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Friday, October 24,2014

West Coast bull sale recap

by WLJ
It’s been widely documented that California is in the midst of the most severe drought on record in the state, and it’s estimated that nearly 30 percent of the cow herd has exited the state over the past 12 months.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Brazil set to expand feedlots, grain feeding

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A recent report from Rabobank suggests the future of beef abroad will be Brazil. However, the country—already the world’s second largest beef producer and largest exporter—is not nearly as efficient as its fellow beef competitors. The answer will be American-style feedlots, fueled by the growing Brazilian grain industry.

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Monday, October 20,2014

U.S. wins WTO trade enforcement dispute for poultry industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Tuesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended a long-standing trade dispute between the U.S. and India over primarily poultry imports, with the U.S. touting victory. U.S. Trade Representative (US- TR) Michael Froman announced the WTO victory on behalf of U.S. farmers, including the U.S. poultry industry.

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Monday, October 20,2014

U.S. STB action needed for transparency on rail shipments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers, farmers and elevator operators, along with a number of politicians, are optimistic that an improved reporting system for railroads will at least allow agricultural shippers to see whether they’re getting the same kind of service as oil, coal and other industries.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Secretary's checkoff hijack spurs concern

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A number of cattle associations across the states have joined together to contest USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plans to end the long-standing battle over the national beef checkoff by establishing a supplemental, secondary beef checkoff under a 1996 legislative act.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Who supports WOTUS?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Today was supposed to be the last day comments would be submitted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Water of the U.S. (WO- TUS) rule. But, as before, the comment period has been extended. Comments can now be submitted through to Nov.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Corn yields raised in recent WASDE report

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Most things were up in the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released in the afternoon on Oct. 10. For beef, the increased production estimated hinged mostly on increased carcass weights, but corn and soybean yield estimates were finally catching up with what analysts have been saying for months.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Outside issues worry beef, cattle markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Unlike past weeks, trade got underway earlier than usual last week. By Wednesday, over 50,000 head had been confirmed sold with Kansas, Nebraska, and the western Corn Belt leading the charge, despite analysts’ early week projections of late week trade.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Who do you trust?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This Ebola virus situation is getting a little out of hand. It shows once again that the federal government and the Obama administration just can’t govern and are a little too lackadaisical about doing the job.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Management Topics

Heifer selection in commercial herds

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Proper selection of heifers is vitally important as our industry works to expand. There are some general principles for any commercial operation to consider, as well as more intensive selection criteria for sire-identified herds, as well as genomic tests.

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