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Friday, October 3,2014

Record calf prices boost bottom line

by WLJ
If you choose personal use, one option Johnson said is to start or increase the family’s emergency savings. “When making this decision, ask yourself, ‘Do I have enough money set aside in case of an emergency and I can’t work?’ Having enough money for three to six months of household fixed expenses is always a smart idea,” she said.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Extending fall grazing with cover crops can halve your feed costs

by WLJ
In early August the Nicklas family no-tilled a seven-species cover crop grazing mix into wheat stubble. With the great growing conditions they have received, they started grazing the 16-acre field with beef cows this month and will continue into early winter as long as Mother Nature will allow.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Generosity leaves lasting impression on ag

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the infamous October 2013 blizzard named Atlas, producers in the area are tuned into weather reports, praying there won’t be a repeat performance.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Cattle on Feed report neutral to bearish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week saw the release of two monthly reports relating to meat markets; the Cattle on Feed report and the Cold Storage report.

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Monday, September 29,2014

White house action on antibiotic resistance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Barack Obama’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued their report, at the request of the president, on combating antibiotic resistance. On Sept. 18, he issued an executive order to implement recommendations from PCAST and create a task force and presidential advisory council to combat antibiotic resistance.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Beef demand not as strong as expected

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Everything was slow or a bit low last week. Next to no cash trade had occurred by Thursday—3,380 head were confirmed sold for the week at that point at $153 live and $242 dressed—and the cutout was sharply lower as packers struggled with negative margins and slack demand.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Feeders looking for lofty breakevens

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Placements have been lower over the past six months and at lighter weights up until the August report that said heavy weight placements that were over 800 lbs. were much higher during August. Most areas had great summer grazing, producing heavier cattle, which may defer some for cattle going into the feedlot.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Black Ink

Surprise!

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Those first calves graded 20 percent Choice, and motivated him to continue feeding cattle for the next two decades. It also spurred the rancher to adopt an AI plan to infuse the best genetics more quickly. Today he sells loads above 90 percent Choice, with more than half of those reaching the upper two-thirds of that grade.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Beef Talk

Cow herd expansion needs land

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
That is a difficult question producers must answer. Just how many more is not an easy number to grasp because most beef operations actually try to keep their carrying capacity or stocking rates stable. Stocking rate, or the cow/calf pairs that inhabit the ranch, are set based on the carrying capacity of the particular type of land.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Wild horse herd management conflicts continue

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Not much fires up the plight of a horse loving animal activist than a planned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup.

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