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Friday, April 11,2014

Spring fever in the markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets continue to move higher, and I know that you all are wondering just how high it can go. Right now there is great demand for feeder cattle of all grades as short supplies have cattle feeders scrambling to replace inventories.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Full speed ahead for EPA's spending spree

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With the weather finally turning a little more seasonal, spring cleaning seems to be on the minds of more than just homeowners. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on a roll to clean up a number of different areas, and that clean up comes with a large ticket price.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Disaster assistance programs available

by WLJ
Livestock Indemnity Payments: Pays up to 75 percent of the market value for livestock mortality that exceeds normal rates. That includes paying for attacks by animals or adverse weather conditions, as well. Market value of the animal is based on the market value of that animal the day befo...

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Friday, April 11,2014

Beef herd expansion threatened

by WLJ
It’s April and pastures are, or should be, greening up in the southern half of the country. However, cold weather this spring has delayed pasture development in many areas. Winter conditions still exist in several regions in the northern half of the country where spring green-up is still a month away.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Corn called bullish in the supply report

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Wednesday saw the release of the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. The report was called bullish for corn given the increases made to corn export to reflect the quick pace of corn trade in recent months, and not all that surprising for meat.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Farmers, ranchers are eligible for assistance

by WLJ
Last week Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued contiguous disaster designations for eight Colorado counties due to recent drought conditions. The designations mean farmers and ranchers are eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Shorten breeding, calving season for saved time, money

by WLJ
Calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season are often the heaviest in their contemporary group at weaning, and that advantage often carries through to harvest, if the producer retains ownership.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Comments sought, changes coming to futures

by WLJ
There are some things changing with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and potential changes coming to its overseer, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). On the one hand, CME is seeking stakeholder input on a proposed change to cattle futures, and on the other the U.

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Friday, April 11,2014

China will lead global demand for beef

by WLJ
In the report, Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research team says that beef market fundamentals remain positive, with prices driven up across the globe in Q1 2014 by firm demand, as well as further tightening supply due to drought-induced herd retention in the U.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Ranchers advocate for common sense in Washington

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“Remember, when you walk into those offices tomorrow, you’re the expert in the room when it comes to ranching and what’s happening on the ground,” said Dustin Van Liew, looking out at a crowd of cowboy hats, boots and sport coats.

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