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With increasing public interest in farm animal handling practices, a new website – Dehorning.com – has been launched to share science-based information and facilitate discussion about cattle dehorning. The website is sponsored by H.W. Naylor Company, Inc.

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Three new faces were welcomed to the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium Board of Directors at the WLIC Annual Meeting held March 1 at Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

Brian Bolan from Wisconsin State Fair, Dan Sutherland from Johnsonville Sausage, and Tom DeMuth from AgSource were all welcomed to the Board of Directors. Dr. Thomas McKenna of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Richard Keller of Wisconsin Farmers Union were re-elected for their second term.

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Americans may have noticed a new social media trend this past year: more Facebook posts from the farm, more tweets from the tractor and more blogs from the back forty.

The timing of this social media "stampede" couldn’t be better, says Jeff Fowle, president of the AgChat Foundation. Celebrating its one-year anniversary today, the AgChat Foundation is a 100-percent volunteer organization formed to empower farmers and ranchers to effectively tell their stories using social media.

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Steve Schram, AgriLabs president and CEO, announced the winners of AgriLabs academic scholarships for 2011-2012.

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Six bovine veterinarians who represent more than 150 years of service to the cattle veterinary profession have been nominated for the newly established Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. Peer veterinarians can start voting April 1.

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Four animal scientists and a graduate student from the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and three Clemson Extension agents are in Argentina to learn more about grass-fed, sustainable livestock production. Supported by a USDA grant, the Clemson team left for Argentina earlier this month and will be returning March 28.

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