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Monday, September 1,2014

Farmers' Almanac expects cold winter

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The 198-year-old Farmers’ Almanac got it right last year in predicting the winter that just wouldn’t stop. With winter sneaking up, and leaves starting to change colors already, dj vu is setting in. And according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we just may make history again.

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Friday, August 29,2014

The storm has passed

by Pete Crow - Publisher
bubble was inevitable. And that is exactly what happened. Beef wasn’t necessarily the problem but simply the scant amount of meat on the market at that time. Total meat supplies were down 4.4 pounds per capita from a year ago, which is a substantial amount; total beef supplies were down 3.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Don't take Checkoff ROI lightly

by WLJ
As a beef producer, I have always believed that the beef checkoff assessment that my family pays each time we sell an animal is a good investment for us, and I’m happy to say that we now have some robust validation of that belief.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Kay's Korner

Labor and community loss

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
With this in mind, I want to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of families who are the backbone of the U.S. beef industry. Whether these families run cow/calf or stocker operations, own livestock barns or feedlots, each and every family is vital to the health and success of the entire industry.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Mexico could increase oil production by 75 percent

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“These laws, which follow previously adopted changes in Mexico’s constitution to eliminate provisions that prohibited direct foreign investment in that nation’s oil and natural gas sector, are likely to have major implications for the future of Mexico’s oil production profile,” EIA shared in an official announcement.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Improved silage management

by WLJ
Corn silage is a major ingredient in most confined cattle rations. To ensure good storage and fermentation, Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist, said that corn for silage should typically be harvested between 60-70 moisture.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Options weighed on replacement heifers amid historic high prices

by WLJ
“One operation we tracked had heifers weaned in 2010 and 2011, what those heifers were and what their accumulated expenses were over the two years to the point where they were heavy bred. Their expenses totaled $1,100-1,400 a head. That ranch was pretty efficient and did a good job of reducing their expenses.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Beef traceback measures combat foodborne illness

by WLJ
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Record placement lows in Cattle on Feed report disappoint

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Aug. 1/July Cattle on Feed report was released Friday, Aug. 22. While everything was predicted down— and everything was down— things weren’t as down as analysts expected. The report has been called mixed neutral to bearish, particularly for record low placements that still disappointed expectations, and for the lagging marketing rate.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Low-stress weaning options

by WLJ
Weaning is a stressful time for calves. This stress can contribute to reduced feed consumption, which means poor nutrition. It also can depress the immune system, leading to greater risk for sickness and death, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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