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Open wide: Tooth abscesses are very common in alpacas and llamas

Monday, January 26, 2009

With spitting accuracy like a sniper, alpacas and llamas use their mouths for more than chewing. But unfortunately, “tooth abscesses are very common,” said Varsha Ramoutar, a resident in the Farm Animal Reproductive Medicine and Surgery section at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Depending on the sex, llamas and alpacas have 30 […]

Feb. 11 meeting covers all angles of land protection

Sunday, January 25, 2009

PENINSULA, Ohio — The Countryside Conservancy, in collaboration with Western Reserve RC&D, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Hiram College Center for the Study of Nature and Society, will present a land protection resource meeting Feb. 11. The meeting runs 6-9 p.m. at the Hiram College Kennedy Center Ballroom, located at 11730 […]

Beef, pork exports exceed 2007 pace

Saturday, January 24, 2009

DENVER — Red meat exports continued their strong pace through November, with pork up 20 percent and beef up 9 percent (including variety meat) compared to November 2007. For the first 11 months of 2008, pork and pork variety meat exports were 61 percent larger than 2007, nearing the 2 million metric ton mark; 2008 […]

Exhibition offers sweeping history of the horse

Saturday, January 24, 2009

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Carnegie Museum of Natural History will display the acclaimed exhibition The Horse, an in-depth look that showcases spectacular fossils, models, dioramas and cultural objects from around the world, Feb. 28 through May 24. The exhibition also shows how horses have influenced civilization and major changes in warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports and […]

New bill promotes biogas production through tax credits

Friday, January 23, 2009

WASHINGTON — Billions of gallons of fossil fuels could be reduced through renewable energy sources produced from animal waste with a little ingenuity and modest government support. A group of seven bipartisan U.S. senators, including Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, have introduced groundbreaking legislation that promotes the development of biogas — a natural gas substitute […]

Top Angus brings $75,000 at Denver sale

Friday, January 23, 2009

Angus enthusiasts consigned 27 lots to the 2009 National Western Angus bull sale Jan. 15 in Denver, Colo. The annual sale, which is the only sale managed by the American Angus Association, averaged $9,159. A panel of five judges including Rick Blanchard, Firebaugh, Calif.; Scott Bush, Britton, S.D.; John Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio; Mike McGuire, Waverly, […]

Try frost seeding to renovate pastures

Friday, January 23, 2009

Frost seeding is viewed as a low-cost method for livestock producers looking to renovate pastures while increasing yields and improving quality with little commercial nitrogen. Frost seeding involves broadcasting a grass or legume seed over a pasture and letting the natural freeze/thaw cycles of late winter and early spring move the seed into good contact […]

Tips on talking to creditors when you can’t pay your bills

Friday, January 23, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Don’t wait for your creditors to call you about unpaid bills. Instead contact them to explain your situation, said University of Illinois Extension consumer and family economics educator Lois Smith. “Rather than begin expensive collection procedures, most creditors would prefer to receive smaller payments on a regular basis,” Smith said. She noted […]

You better know your production costs for 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

By MIKE DUFFY Estimating costs of crop production for 2009 will be extremely difficult. Some farmers have received forwarding pricing, some set a quantity only and still others will use the spot market. The price consequences of these decisions are substantial. Foreign competition for material, the current U.S. financial crises, the energy price situation and […]

Electricity generation, sales set records

Thursday, January 22, 2009

WASHINGTON — Electricity generation and electricity sales reached record levels in 2007, according to Electric Power Annual 2007, released by the Energy Information Administration. Following a year of relatively weak growth in 2006, net generation of electric power increased by 2.3 percent, rising to 4,157 million megawatthours and retail sales rose by 2.6 percent to […]

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