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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 12/12/13

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota company that has sent thousands of the state's winter-hardy cows to Kazakhstan since 2010 has yet to ink a deal this year with the oil-rich country.  Bismarck-based Global Beef Consultants co-owner Dan Price says the former Soviet republic increasingly is importing cows from Canada and Australia to help build its beef industry, but he says a deal may still be in the works for North Dakota cattle.
 
     More than 5,000 Angus and Hereford cows bred to withstand North Dakota's brutal-cold winters have been airfreighted in jumbo jets to Kazakhstan over the past three years.
 
     Mandan rancher Fred Helbling says he's provided cattle for the Kazakhs in past years. But he says a strong domestic market may be driving prices higher than the Kazakhs want to pay.

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     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A Morton County rancher lost 44 cows and 80 calves when they fell through ice on the Cannonball River.  Dick Ressler tells KXMB-TV that he realized he was short some animals when he was rounding them up recently. The animals were found drowned where the Cannonball meets the Missouri River, after an aerial and ground search.
 
     Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering tells The Bismarck Tribune one theory is that the cattle were chased onto the ice by coyotes, but he and Ressler say the mystery likely will never be solved.
 
     Kist Livestock in Mandan has set up a fund to help Ressler with the financial loss.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota agriculture and wildlife officials have reactivated an online database to help connect landowners who have coyote problems with hunters and trappers.
 
     Fifty-one landowners and 486 hunters used the Coyote Catalog online database last winter. The state Agriculture Department and state Game and Fish Department have reactivated it through next March.  The database is patterned after a similar deer control program that has been around for a decade.
 
     Officials estimate that coyotes cost North Dakota ranchers more than $1 million last year.  Landowners can sign up at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/coyote-catalog.  Hunters and trappers can sign up at http://www.gf.nd.gov



     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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