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LIVESTOCK GROUPS SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY, STABILITY OF GRAZING PERMIT PROCESS

Congressmen Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and 10 lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle took a firm stand on the side of America’s federal lands ranchers by introducing the Grazing Improvement Act (H.R. 4234), which would increase efficiencies in the federal lands grazing permit process and create a more stable business environment for the ranchers who manage the land and its resources. The Public Lands Council (PLC), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) urged Congress to immediately consider H.R. 4234.

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NYT CONTEST ON MEAT EATING ETHICS

The New York Times is inviting readers to enter a contest by writing an essay on why you believe it is ethical to eat meat. The prize is having your essay published in The New York Times.

This is a very specific contest. Don’t write about why you like meat, why organic trumps local or why your food is yours to choose. Just tell the Times why it’s ethical to eat meat.

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K-STATE SHEEP AND GOAT CONFERENCE PLANNED

The Kansas State University Sheep and Goat Conference and trade show is slated for May 4 to 6 in Manhattan, with a registration deadline of April 15.

The program will be held at K-State’s Weber Hall and its newly completed Sheep and Meat Goat Center.

“This is going to be an outstanding conference, consisting of talks related to selection, health, nutrition, management, reproduction, carcass quality, marketing, guardian animals, hand-spinning and dairy goat production,” said Brian Faris, sheep and goat specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

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NON-AG FACTORS INFLUENCING FARMLAND VALUES

High crop and livestock prices certainly support the upswing in farm and ranch land values, but a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report outlines some of the other forces at work. The report, titled “Trends in U.S farmland value and ownership,” notes that farm real estate accounts for a large share of total farm assets – 84 percent in 2009 – and the value of that real estate is subject to a range of economic factors.

Those factors include alternative investments, interest rates and debt-servicing capability, in addition to parcel-specific factors such as soil productivity, proximity to delivery points like grain elevators and highways and the land’s development potential.

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SPRING LAMB PRODUCTION

Sheep are ideally suited to a small-scale or part-time farming operation due to their nutritional versatility and adaptability. Compared to most other livestock enterprises, spring lamb production has lower investment costs and labor requirements, and quicker returns on investment, as well as lower housing, feeding, and labor costs compared to more intensive lambing enterprises. This 6-page publication discussed marketing, breeds, housing and fencing, labor, nutrition, health program, and environmental regulations, and risk management for spring lamb production. A sample budget is also provided.

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