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Friday, March 21,2014

Expectations play a role in beef industry

by WLJ
Cattle and beef prices are at record levels in every industry sector, from cow/calf to retail beef prices. These record prices are obviously supported by a very unusual set of supply and demand circumstances.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Property rights win in 'Rails to Trails'

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The Supreme Court took the administrative branch of the federal government to school last week for a lesson in private property rights.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Live futures a battleground

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Things slowed down in the cash fed cattle markets last week. By Thursday afternoon, barely 3,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though the volumes were too low to name it the price for the week, the steers that sold graded 80 percent Choice or greater and went for $148 live.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Wild horse program calls for drastic changes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week the Bureau of Land Management sent out a press release requesting applications for research proposals to develop new or improve existing ways of controlling the population growth of wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

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Friday, March 14,2014

A final Klamath agreement proposed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the Rolling Stones’ popular song, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you get what you need.” That wisdom permeates the most recent agreement on the Klamath Basin water war, which may prove to be the final word in this decadeslong conflict.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The second level represented those producers who specialized in expanding the population of breeding males and females. Their principle source of income was selling sires and replacement females to the commercial producer.

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Friday, March 14,2014

DID YOU KNOW

by WLJ
Is ground beef the favorite American meat today? Well, many would say so, and a recent white paper suggested it could amount to 55-60 percent of all foodservice and retail beef sales. Ground beef offers great taste and cooking flexibility in tacos, spaghetti sauce, casseroles, meatballs or burgers.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Changing resource strategy

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Environmental and cultural motivations are a constant threat to Western society. At times, it seems like outright blackmail when Indian tribes want to control water or when environmental groups want cattle off the range. But at the end of the day, we’re all activists with an agenda.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Are the bulls ready for the spring breeding season?

by WLJ
The spring breeding season is less than two months away. If you have not assessed your bull battery recently, time is running out. Contact your local veterinarian and make arrangements to see that your bulls of all ages pass a breeding soundness exam. Ask your veterinarian about the need for a trichomoniasis test.

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Friday, March 14,2014

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Tom was the second of four children (Julia, Tom, Marcy Kirby and Mary Kirby) and grew up in Boise. His father owned Davis Packing Plant in Garden City, and the family lived near the plant. Dad loved living among the Chinese in Garden City and often shared a meal with them.

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