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Friday, October 31,2014

GMOs confuse Chinese consumers, too

by DTN
“Though scientists have been promoting the production and usage of GMO crops, public media has brought a lot of discussion on the safety issue of GMO food, and most of the information from it was negative,” said Guanghui Xie, a professor at China Agricultural University.

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Monday, October 27,2014

The WTO rules against COOL... again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Like it or not, the fact is, it’s 2014, we live in a global economy, and Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is discriminatory—at least that was the gist of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling on COOL last Monday, Oct. 20, and the U.S.

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Monday, October 27,2014

Ranchers talk transferring fed's land to states

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
At a recent council meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, some 90 individuals from 14 states convened to discuss the prospect of transferring the majority of federal lands to state ownership. The federal government owns at least 30 percent of each state west of the Rockies—all told, about 50 percent of the West.

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Monday, October 27,2014

What happens if cattle disappear?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Cattle-free in ’93!” Despite over two decades of failure, this mantra still highlights the reality that there are people who want to remove cattle (and sheep and other domestic livestock) from the public range.

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Monday, October 27,2014

A tale of two markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The industry seems to be running a manic two-part market game. On the one hand, strength in the cash fed and feeder markets was striking last week, as were gains in both futures markets, yet at the same time there was continued information on declining and disappointing beef movement.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Beef Talk

When a cow is determined to be market beef, sell her

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Current discussions focus on increasing cow numbers, but it may be ill-advised to change cow culling schemes. When a cow is determined to be market beef, sell her.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Black Ink

Fixer uppers: profiting from cull cows

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Decades of using at least breed-average bulls in the pasture and artificial insemination (AI) on the top half moved their progeny up from 10 percent premium Choice to eight times that. I would not want to start over with any other cows now, but it’s still easy to find a bottom 20 percent in these.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Considerations for fall cattle markets

by WLJ
The price of 475-pound, Medium and Large Number 1 steers in Oklahoma has averaged $281.81/cwt. the past six weeks. This includes the latest weekly average price of $294.80/cwt. at the seven federally reported auctions in the state. This price compares to an average of $183.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Minimizing storage, nutrition loss in hay

by WLJ
She explained that hay stored inside allows for a reduction in contact with soil and moisture thus reducing spoilage. Some disadvantages of indoor storage are unwelcome animals, limited storage space, and bales must be stored carefully to prevent falling or exerting too much pressure on the sides of the barn.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Replace winter hay with corn-based feedstuffs

by WLJ
“Corn and corn-derived feeds such as distiller’s grains and silage are much lower in price compared to recent history. Hay and roughage costs are lower as well, but on a percentage basis the price decline has not been as dramatic as compared to corn prices,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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