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Local Angus breeders recognized


Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Julie Ann Abrahamson, Lanesboro, Minnesota, owns two bulls listed in the Spring 2010 Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. Philip Abrahamson, Lanesboro, Minnesota, owns three bulls listed and Rein Angus Farm, Lanesboro, Minnesota, owns two bulls listed in the Spring 2010 Sire Evaluation Report. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 4,607 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angus.org.

"This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd," says Bill Bowman, American Angus Association chief operating officer (COO) and director of performance programs. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are generated from the performance database of the American Angus Association, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,000 Angus breeders this past year through the Association's Beef Improvement Records (BIR) program.

EPDs are listed for growth and maternal traits, as well as carcass traits that integrate performance records from the carcass, ultrasound and DNA databases. Decision-making tools also include $Values in the suite of bio-economic indexes designed to assist commercial producers in simplifying the genetic selection process. In addition, the Spring 2010 Sire Evaluation Report includes updated research reports for docility and heifer pregnancy.

The semi-annual analysis for the Sire Evaluation Report utilizes nearly 18 million measures used to generate more than 53 million EPDs for the Angus Breed.

The American Angus Association, with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services for nearly 30.000 members nationwide and thousands of commercial producers who use Angus genetics. Go to www.angus.org for more information.



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Dairy financial management workshop

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Financial Strategies for a Volatile Dairy Economy is the theme of a program for dairy producers taking place on Thursday, January 21, 11:00am to 2:30pm., at the Lewiston Community Center in Lewiston. This program is sponsored by the Universi ..... 
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Wind: The Easiest Crop to Harvest

Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Today's farmers are interested in wind energy because they're good managers; farming is all about maximizing profits and reducing risk. Wind energy does both. It's an additional, steady source of income that doesn't require extra work, a seco ..... 
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Kohl farm management webinar series

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

This winter I am working with Adult Farm Management instructors Dan Miller and Wayne Pike to offer a five-webinar series by Dr. David Kohl. The overall theme of the series will be positioning your business for sustainable success given the new econo ..... 
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Southwest Missouri Pet Supply Dealer to Pay $56,632 Penalty for Re-Labeling, Selling Misbranded Cattle and Hog Insecticide

Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

(Kansas City, Kan., December 21, 2009) - A southwest Missouri pet supply dealer has agreed to pay a $56,632 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by re ..... 
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Quail habitat management meeting

Mon, Dec 21st, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer,

County Extension Educator for Fillmore & Houston Counties

Are you interested in bobwhite quail? Have you ever considered managing your property to improve quail habitat? If you answered yes to these questions this Qu ..... 
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Boyum named "Cattlemen of the Year"

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Paul Boyum, of Utica, became the first beef producer from Fillmore County to receive the Cattleman of the Year recognition from the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) on December 5. Paul was presented this honor, as the engraving on the ..... 
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2010 Winter crops day

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

The 2010 Winter Crops Day is the first of the winter educational meetings for 2010. I believe I have topics for at least my next nine news columns. I will be providing additional information on various events in those columns. Additional information ..... 
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Cool, wet fall poses challenges for land-application of manure

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

October's cool, wet weather delayed more than the crop harvest. At some livestock farms, full manure basins created anxious moments for farmers awaiting harvested fields so they could land-apply manure. Fortunately, November's warmer, drier weather ..... 
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