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A group of 115 congressional members have signed a bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, requesting “a thorough economic analysis” on the proposed rules on marketing of livestock and poultry under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

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Beef producers have reason to brush up on their global geography – notably in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, if the past eight months are any indicator. A brave new world is expanding for beef exports, according to John Brook, the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s regional director for Russia, Europe and the Middle East.

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This year's 4-H grand champion steer at the Iowa State Fair looked a lot like the 2008 winner.


That's no surprise — it's a clone.


"Doc" is the first cloned animal to win a 4-H livestock blue ribbon at the fair.



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The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) introduces its Southern Balancer hybrid, a Gelbvieh heat-tolerant composite specifically targeted to Southern beef producers. Registration certificates and performance data will be offered this fall, AGA said.

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A potentially fatal condition called “frothy bloat” is afflicting Kentucky cattle herds and prompting state officials to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include the condition in a program allowing farmers to request reimbursement for losses.

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Brazil-based JBS Swift, the world’s largest beef producer, announced plans in early July to acquire the McElhaney Cattle Co. feedyard of Welton, Arizona. McElhaney has a one-time capacity for 130,000 head of cattle, according to a company press release.

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