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ISSUE DATE: 02/13/2012

Clean bill of health

By Jennifer Carrico

When making a purchase to improve your cattle herd you want to be sure your investment is in the very best health possible.

North Dakota cattleman Neil Effertz wants to be sure that all the cattle he deals with have good health. Effertz not only has a Charolais and Salers herd with his brothers, but he also has his own herd of registered Lowlines and has sold several thousands of cattle through his cattle auction company for the past 39 years.

"A good vaccination program is important in all herds and especially so in the purebred cattle herds which are selling seedstock at production and consignment sales," he said.

Effertz has been involved in cattle sales in 40 different states and five Canadian provinces. When it comes to ensuring the cattle have a clean bill of health, he says there are a lot of requirements to look at.


NEWS

Don't sell your timber short
Governor proclaims Farm Bureau Week
High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal now available on e-readers
Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll focuses on farm Internet use
NASCOE leader calls on Congress for USDA office closure review
Pilot program will help rural borrowers refinance, get lower interest rates
Punished for saving
Tax issues due to drought, wildfire destruction addressed in publication
U.S. importing more beef from Mexico
USDA awards grant for food safety research
Vilsack announces support for biofuel production facility
Workshop to focus on farm, ranch succession planning

CROPS

AC21 committee examines coexistence in the seed industry
AgFest receives donations
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program funds available
Awards presented at Seed Improvement Conference
Board begins work toward state grain indemnity fund
Chemigation Training offered
Coffee Shop Agronomy meetings begin Feb. 15
Conference to focus on passing on the family farm, agribusiness
Conferences will help farmers use no-till successfully
East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Feb. 28
Extension offering private pesticide applicator trainings
Extension offers ag events
Extension to host weed control update
Feb. 22 is WRP sign-up deadline
Finding Your Civic Voice program begins Feb. 16
Invasive plant ecology and management short course set for June
Kansas Water Issues Forum scheduled for 2 locations
Kochia challenges springing up in Kansas fields
Looking at CRP fertility
Most obstacles to planting winter canola have been overcome
National Sunflower Association holds Research Forum
Nebraska Wheat Board announces February meeting
Negotiating 2012 cash rents for cropland
New AgriLife Extension program manager hired
New Mexico Ag Expo schedule
New Mexico Ag Expo set for Feb. 21 to 22
New Mexico Ag Expo welcomes new facility
NRCS provides $1.1M to protect Nebraska ag land
Ogallala Aquifer Initiative application cutoff date is Feb. 24
Planning for dry years
Plant research continues in winter at Leyendecker center
Sen. Moran to headline Kansas Commodity Classic
Soil as Story lecture set for Feb. 29
Study: Reduced irrigation can improve economics, yields on corn
The farm equipment dealer's friend: 2012 Western Farm Show coming soon
UNL's Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show set for March
Utilizing IPM strategies
Weed Management School set for Feb. 21 in Colby

