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BeefInPens_regCOLLEGE STATION — Faced with lack of grazing, dwindling hay supplies and shrinking surface water sources, livestock producers continue to cull deeper into herds, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports.

“They’re culling a lot deeper than they normally would, and they’re culling a lot harder than they normally would,” said Rick Hirsch, AgriLife Extension agent for Henderson, west of Tyler. “And they’re culling into the heart of their herds.”

By “heart of their herds,” Hirsch meant heifers and three- to six-year-old cows that should form the core of future production.

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Blogger_regDelegations representing Nebraska’s beef, soybean and corn industries got an in-depth look recently at beef and pork industry programs in Japan conducted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), as well as the opportunity to participate in USMEF’s Japan Relief and Recovery Effort to help victims of the March earthquake and tsunami.

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TOKYO  -- Concerns about radiation-tainted beef intensified Sunday in Japan as officials struggled to determine the scope of the problem and prevent further contamination of the meat supply.

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said a July 7, 2011, agreement between the United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) raises concern for all livestock producers. The legislation would create “unprecedented” federal legislation for production practices.

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Cornclose_regA number of factors combine each year to determine the U.S. average corn yield.  Among those factors, temperature and precipitation during July are the most important.  Crop yield models have long confirmed the large yield impact of July weather.  The most favorable weather conditions in July in the heart of the corn belt consist of temperatures that are modestly below average and precipitation that is about 25 percent above average.  These are the kind of conditions that were experienced in 2009 and contributed to the record high U.S. average yield that year.  Historically, such conditions over large areas have been rare.

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