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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

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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Friday, October 17,2014

BQA, a point of pride

by WLJ
At the Padlock Ranch, we strive to manage the resources and assets of the ranch for long-term sustainability, and the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program (BQA) helps us meet our goal of producing quality beef.

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Friday, October 17,2014

50 cattle shot in embattled Nevada

by WLJ
As of Oct. 13, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau, Department of Agriculture, ranchers affected over the past three years, businesses, and concerned citizens have continued to build a reward fund now totaling $8,850 for the arrest and an...

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Friday, October 17,2014

October rain equals stocker demand

by WLJ
The formula is pretty simple. Winter wheat planting in Oklahoma this fall is ahead of normal pace and the best in several years. All that is lacking in many cases is a rain to get the wheat up or connect surface moisture with subsoil moisture and keep the wheat growing.

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