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BOISE, Idaho –Under threat of a voter initiative, an Idaho cattle group says it supports legislation to punish third-time animal cruelty offenders with a felony.

The Idaho Cattle Association's feeder council voted unanimously at a recent meeting to pursue the bill in 2012, according to the association's July newsletter.

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LUBBOCK, Texas –The unrelenting Texas drought has produced a cruelly ironic twist: cattle dying from too much water. Agriculture officials in parched Texas said Wednesday there are no hard numbers on how many head of cattle have died but reports of deaths from too much water or too little are showing up across the nation's leading cattle production state.

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Are you ready to get started on the 2011 Photo Contest? Accelerated Genetics has two new themes for you to try your photography skills on. "Calves" and "In Their Environment." Gift cards awarded for top entries in both categories!

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Pfizer Inc. said June 8 it may sell its animal health and nutrition business in the next two years so it can focus on expanding its low-cost pharmaceuticals unit.

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A projected 92.3 million acres of planted corn should ease pressure on food prices heading into the second half of 2011, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Merck’s animal health division, formerly known as Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, announced that effective June 29 it has begun using the new name, Merck Animal Health. It will be known as MSD Animal Health outside the U.S. and Canada.

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