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Friday, January 2,2015

Farm defensively

by DTN
When spring crop insurance guarantees set for most states March 1, they aren’t likely to cover cost of production, land-grant universities forecast. So the uncomfortable discussions with farm lenders this winter may focus on minimizing losses, not necessarily showing a profit in 2015.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Looking back: the top stories of 2014

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s easy to look back and find a number of stories that topped the year’s biggest story list. From searching for ways to control climate change to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) breathing down producers’ backs, there weren’t many “slow weeks” for Western Livestock Journal’s.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Cattle on Feed called neutral

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
As the year-end holiday season continues, the markets are calm. The most recent Cattle on Feed report showed a continuation of the ongoing build-up of cattle in feedlots. Cattle on feed numbers were up, placements were down slightly, and marketings were down considerably again.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Dietary guideline talks include reducing beef

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Every five years, USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and discussions for the upcoming 2015 recommendations are currently underway, with “beef” in the hot seat.

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Monday, December 29,2014

'Higher' was 2014's theme of the year

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Due to the holiday-shortened week last week and the subsequent lack of activity in the markets, there is not as much to report this week. But, in keeping with the theme of looking back on the year that’s about to fade into history, there were some distinct highlights in this year’s market that deserve reflection.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Animal welfare vs. rights

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Agriculture is fighting an uphill battle with the readily assessable information highway loaded with photos that paint a thousand words. Sound science continues to lose over emotions, with photos, captions and haunting music depicting producers and even animal owners as low life, self-centered, evil creatures.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Beef Talk

Step 1 for bull buying: Simmental example

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
At the center, values for the current bulls are entered into a simple spreadsheet to allow for easy tracking. The breeding inventory and registration numbers from this past breeding season included five bulls. Their year of birth and registration numbers are: 2013-born bulls, 2790504, 2790544, 2800373 and 2800393; and 2012-born bull, 2669482.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Black Ink

High steaks

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“You get what you pay for” is a saying that often assumes limitations. It comes to mind when you or a friend find disappointment in a supposed bargain. Add an intensifying phrase and it points out that quality costs more, too. You really do get what you pay for.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Black Ink

Momma matters

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“Typically producers do not want to calve thin cows and do not like cows to lose weight during late pregnancy. We know that is bad,” says Allison Meyer, University of Missouri Animal Scientist, listing the side effects.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Three-year study looks at impact of cold weather on calves

by WLJ
Ranchers have asked that question during many springs and veterinarians have speculated for years. The debate rages on! This is obviously a difficult subject to research because you cannot have a “control” group of cows to compare to a “treatment” group that is exposed to a cold winter while still running on the same pasture.

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