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Building fences in the bayou ’til the cows come home: Volunteers help rebuild Texas ranches

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Chip, a Texas cattleman, bragged to Jesse Dotterer and the handful of others visiting his Anahuac, Texas, ranch. Years of selective breeding had paid off in the herd he managed with his wife, Jean, and her twin sister, Janet. The cattle were resistant to bayou mosquitoes, suited for the area’s grasses, and […]

Veterinarians work to trace contagious equine metritis

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture is closely working with its partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to perform trace back investigations as part of the nationwide effort to locate, quarantine, test, and treat horses that may have been exposed to stallions that tested positive for contagious equine metritis. Quarter horses and […]

Webcast offers overview of small wind turbines

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Feb. 13 Webcast will offer an overview of small wind turbines. Basics of Farm/Residential Small Wind Turbines is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants just need a computer with Internet access to take part in the program. Go to http://ianrnews.unl.edu/static/0901230.shtml and click on “Meeting Log-in” to participate. For access to the […]

Northeast Ohio meeting will focus on CAUV

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ORWELL, Ohio — There will be a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 regarding recent changes in the Current Agricultural Use Value program. The meeting will be at St. Mary’s Hall in Orwell, Ohio. Larry Gearhardt, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation director of local affairs, will be the guest speaker. He will define the CAUV […]

Association helps markets recover $1.43 million for unpaid livestock

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Action authorized by Livestock Marketing Association’s executive committee, including shouldering a major portion of the legal fees, has helped seven LMA member markets recover approximately $1.43 million from Agriprocessors, Inc., Postville, Iowa. The money is for livestock the markets sold to the firm, but weren’t paid for, before it filed a […]

New apple was 20 years in the making

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — A new, late-ripening apple named WineCrisp, which carries the Vf gene for scab resistance, was developed over the past 20 plus years through classical breeding techniques, not genetic engineering. License to propagate trees will be made available to nurseries through the University of Illinois. Apple scab Being resistant to apple scab is […]

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 […]

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