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Monday, August 18,2014

Down, down they go

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade developed earlier last week than usual, though the prices left a lot to be desired from the cattle feeders’ perspective. Tuesday saw a surprising number of cattle trade in the Corn Belt at $154-155 live and $245-248 dressed. This was lower than the prior week’s cash trade, which was itself lower than the week before that.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
The “differing views” on trespass law (Western Livestock Journal, August 11, 2014, pg. 1, pg. 8) have succeeded in making a hash of a simple situation.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Black Ink

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
The homestretch is a term borrowed from horse racetracks in the 1800s to describe the final phase of any endeavor. Applying it to calves now suggests weaning is the finish line, although in the big picture we have to realize this is just one of several laps on the track of beef production.

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Friday, August 15,2014

New levels mean new optimism

by WLJ
Forecasters have been calling for this trend for almost two years, and as the national cow herd tries to rebound and find stable numbers again, the overpowering temptation to market young females into the feeding chain is hindering the cow herd’s ability to keep up.

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Friday, August 15,2014

NMSU turns to cattle producers to help support judging teams

by WLJ
“We are asking cattle producers throughout the state to donate a steer calf each fall to our program,” said Tim Ross, retired animal and range sciences department head. “We will raise it, use it in many of our classes, including our judging teams training, and when it reaches slaughter weight, we will sell it.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Science transparency; groups question new EPA policy

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Members of EPA scientific advisory boards (SABs) have been asked not to talk to the press even though policy allows them to do so, a handful of science and journalism groups said in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other agency officials.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Amid diverse opinions, Beef Checkoff rift continues

by DTN
R-CALF USA, which is not a member of the group, issued a warning that other farm groups plan to agree by next Friday to a proposal it considers “smoke and mirrors,” while some participants in the group said no agreement would be announced until this fall or winter, if ever.

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Friday, August 15,2014

New bipartisan measure on the ballot for California water crisis

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We are especially pleased that the storage portion of this legislation is a continuous appropriation preventing the legislature from withholding funding. Passage of this legislation is an essential first step in adding capacity to our state’s existing storage infrastructure,” Nassif said.

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Friday, August 15,2014

30th ICA bull tests start

by WLJ
The ICA Bull Evaluation Program (BEP) has a long reputation of offering elite genetics to commercial breeders and other purebred producers. By participating in the program, seedstock producers—whether they have a small or large operation—can benchmark their genetics and compare their outcomes with those from other herds.

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Friday, August 15,2014

NARMS report finds hopeful trends in Salmonella, E. Coli in beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
of the NARMS report is to track the presence of four key bacteria in humans, animals for slaughter, and retail meat, as well as to track trends in the antibiotic-resistance of those bacteria. The report looks at Salmonella, Campylobacter, Enterococcus,.

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