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Friday, July 25,2014

Perfect storm

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets took a little breather just after the 4th of July holiday, dropping a few bucks on fed cattle, but came roaring back, appearing ready to break some new records and did, reaching $162-163 live. I know that everyone selling cattle right now is star struck CROW.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Beef continues to set record prices

by WLJ
The number of cattle slaughtered is 5.7 percent lower than last year. Plain says the drop in cow and heifer slaughter has tightened up the beef supply, driving up prices. With high feeder cattle prices and good pastures, producers are now looking to increase the breeding herd, which eventually will bring prices down.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Wet hay may cause a barn fire

by WLJ
This season has been a problem because the number of days between rain has not been adequate, in many cases, to allow cut forage to dry to a safe moisture level when stored as hay, Keith Johnson said. Farmers that rushed to bale hay without using a preservative when moisture content was greater than 20 percent are at risk.

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Friday, July 25,2014

BLM fire program to focus on wildlife

by WLJ
As an integral part of its collaborative efforts with the states and other federal agencies to conserve sage grouse habitat and that of more than 350 other wildlife species including mule deer and pronghorn antelope that share habitat, the Bureau of...

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Friday, July 25,2014

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In addition, 500 dam sites will also be assessed for safety through Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Watershed Rehabilitation Program. The projects were identified based on recent rehabilitation investments and the potential risks to life and property if a dam failure occurred.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Managing feedlot cattle to eliminate stress during a heat wave

by WLJ
Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize the impact on their cattle.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Recycled water deemed suitable for irrigation

by WLJ
Last year was California’s driest on record, and the state is now in its third straight year of drought. Growers have fallowed fields they can’t irrigate, ranchers have sold cattle they can’t feed, and the state wants cities to cut water use by 20 percent.

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Thursday, July 24,2014

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; July 24

by DTN
Aggressive packer spending surfaced in parts of the North today with light to moderate trade volume evident in Nebraska and Iowa. Most dressed deals were around $257, roughly $10 above last week's weighted average basis Nebraska.

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Thursday, July 24,2014

DAILY FED CATTLE; July 24

by WLJ
Thus far for Thursday, negotiated cash trade was limited in the Texas Panhandle and light in Kansas on good demand with a few sales at 162.00 however, not enough sales for an adequate market test.

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Monday, July 21,2014

EPA that ends well

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The EPA and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced mid- June that a long-running program, which made surplus military vehicles available to civilian organizations such as voluntary rural fire fighters, would end. The result would have cut off the availability of low- or no-cost equipment upon which rural and voluntary fire agencies depend.

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