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Monday, February 16,2015

Double edge

by Pete Crow - Publisher
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association hosted their largest annual convention ever with over 8,200 folks showing up to attend meetings and the trade show—which was also the largest ever—with over 330 exhibitors; and it was pleasing to see so many young people attend.

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Friday, February 13,2015

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; Feb 13

by DTN
From Friday to Friday livestock futures scored the following changes: Feb LC, Up 3.93, Apr LC, Up 2.20; Mar FC, Up 4.40; May FC, Up 2.85; Feb LH, Off 1.80: Apr LH, Off 3.25.

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Friday, February 13,2015

WEEKLY FEEDER CATTLE SUMMARY; Feb 13

by WLJ
Compared to last week, the feeder cattle market was following through on the support that was shown late last week to be steady to 5.00 higher with the Southeast complex more in the 4.00 to 8.00 higher range as backgrounders are looking to succeed in acquiring their grass cattle now.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Beef Talk

Feel good by feeding some alfalfa

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Alfalfa is an excellent choice to feed as a supplement to beef cows that are later in their pregnancy. Seldom do we think of hay as being a supplement, but the right high quality forage, such as alfalfa, certainly can be fed as a supplement to the lower quality forages generally available for the main ration of a beef cow.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Did You Know

The War on Fat reconsidered

by WLJ
Yet we still see daily limits on dietary fat, as though all fat is the same. What is the truth? Well, the answer and what you did not know about fat grams is best addressed by Dr. Stephen Smith, Texas A&M University Meat Biologist, who has spent most of his career studying the subject.

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Friday, February 13,2015

USDA sets 256 natural disaster areas due to drought

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has previously designated natural disaster areas in 256 counties across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah due to drought conditions in 2015.

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Friday, February 13,2015

An integrated road map to a more functional West

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
All too often the narrative of conservation and production agriculture is one of conflict. Us against them. Knights and knaves. Winning and losing. But in the middle ground there are those who focus on getting things done and making measurable, positive change for all involved.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Artificial insemination increases value, profits

by WLJ
Calf prices have steadily increased for several years. Since spring 2014, replacement female prices have remained at record levels as well. It is only reasonable that bull prices would follow the trend. This has led many producers to explore options to owning enough bulls to cover their cows in a defined breeding season.

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Friday, February 13,2015

NRCS report: Sage-grouse Initiative successes

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers’ conservation actions are going a long way to protect greater sage-grouse habitat, says a new report from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Friday, February 13,2015

COOL opponents drop lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, meat industry opponents of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL), dropped their 2013 lawsuit against USDA. But the debate and discussion surrounding the controversial labeling is far from over, according to the North American Meat Institute, a party in the dropped lawsuit.

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