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If there is one thing Anne Burkholder wants to get across to feedyard visitors, it is to respect and appreciate.

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Merck Animal Health has released an educational video about cattle shipping and transportation as part of its CreatingConnections program – designed to help producers better understand cattle behavior and use that knowledge to help reduce stress, improve reproduction and foster stronger immune responses.

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Efficient use of feed resources in beef production is important on several fronts. Feed costs represent the largest of the cost of production items, ranging from 50 to 60 percent of cow-calf costs to 70 to 80 percent of feedlot production costs.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 10 that the USDA has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru.

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Among the myriad of hot topics swirling in the animal agriculture industry right now (including antibiotic usage, food labeling and continued activist activity), one area of particular concern for the beef industry (and for beef eaters like me) is the Dietary Guidelines update set for later this year.

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The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion announced this week that it will extend the public comment period on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines another 30 days to May 8.

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