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Health and nutrition go hand in hand

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, etc. are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything. FULL STORY »

13th annual Animal Ag Summit "Cracking the Millennial Code"

Menu analysts, trend spotters, brand strategists and researchers will comprise a panel on food trends at the upcoming 13th annual Stakeholders Summit, the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced. FULL STORY »

Exports: Corn sales set 10-week low…again

Corn net sales dropped to yet another 10-week low, marking the second third consecutive week the USDA has reported a decline in corn sales. FULL STORY »

Export market expansion through 2014 Farm Bill programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products. FULL STORY »

CME trading outage showed that man can still match the machine

Just over a week ago, CME Group Inc suffered the worst-ever trading outage on the world's most important agricultural markets, plunging electronic screens into darkness and sending dozens of traders scrambling for Chicago's famous but now often deserted trading "pits." FULL STORY »

Livestock markets lagged crop futures in early Thursday action

Corn traders are awaiting the Export Sales report. The corn market declined in response to weather forecasts conducive to accelerated spring plantings Wednesday, then bounced slightly overnight. FULL STORY »

This Week in Petroleum: Activities spending on the rise

Annual reports by oil and natural gas companies show that spending on exploration and development activities increased by 5% ($18 billion) in 2013, while spending on property acquisition continued to decline by $17 billion. Total upstream spending was relatively flat after a period of strong growth (averaging 11% per year) from 2000 to 2012. FULL STORY »

Beef Herd Expansion: More fencing, choose supplies carefully

Wood prices are predicted to reach record highs by the end of 2014. This is due to timber-supply shortages related to environmental factors such as heavy rainfall. The increasing demand for wood products as the economy and housing markets begin to recover also plays a large part in rising prices. With low supply and increasing demand, the wood product industry and its consumers are facing price hikes on wood everywhere. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Grass tetany, causes and prevention

Grass growth is starting and one potential problem that can be encountered early in the grazing season by livestock is grass tetany, sometimes called grass staggers. Grass tetany is caused by a low blood magnesium level in the affected animal. FULL STORY »

Getting cattle down the road safely

Whether it’s a cattle tractor-trailer load of stocker steers being hauled to a feedyard, or a stock trailer moving cows to summer pasture, precaution must be taken into consideration when transporting cattle. FULL STORY »

Just in time for Easter: Rabbit pizza

Tis the season, apparently, for wacky seasonal food items. This week we saw the KFC chicken drumstick prom corsage, and a new Häagen-Dazs smartphone app that helps you consume your ice cream at just the right degree of meltage. And now, from New Zealand, rabbit pizza, promoted via a truly eye-catching billboard sure to annoy the vegans and animal-rights activists. FULL STORY »

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