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5 Trending Headlines: Are farmers to blame for daylight saving time? PLUS: Animal disease traceability now in full effect
From animal disease traceability, to continued strength in beef demand to myths about daylight saving time (hint—it’s not farmers’ fault), here’s a rundown of news to keep you up to date.
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Beef organizations agree on beef checkoff enhancements

It appears that improvements to the national $1-per-head beef checkoff program are coming closer to reality with a March 13 announcement that seven national organizations, members of the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group (BCEWG), signed a revised memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding agreed-upon enhancements to the national beef checkoff program.

Where BVD persistent infection is concerned, it only takes one
Catching and preventing persistent infection with bovine viral diarrhea in your herd starts with a biosecurity mindset.
6 Trending Headlines: Will this El Niño be enough?; PLUS: What your vet looks for in a bull
Spring is just around the corner. Here is some news you can use on what to expect for spring rains, plus what you can do to get your pastures ready.
BEEF readers aim to harvest more hay in 2015 than in the past
Exclusive survey of BEEF readers indicates that respondents aim to harvest more hay in 2015 than in the past.
6 trending headlines: The cost of skinny cows; Plus, is a megadrought looming?
Almost all producers have, at some time or another, battled drought. Are the droughts of the past few years just a warm-up for what’s yet to come?
Move over, corn silage; forage sorghums have arrived
In water-short areas, forage sorghums show promise as a replacement for corn silage for beef producers.
Is sexed semen the next reproductive standard?
Reproductive technology in beef cattle is advancing by leaps and bounds. Is your management prepared to take advantage of it?
5 Trending Headlines: Tips for re-warming cold-stressed calves; plus union dockworkers back at work
The first day of spring is still about a month away, and it looks like Old Man Winter isn’t going to go without a fight. Check out these tips for re-warming new calves, plus other headlines that made the news you can use.
Grazing Improvement Act update is a win for federal lands grazing 1
The 113th session of Congress, which concluded at the end of 2014, was generally regarded as a lesson in dysfunctional government. However, for ranchers grazing cattle on federal lands in the West, there was some good news.
7 Trending Headlines: BSE rears its ugly head; and old rules of thumb can be misleading
The news has been wide ranging, capped by the announcement that Canada has discovered another case of BSE. But that’s not all the news that affects you. From animal welfare to wins and losses in court, the news has been varied and interesting.
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Angus convention to explore impact of genomics
International genomics symposium will update cattle producers on advancements in technology
6 Trending Headlines: UNL stands behind MARC research, PLUS: California high school achieves nearly 100% FFA enrollment
The annual Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio drew to a close Saturday with strong support behind both the current beef checkoff and efforts to enhance and increase the program going forward.
CattleFax: Better weather, continued strong feeder prices on tap for 2015
While we may never see a market like 2014 for a very long time, if ever, the outlook for cow-calf producers remains positive, according to CattleFax.
Rabobank report: Confinement or semi-confinement cow-calf production is feasible
Cow-calf production is changing and evolving, and production methods that even a few years ago might not have been considered are now worth a second look. One of those is confined or semi-confined cow-calf production, according to a Rabobank report.

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