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The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. are working together to support Community Dialogues for Rural Wyoming, a program dedicated to providing information and education about life in small Wyoming communities with high energy and agriculture involvement.

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Recently, animal scientist John Wagner and his team set out to answer one question: “Is there potential application for DNA technology in the feedlot?”

The research completed by Colorado State University (CSU) says, “Yes.”

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 The U.S. beef industry announced Wednesday initiation of a landmark checkoff-funded sustainability assessment. Previous checkoff-funded research demonstrated beef’s carbon footprint in the United States decreased 18 percent in the last 30 years; and numerous sustainability experts have recognized progressive cattle raising practices in the U.S. as a model for the world.

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Toxic concentrations of salt in a creek likely led to the deaths of 33 cattle found earlier this month on a Blackfeet Indian Reservation ranch, a tribal official said.

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Waupun Equipment is hosting a hay drive to benefit farmers and ranchers in the Oklahoma and Texas drought areas. Due to the severe drought conditions in Texas and Oklahoma, ranchers are in a very difficult position when it comes to providing feed for their cattle. Many have been forced to sell off their entire herds due to lack of rain and extreme heat, which is causing wells to run dry and hay ground to turn to dust. We would like your help in reaching out to our Southern neighbors and easing their burden.

Waupun Equipment has partnered with Dart Hay Service to send semi loads of hay from our area to ranchers on the Oklahoma/Texas border. We are asking for members of the community to help out by donating large square bales of hay or by sending monetary donations. Donations of any amount of hay or money are accepted and appreciated.

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A new DNA test for marbling and post-weaning growth will soon help cattle producers better hit the high-quality beef target. The tool, set to debut in early 2012, will be made available under a development agreement between Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Pfizer Animal Genetics, the companies announced.

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