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NOVELTY, Missouri – When it comes to winter feed for beef herds, applying a pound of nitrogen to pastures in August gives a good return.

A pound of nitrogen fertilizer makes about 20 pounds of forage dry matter, Justin Sexten, beef nutritionist, told Greenley Center Field Day visitors, Aug. 9.

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Prolonged exposure to heat can have a number of adverse physical and emotional effects, but awareness and proper care can help people of all ages beat the heat monster, said Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts.

“Excessive exposure to a hot environment, especially while active or working, can bring about any of a number of disorders or illnesses related to hyperthermia,” said Dr. Carol Rice, AgriLife Extension specialist in health and wellness education. “Some of the physical effects range from heat cramps to edema – swelling of the ankles and feet – rash, exhaustion or heat stroke.”

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Accelerated Genetics
, Baraboo and Westby, Wisconsin, a global provider of bovine genetics and research, has been awarded the “Compass Award” for its long-term commitment to excellence in the stewardship of its employees’ retirement assets. The award was given by Francis Investment Counsel, a nationally recognized expert retirement plan investment consulting organization.

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MINTREX chelated trace minerals from Novus International, Inc., belongs to a new feed ingredient category. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) accepted this new feed ingredient definition July 31, during its 2011 Ingredient Definitions Committee Meeting in Austin, Texas.

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The National Farm-City Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents, is now seeking nominations for the first annual Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award, paying tribute to an outstanding individual who has contributed to Farm-City activities as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences.

The award is in honor of Charles "Charlie" Eastin, DVM, who passed away earlier this year and played a fundamental role in Farm-City activities. A board member for many years, Eastin was especially active in planning and initiating Farm-City events in the Lexington, Kentucky, area.

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Pfizer Animal Health – Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) can be caused by both viral and bacterial agents, but nailing down the culprit to just one factor can be difficult. When Mycoplasma bovis is involved, there may be a few signs that help point producers in the right direction.

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