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MSU study could aid dairy farmers in managing calves

STARKVILLE — Findings of a recent study at Mississippi State University holds potential good news for the state’s struggling dairy industry. In a study on the effects of housing types, Mississippi State scientists found that dairy calves develop better when raised in pairs. Stephanie Ward, a dairy management and nutrition scientist in the MSU-based Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, ...

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Decline in dairy producers shows industry's woes

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians looking to raise a glass to celebrate “June is Dairy Month” with local producers may be drinking their milk alone. Walthall County Extension agent Richard Hay has seen a drastic change in dairy numbers in his county since he arrived in 1984. “We had more than 200 dairy farms when I started my Extension career in ...

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Ag producers, scientists talk about research, needs

VERONA — More than 300 north Mississippi agricultural producers met with Mississippi State University representatives to hear research results and recommendations and to express what they need from the university in the coming year. Steve Martin, head of MSU’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, said the annual meeting helps keep producers, researchers and Extension specialists on the ...

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CATTLE RUSTLIN' — Rising cattle prices raise rustler worries

Livingston Springs Farms in Flora raises Belted Galloways, commonly called “oreo cows,” for grass-fed beef. It’s summer time and the living is just a bit easier for Mississippi’s agriculture theft investigators — at least when it comes to chasing down cattle rustlers. But no one can say how long things will stay that way as beef prices head to record ...

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State's dairy farmers still facing steep feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year continues the trend of high feed prices, making it very challenging for Mississippi dairy farms to make a profit. Lamar Adams, dairy specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said prices farmers are paid for their milk have been higher than in recent years, but feed prices have remained much higher than ever before. ...

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Egg company closes on Maxim acquisition in Texas

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has closed on the previously announced acquisition of the commercial egg production and related assets of Maxim Production Co. Inc. Terms were not disclosed. The assets purchased by Cal-Maine include a feed mill and two production complexes with capacity for approximately 3.5 million laying hens with related pullet capacity, all located near Boling, Texas. In ...

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Cal-Maine's profits soar; Baker replacing Adams as chairman

JACKSON — Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods says its net income grew more than five-fold in its fiscal fourth quarter as it produced and sold more eggs in the period on stronger consumer demand and got a lift from a one-time gain related to a joint venture. Cal-Maine said its average selling price rose 9.7 percent for the year thanks to ...

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Cal-Maine Foods buying facilities in Texas from Pilgrim's Pride

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire the commercial egg operations of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation. Terms were not disclosed. The assets to be purchased by Cal-Maine include two production complexes with capacity for approximately 1.4 million laying hens and adjacent land located near Pittsburg, Texas. The company expects to close the transaction in August 2012. Dolph ...

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Rising cattle prices raise rustler worries

It’s summer time and the living is just a bit easier for Mississippi’s agriculture theft investigators — at least when it comes to chasing down cattle rustlers. But no one can say how long things will stay that way as beef prices head to record levels and thieves out for a lucrative score begin trying their hand at rustling. Cindy ...

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