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COLLEGE STATION – Even if rebuilding of the nation’s cattle herds were to begin today, it would be several years before inventory would reach a significant number, according to an economist.

“Even in best case scenario, we will not see additional beef on the table until 2015,” Brett Stuart, an economist with CattleFax, told 1,450 attendees Monday at the 57th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

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Twin Falls County officials are considering adopting new rules and penalties for ranchers and farmers when their livestock or other large animals escape the confines of fenced fields and wander onto roadways or private property.

Supporters say the proposal is intended to streamline how the county holds owners accountable for their livestock and, ultimately, improve public safety for motorists.

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A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln poll says nearly 70 percent of rural Nebraskans want adequate exercise and space for livestock, as well as other conditions that may be good for their mental health.

But the Nebraska Rural Poll says they don't think increased regulations are needed to ensure proper care of the animals.

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Novus International Inc. hosted its second annual Novus University Day, focused on Fostering Welfare in Livestock Production, on July 26 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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ElRoy Haadem recently began boxing up 43 years of memories from his office, his total tenure with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Thirty-five have been spent at the Burleigh County branch in Bismarck, North Dakota.

“The strength of the extension is you always get to interact with people,” he said.

Haadem, 69, said his biggest role as an agent was that of educator in agriculture, community, family science and youth programs. He cautions it’s not an 8 to 5 job, and one that can mean 60-hour weeks with a lot of evening and weekend work. Yet he calls it a very satisfying experience. He said there is no typical day. “You’re able to provide education, information. ... If I wouldn’t have enjoyed it, I wouldn’t have done it as long as I did.”

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