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Friday, December 19,2014

Beef Talk

Step 1 for bull buying: Red Angus example

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For example, using the center’s Red Angus bulls, the breeding inventory from this past breeding season included five bulls. Their year of birth and registration numbers are: 2013-born bulls, 1617778 and 1617805; 2011-born bulls 1473021 and 1473096; and 2010-born bull 1393949.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Plenty to celebrate

by WLJ
At the close of each year, it’s helpful to take a look back to analyze not only our own cattle businesses but the entire marketplace as we continue planning for the coming months and year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

CME breaks feeder markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
If you were a bull in the feeder cattle pit at the CME, I’m sorry to learn of your fate after five days of limit down trading. With the January feeders touching $237, didn’t you think that was kind of high? Cattle feeders were buying feeder cattle at $190 breakevens in November when.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Ag producers should do tax planning pre-year end

by WLJ
“In tax planning, it is best to start with year-todate income and expenses and estimate them for the remainder of the year,” says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension Service Farm Economist. “Do not forget any income that was deferred to 2014 from a previous year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

EPA still plans final WOTUS

by DTN
Speaking of the provision to stop implementation of the interpretive rule on agricultural exemptions accompanying WOTUS proposal and other environmental policy riders in the omnibus, Mc- Carthy said, “I am not unhappy with what went through the legislature.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Carnahan Ranches and the National Western: 108 years and counting

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show runs on the backs of its dedicated exhibitors, volunteers and other patrons, many of whom measure their participation and support not by years, but by generations.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Cattle market factors to watch in 2015

by WLJ
In 2014, cattle and beef prices advanced from (what were then) record levels at the beginning of the year to a nearly continuous series of record levels throughout the year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Ag a winner in Cuba diplomacy; exports could rise with changing rules

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Cuba has about 11.3 million people, which ranks it slightly below the population of Ohio. Trade with the country has revolved mainly around agriculture and medical supplies. Sales have been up and down over the past decade because restrictions would be lifted then reinstated and then lifted again.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Fraction of total farm income from farming

by WLJ
Because of the broad USDA definition of a farm (which includes places with the potential for as little as $1,000 in annual sales), more than half of farm operator households consistently incur a net loss from farming activities in any given year, and far more do not earn the equivalent of a market wage for their on-farm labor.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Teff grass gaining popularity; works in hay crop rotations

by WLJ
Michigan State University Extension does not recommend planting alfalfa after alfalfa because of disease, insect and autotoxicity issues. Autotoxicity, which is produced by mature alfalfa plants, will cause crop stunting and yield reduction of the new plants.

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