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Trump Leaning Toward Georgia ex-Governor for Agriculture Head

Reuters

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a senior Trump transition team official said on Monday.

Perdue, a Democrat-turned-Republican who founded a grain and fertilizer business, served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign.

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What is Your Ideal Cow?

Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension

One of the most popular questions I get asked is “What is your ideal cow?” This question always spurs quite the debate. Factors like breed, cow size, milking ability, and a long list of phenotypes are discussed. Comments like “We don’t want to go back to that kind of cattle” typically dominate the conversation.

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How Does Cold Stress Affect the Energy Needs of Cattle?

Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension

Most beef producers understand that when the weather gets colder their cattle need more energy for maintenance. The questions are when do cattle start experiencing cold stress and then how much more energy do they need? Both the actual temperature and the wind speed interact to determine the effective temperature. Table 1. shows the dramatic effect of wind speed on the effective temperature the cattle experience. Any kind of available protection, whether natural or man-made, can be very valuable in reducing wind chill and the negative effects of cold environments.

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