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Friday, November 10th, 2006

Lamb Feedlot Meeting to be Nov. 30
The progran will focis on ethanol co-product feeds, marketing fed lambs and new lamb food products
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ISU Extension Releases Research on Third-Party Certification of Cattle
The report shows the value of different weaning and vaccination practices along with the benefits of third party certification.
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ISU Extension Offers RUSLE2 and P Index Workshop for Manure Plan Writers
The workshop will train service providers how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index for use in nutrient management and manure management plans.
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Monday, July 10th, 2006

Insect Bites can Mean Lower Income for Pork Producers
Insect bites on a hog carcass can lead to higher trim loss and lower payment.
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Iowa State Unveils Livestock Judging Circuit for 4-H and FFA
New livestock judging circuit offers awards to 4-H and FFA youth for summer 2006 contests.
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Manure Management Clinic to Focus on Open Feedlot Manure Issues
This manurea management short course will include a combination of classroom and field activities.
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Crowds Show Strong Interest in Alternative Technologies
Alternative technology field dayThe field day showcased ?alternative technologies? for runoff management, and included attendees from all parts of Iowa and several other states, including Minnesota, Illinois, South Dakota and Kansas.
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Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Iowa State Unveils Livestock Judging Circuit for 4-H and FFA
New livestock judging circuit offers awards to 4-H and FFA youth for summer 2006 contests.
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?Grazin? Days ? A Pasture Management Workshop? to be Held this Summer
A series of on-the-farm pasture meetings will be held around the state of Iowa for producers interested in installing a rotational grazing system.
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Insect Bites can Mean Lower Income for Pork Producers
Insect bites on a hog carcass can lead to higher trim loss and lower payment.
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Farm Storage Buildings

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Basic Farm Buildings & Farming Systems 

The basic unit of commercial agricultural operation, throughout history and worldwide, is the farm. Because farming systems differ widely, there are important variations in the nature and arrangements of farm facilities. The buildings on a farm generally consist of the farm family’s house, the dwellings of any resident hired workers, and the various structures and facilities for farming operations. This article deals with farmhouses and service buildings that can be classified as follows: livestock barns and shelters; machinery- and supply-storage buildings; buildings and facilities for crop storage, including fodder; and special-purpose structures.

The basic requirements for the farmer’s family are about the same as those of the urban family, but certain features of the farmhouse depend on the farm-life pattern. Because the farmer generally comes directly from the fields or the service buildings, with soiled clothes and boots, it is necessary to provide a rear entrance with a washroom or lavatory and clothes-storage space. For the same reason, many farmers prefer a dining place close to the kitchen or included in it. The house must include an office and a large food-storage place with ample refrigeration, including a freezer in many countries, as most farm families are large. There are usually three or four bedrooms.

Satisfactory modernization of old farmhouses is difficult in some cases, but if the available floor space is sufficient and the main walls strong, renovation can give good results. The cost of a new house must be proportionate to the farmer’s income; for this reason, farmhouses in underdeveloped regions have less floor space with a main room (kitchen and dining room), two or three bedrooms, a large washroom, and a storage place.

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Livestock facility measure vetoed, IA – Jun 1, 2006 Tom Vilsack vetoed a bill Wednesday that he said would hinder the ability of state officials to control livestock operations that could pose a threat to the

YMCA eyes livestock building for soccer
The Register-Guard, Oregon – Jun 1, 2006 The deal could maximize usage of the livestock building while offering more indoor sports to local athletes of all ages, officials said.

Livestock report
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune, WY – May 29, 2006 aged pairs brought $825-$1100. Centennial Livestock Auction in Ft. Collins sold 900 sheep Wednesday. Compared to last week slaughter

China stops importing livestock from Vietnam
Xinhua, China – May 13, 2006 BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Ministry has warned Chinese business people and companies not to import livestock and relevant animal products from

Kenya: Meat Industry to Seek Regional Supplies, Washington – 16 hours ago Kenya’s livestock sector is returning tremendous growth contributing over 10% to the country’s GDP. The sector’s growth, analysts

Iowa crops and livestock doing well, despite record heat
Brownfield, MO – May 30, 2006 by Jerry Passer. 92 percent of the Iowa corn crop has now emerged, about the same as a year ago and 6 percent ahead of the 5 year average.

Women protesters step in front of elephant convoy, United Kingdom – 13 hours ago As the transfer was about to begin Soraida Salwala, the founder of the Friends of the Asian Elephant, stepped in at the Livestock and Wildlife Hospital in

Monday, June 5th, 2006

China not to import livestock from Vietnam in fear of foot-and
People’s Daily Online, China – May 13, 2006 Chinese Foreign Ministry has warned Chinese business people and companies not to import livestock and relevant animal products from Vietnam, as foot-and-mouth

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

11th Agri Day coming this weekend
Eureka Springs Times-Echo, AR – 15 hours ago The event will kick off Friday night with bluegrass music and concessions at the Northwest Arkansas Livestock barn. Saturday morning

It’s all-natural for owners of Mount Airy farm
Baltimore Sun, United States – 6 hours ago The ranch also raises sheep, pigs, chickens and Akbash livestock guard dogs — which protect the livestock from predators such as foxes and coyotes — as well

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

County Eyes Changes In Zoning Plan
Yankton Daily Press, SD – 15 hours ago have is also misplaced, Gleich said. Neighbors can easily be riled by large numbers of livestock, he added. “It’s not the number of

WILD Livestock damaging Scotland District
Barbados Advocate, Barbados – May 22, 2006 By Janelle Riley. Stray livestock and fires are among the greatest problems threatening the stability of the Scotland District. Officer

Indonesian govt to keep restrictions on livestock imports – report
Forbes – May 3, 2006 JAKARTA (AFX) – The government will maintain its restrictions on imports of livestock from several countries despite charges that this policy violates

Shelbyville News, IN – May 26, 2006 Harness and tack shop. Sales and repairs. Saddles, new and used. Monday-Saturday, 8 am-5 pm. 244 to 650 W, turn south to 900 S, turn west to shop. Moscow, IN.

175th Suffolk Show starts today
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, UK – 12 hours ago The two-day show, which is a shop window for the county’s best livestock, food and farming, has attracted a record number of trade exhibitors.

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Black Ink: Where it all begins
Beef production is a natural system, but management means not leaving it to the whims of nature.
Pasture preparation
What can we do to make our pastures more productive this growing season? As we are getting our fencing done for the upcoming pasture season is there something we can do to improve the productivity of the pasture?
BeefTalk: Reduce summer stress on calves
May is always a busy time. The fun of the approaching summer, the warm air, occasional rain showers, and cows and calves strolling through the thick, green, cool-season grasses makes one appreciate rural life.