decisions
The National Sheep Improvement Program is a quantitative genetic selection tool designed to help sheep and goat producers make good breeding decisions, according to Reid Redden, North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep specialist.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - - News

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CAB offers Kosher brand extension
Anyone who has ever had to follow a special diet — for medical reasons, weight loss or otherwise — knows how restrictive it can seem.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Compare cash price to futures for fed cattle basis
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Early in the year, a common marketing practice among cattle producers is to take a look at livestock basis levels, explains Matthew Diersen, South Dakota State University Extension risk and business management specialist. “You never know when subtle changes can derail price expectations. The focus here is on fed cattle basis, which has a strong seasonal pattern. The most common way to look at fed cattle basis is to compare a monthly cash price for a given market to the nearby futures price. Basis equals the cash price minus the futures price,” Diersen says.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - - News

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Comparing EPD values assists in finding good sires
Focusing on five traits within the Red Angus breed — birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, marbling score and rib-eye area — the Dickinson (N.D.) Research Extension Center has set a goal that the average value for herd sire expected progeny differences (EPDs) should meet or exceed the Red Angus breed average EPD values.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Implementation of farm bill livestock disaster programs to be expedited
Ranchers in the Dakotas and other areas who experienced losses from winter weather will get disaster assistance faster because President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement the livestock disaster programs in the farm bill within 60 days, rather than the usual six to eight months.
Friday, February, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Thune: Ranchers could get blizzard payments in April
Ranchers could have checks as soon as April from farm bill disaster programs that will pay ranchers for livestock losses from the October blizzard and the 2012 drought, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday.
Thursday, February, 13, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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VIDEO: Conception up, feed cost down
University of Wyoming's livestock extension specialist, Scott Lake, discusses the management practices necessary to get better conception rates in beef cattle today, ultimately leading to an increase in quality cattle numbers.
Tuesday, February, 11, 2014 - - News

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FDA to ban antibiotics for growth
Food and Drug Administration rules that would ban feeding low-dosage antibiotics for promoting growth in livestock are three years away, but veterinarians say farmers are preparing for the inevitable.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Oats a crop to release
Oats are just another crop to get rid of now, along with every other grain. Now millers are dropping their price for oat products to their customers as the end users see the drop in farmgate levels and are starting to re-open standing contracts.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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From hay fields to Harvard
When I was a young high school graduate, the thought of going to an expensive eastern Ivy League school never even crossed my mind. If it had crossed my mind, I’m sure I’d have chased the thought away from our modest and mortgaged ranch.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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US cattle numbers at 63-year low
CHICAGO — Three years after the worst dry spell on record for Texas, fourth-generation rancher Stayton Weldon still doesn’t have enough water for his 300 cattle near Cuero, about 89 miles southeast of San Antonio. Dry grass on his 2,600 acres has no nutrition. He has lost 22 cows and two bulls in the past year.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Bloomberg News - News

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Scientists use technology to create superior carcasses
Raising cattle that achieve top rankings in both yield and quality grade is no simple task — in fact, only 0.03 percent of the fed beef population in the U.S. makes the coveted Prime Yield Grade 1 carcass.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - - News

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A sigh of relief: Farm bill signed into law
On Feb. 7, President Barack Obama signed a long-awaited five-year farm bill — the Agricultural Act of 2014 — in a ceremony at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Friday, February, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Spirits high at stock show
Strong cattle markets made for an excellent mood at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D., as well as a spirit of camaraderie in coming together in the midst of a cold winter that started with a devastating blizzard.
Friday, February, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Grabbing the bull by the EPDs
The act of purchasing a bull is turning more and more into an exact science. With advancements in modern technology — especially in the world of genetics and expected progeny difference — producers are faced with the task of keeping up with changes in an agriculture industry that always quick to change.
Friday, February, 07, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Speaker recalls humanitarian trip to Afghanistan
On Scott Gottschalk’s first day in Kabul, Afghanistan, he encountered his first dust storm. A red haze blotted out the sun in the city of 7.5 million and left a terrible taste in his mouth. Kabul is the largest city in the world without a sewer system and the dust tests out at 27 percent fecal material.
Thursday, February, 06, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Coyote control measures impractical for farms
While the coyote catalog might seem like a practical solution for both landowners and hunters, there are unintended consequences that result from using lethal control measures on coyote populations.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Leading exporter Australia battles drought
It’s two months into the Australian summer and many sugarcane growers and ag producers there need rain badly, a sugarcane industry official says.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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SD company promotes ‘Hay Manager’ to raise efficiency
If you’re involved with production livestock and care about efficiency, Andy Lacey says he has a product for you. “We help farmers succeed by becoming more efficient,” Lacey says of the Hay Manager, which reduces waste and mold by storing hay bales off the ground. “This can pay for itself in a year.”
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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