LIVESTOCK

American Angus Auxiliary to host Leadership Conference
ASA offers summer Shorthorn internships
Beef Board elects 2012 leadership
Beef council asking producers to fill out surveys
Bison judging held at National Western Stock Show
Calving clinic set for Feb. 13 in Amarillo
Cattle on feed numbers released
Cattle stolen in Greenwood County
Clean bill of health
Cleaning needles and syringes
Colorado Simmental presents honors
CSU Animal Sciences is a cash cow, new chair tells CCA
Don't buy 'brown paper sack' bulls
Feeder leader looks at state of U.S. cowherd
Fence laws meeting offered
Gelbvieh association elects 2012 Board of Directors
Grant will promote bison herd health research
Hereford Herdsman of the Year selected
Improved breeding helps meet demand for high-quality beef
Iowa Pork Regional Conferences slated for March 6 to 9
Iowa Pork Taste of Elegance Chef Par Excellence named
Kansan wins Greeley WLAC qualifying contest
K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy set for June 6 to 9
Limousin and Lim-Flex champions selected
Livestock groups find Forest Service planning rule 'unworkable'
LRP-Lamb insurance plan changes to occur
Luncheon speaker to highlight global dairy market
Manhattan steakhouse wins national Beef Backer Award
Mile High Night Hereford Sale held
Missouri Dairy Profit Seminar is Feb. 14
Monett Beef Cattlemen's Conference set for Feb. 21
NALF recognizes Commercial Producer of the Year
NCBA warns of unintended consequences of trade agencies consolidation
NCBA: Legislation may set precedent
New Young Stockmen's Academy class selected
North American Limousin Foundation elects new president
OXO World Traveler Scholarship presented
Prepare before pulling calves
Prepare cows for calving season
Producers consider Show-Me-Select heifer plan
Proper dosing helps contribute to producer profits
Scholarships available for Junior Shorthorn Breeders
Selecting the best cattle respiratory vaccine for your needs
Show-Me-Select Heifer Meeting is Feb. 20
Start planning now for spring poultry flock
Starting colts
Strategies for breeding heifers
Student named 2012 Iowa Pork Queen
Students learn about animal hoarding
Successful bull selection key to achieving breeding goals
Sufficient nutrients vital for beef cows
Tumbleweed Classic Dog Trials to join Expo
Understanding the nutrient requirements of a 2-year-old cow
USDA seeks to modernize poultry inspection
Using snow as a water source
Workers get class-action status

EDITOR

Back home and back to work
Defining the family farm
Technology important to more than just kids
The future of farm policy

COLUMNS

Beef industry helps fight world hunger at convention
Case IH launches sweepstakes
Enjoying the benefits of beef
Group treatment of high-risk calves reduces BRD
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
Life in rural America is not a spectator sport
Merck Animal Health announces sweepstakes winners
New feed ingredient definition accepted
New technology boosts ability to use genetic information
New vaccine prevents bovine pneumonia
Pfizer Animal Health to support students
Sorry, Kodak
The search for new farm safety net options continues
Who really needs schooling?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle auction report
Ada livestock sales report
Added moisture helps crops, pastures
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary report
Below average precip seen in January
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry, mild winter thus far
Dry, windy January decreases soil moisture
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary report
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
Hay trade slow in some areas, others moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Humeston feeder cattle auction report
Joplin livestock auction report
Keoco feeder cattle auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock feeder cattle auction
Precip was light during January
Rains help improve pasture, ranges
Salina cattle auction report
San Angelo livestock sales report
Scattered rain, mild temperatures across Oklahoma
Snow cover conditions improve
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock market report
Superior Video Auction
Temps fluctuate during January
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm, dry across Wyoming
West Plains regional cattle sales
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat sees strongest gains
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Alfalfa production meeting set for Feb. 17
CPW to host pronghorn management meetings
East Texas School for novice ranchers accepting students
Finding solutions for beaver damage
Grant awarded for National Land and Range Judging contest
Initiative works to improve lesser prairie-chicken habitat
Managing insect pests in hay
Nebraska Ranch Practicum accepting registrations
New grazing contract awarded for Valles Caldera
Prescribed Burn School scheduled
Recovering from drought and restocking
Stone County Livestock & Forage Conference is Feb. 16

FAMILY

4-Hers show Cyclone spirit at Iowa State women's basketball game
A Valentine's email
Bluegrass, fescue overseeding season can start now
Child development pro: ‘Don’t give in to temper tantrums’
Learn to make laundry soap at Extension class
Little Alcott needs a special lot
Master Gardener class begins March 8 in Stockton
Meditation for 2-13-12
Parental involvement in school can influence more than grades
Pheasant Fest will feature Wild Game Cooking Stage
Preventing salt damage to home landscape
Saving for unexpected expenses
Screening project could ease gardeners' storage woes
Selecting seeds for the home garden
Soil tests essential for productive gardens and fields
Start trees off right
Strawberries offer 3 harvest options
Test soil, prepare for spring gardening
Valentine's Day goodies
Watering your lawn in the winter
Youth attend Leadership Development Conference

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