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Friday, September 12,2014

MT's Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations

by WLJ
“We encourage all to reflect on notable contributions to our western heritage and help us celebrate by nominating those from your community you believe serve as an example for next generation.”.

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Friday, September 12,2014

July meat export volume lower; value still on record pace

by WLJ
U.S. red meat exports slowed in July, the first time this year that year-over-year export volumes were lower for both beef and pork. But 2014 exports remain on a strong pace, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Friday, September 12,2014

Record soybeans in China

by DTN
stocks being sent to China, DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom said ending stocks shouldn’t be as large as the 140 mb USDA projected in August. That fact is playing out in the futures spreads and U.S. basis market. The national average basis is $1.55 over the November contract, but “U.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Cattle, beef trade reacts to U.S. market situation

by WLJ
International cattle and beef markets are reacting as expected to record U.S. market prices. The latest monthly trade data for July confirms that beef exports are declining; and beef and cattle imports are increasing as markets adjust to shrinking U.S. beef and cattle supplies.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Japanese ag students visit Wyoming ranch

by WLJ
Seventeen-year-old Japanese high school students Takanori Yokoyama and Takuya Shiga of Fukushima Prefecture have discovered they are not that different from the teenage boys they’ve met in Cheyenne, WY.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Breeding soundness exams render better lambing, kidding seasons

by WLJ
“Infertility or inability to breed can happen because of health problems, structural unsoundness, rams too fat or too thin, or it can be impaired semen quality,” Neary said. “Also, rams can become temporarily infertile due to a high body temperature.”.

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Monday, September 8,2014

Plans for Argentinian imports spur concern

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on Aug. 28 plans to allow importation of fresh chilled or frozen beef from northern Argentina and also plans to add Argentina’s Patagonia area to the lists of regions that are considered free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and rinderpest.

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Monday, September 8,2014

Trend reverses, markets go up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Very light trade developed Wednesday at $158-160 live in Minnesota and $250 dressed in Nebraska and Iowa, but at levels too low to set the week’s trend. Still, the early trade at $3-5 higher live and $5-8 higher dressed caught the market’s attention. Live futures closed strong on Wednesday and followed suit on Thursday.

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Monday, September 8,2014

WA sheep flock displaced by problem wolves

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
With two dozen sheep confirmed to be killed by wolves in recent weeks, northeast Washington ranchers Dave and Julie Dashiell have elected to remove their remaining flock to a safer location, rather than face further depredations. While the danger of wolf predation has been removed, the Dashiells point out that the deci sion.

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Monday, September 8,2014

Tyson, Hillshire Farms merger goes forward

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Back in mid-July, Tyson issued an Offer to Purchase Hillshire Farms for $63 per share in cash, with the acquisition totaling $8.5 billion. The offer was extended several times and eventually came under Department of Justice (DOJ) scrutiny for potential antitrust concerns.

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