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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota–Between 1,000 and 1,500 head of cattle have died across South Dakota from excessive heat and humidity, and those numbers will likely climb as more reports come in, state officials said Tuesday.

State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven said his office was still compiling numbers, but reporting is not mandatory and many people dealing with cattle losses likely haven't had time to check in.

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COLLEGE STATION – The finer points of crop irrigation drew great interest from farmers in Brazos, Burleson and Robertson counties recently at the Tri-County Crops tour, according to organizers. As the historic drought continues in Texas, farmers toured the Texas A&M University field laboratory near College Station where both Texas AgriLife Research and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service continue work on several aspects of crop production, including irrigation studies.

 

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BeefInPens_regCOLLEGE STATION — Faced with lack of grazing, dwindling hay supplies and shrinking surface water sources, livestock producers continue to cull deeper into herds, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports.

“They’re culling a lot deeper than they normally would, and they’re culling a lot harder than they normally would,” said Rick Hirsch, AgriLife Extension agent for Henderson, west of Tyler. “And they’re culling into the heart of their herds.”

By “heart of their herds,” Hirsch meant heifers and three- to six-year-old cows that should form the core of future production.

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Blogger_regDelegations representing Nebraska’s beef, soybean and corn industries got an in-depth look recently at beef and pork industry programs in Japan conducted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), as well as the opportunity to participate in USMEF’s Japan Relief and Recovery Effort to help victims of the March earthquake and tsunami.

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TOKYO  -- Concerns about radiation-tainted beef intensified Sunday in Japan as officials struggled to determine the scope of the problem and prevent further contamination of the meat supply.

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said a July 7, 2011, agreement between the United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) raises concern for all livestock producers. The legislation would create “unprecedented” federal legislation for production practices.

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