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Monthly Archives: December 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Census shows the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538, a 9.7 percent increase over the 2000 population. That means there are approximately 87.4 Americans for every square mile of this great country. And, the Census Bureau estimates, there is a net gain of one person every 13 seconds.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain, Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is informing cattle producers who have done business with Eastern Livestock Company, LLC, (Eastern) of their rights under the bond provisions of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act. Bond claims must be filed within 60 days from the date of the transaction on which the claim is based.

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Texas AgriLife Research has hired Dr. Srinivasulu Ale to fill the newly created position of assistant professor-geospatial hydrology at Vernon, according to Dr. John Sweeten, AgriLife Research director for Vernon and Amarillo programs.

The new hydrologist position will help fill a gap in the research programs already in existence at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at both Vernon and Amarillo, Sweeten said.

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The Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference will be held Jan. 7 in Lawton, Okla.

The annual conference that will provide cow-calf producers the most up-to-date information on topics that influence cattle profits, said Stan Bevers, AgriLIFE Extension economist in Vernon. In effect, the conference will assist those producers in driving their cattle to profits. 

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MeatingPlace reports a Manitoba, Canada, veterinarian has pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening the Health of Animals Act after having admitted to falsely claiming that he inspected them before deeming them suitable for export to the United States, the Toronto Sun reported.

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December’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report shows high rates of beef-cow slaughter and a high ratio of heifers on feed. Beef trade meanwhile, picks up as the United States becomes a net exporter during the fourth quarter.

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This morning I stood in the rain and enjoyed it. While the drought may not be over, many producers will find one inch of rain in their gauges by the time Christmas morning comes and that may be the best gift a producer can get.

I wish each reader of CowTalk and joyous Christmas and a properous New Year.

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