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University of Missouri Extension has set up special website (http://extension.missouri.edu/tornado) containing MU Extension resources that could be helpful to homeowners, landowners, business owners, emergency response people, volunteers, partnering organizations and others with a direct or indirect interest in the tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. and the response that is underway. The content -- relevant publications and news articles as well a list of contacts and regularly updated information from MU Extension relevant to the recovery process -- will be updated and added to on a regular basis.

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redangusbunk_regSpring and early summer is harvest season for a majority of the nation’s fed cattle, and cattlemen and feeders are now reflecting on the carcass data from this year’s crop. Producers who utilize the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) tag may submit their carcass data to be considered for the distinguished GridMaster award.

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Pfizer Animal Health is increasing the expertise and services available to its customers by adding three professionals to its Cattle Veterinary Operations Team — Lance Fox, DVM; Mark Branine, Ph.D.; and Brad Morgan, Ph.D.

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Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion in mares, neonatal foal death, and/or neurologic disease. The neurologic form of EHV-1 is called Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). The virus can spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands. EHV-1 is endemic to the United States and is usually handled by the States involved; USDA becomes involved in cases involving multiple States or movement of horses across State lines.

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Groups of displaced Japanese citizens ranging from several hundred to more than 10,000 were served meals of U.S. beef and pork in recent weeks through the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Japan Relief and Recovery Effort.

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