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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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Monthly Archives: July 2012

The area had high temperatures and little or no rain. Some areas received very spotty showers. A few producers received up to 2.5 inches of rain, but with absolutely no soil moisture, the rain was immediately soaked into the ground or ran off.

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Not every home that has a pet has fleas; and just because you don’t have a pet doesn’t mean your home is immune to fleas. Fleas are always around. They’re part and parcel of our environment. But they like certain surroundings and conditions better than others. Lately we have conditions that are ripe for flea infestations. Why? Because fleas love humidity and warm temperatures.

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday barred the labor secretary from imposing new safety rules for children working on farms, putting a legal stamp on a Labor Department decision to put off action on the rules.

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There are only a few days left to capture your input on the lamb industry’s sustainability survey. There has been a strong response so far, but every entry counts as we identify best practices and operational needs of the industry related to environmental stewardship, animal care and community support.

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Conference planners are delighted to announce that “Meat Geek” Tony Mata will be in Wichita Falls to share the story of the new steak with producers at the Cattle Trails Conference on Tuesday, July 31.

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It’s down now. But not before at least one meat industry group reacted to a posting on a USDA website that appeared to endorse “Meatless Mondays” according to MeatingPlace editors.

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A report issued by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) looked at the findings from over 200 studies based on the relationship between the welfare of the animals and the nutrients from the animal products, and then picked data from 76 of the most supportive to include.

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