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Monday, April 7,2014

Lesser prairie-chicken listed as threatened

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USFWS announced the final listing of the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency did however add a final special rule that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from the listing. Under the law, a “threatened” listing means the species is likely to become in danger of ex tinction.

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Monday, April 7,2014

Debate heats up over bison safety

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Management of wild bison in and around Yellowstone National Park is by far one of the most heated debates of Yellowstone’s resource issues. All of the interested parties bring their own wideranging values and objectives to the debate, with some relying on common sense and science, and others bringing in history and sentiments.

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Monday, April 7,2014

Feeders leave fed cattle in the dust

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed cattle trade decided to play an opposite day prank for the week of April Fools. Compared to the prior week, where the bulk of a very large weekly cash fed trade took place early in the week for surprisingly higher money, last week was sluggish, inactive, and what few trades did occur prior to publishing were depressed.

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Monday, April 7,2014

Climate change's impacts on U.S. agriculture

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Though the voluminous work covered a myriad of literally global topics, its impact on agriculture was a frequent theme. And unsurprisingly, one environmental group’s response to the report was entertainingly agriculturallythemed—cherry-picking—though they seemed to be reaching for fruit that wasn’t there.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
this year,” cover, Mar. 24] was very informative. Have been involved in the federal agency water right confiscation scheme in NV. All of this information is timely and ac curate.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Kay's Korner

The red-hot market

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
What an incredible time to have young cattle to sell. As I write this, calves weighing 600 to 650 pounds are selling for $197 to $206 per cwt at Oklahoma City. Not far behind them are 650 to 700 pounders at $188-189, 700 to 750 pounders at $178- 187.50, 750 to 800 pounders at $174.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Did You Know?

Consumer taste sets target for beef

by WLJ
In 2014, the share of cattle grading Choice is averaging nearly 67 percent, compared to the mid- to low-50 percent area just a few years ago. Percent Prime is averaging over 4 percent. Angus-type cattle qualifying for the Certified Angus Beef brand are up from 24-25 percent a year ago to a range of 26-29 percent for early 2014.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Governing by emotion

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I just can’t seem to get California’s Proposition 2 egg law off my mind this week. In 2008, California voters passed a measure on the general ballot to ban the use of battery cages for egg laying hens; it was inhumane to put those birds in those small cages.

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Friday, April 4,2014

BPI wins first victory with judgeās ruling on LFTB

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Beef Products Inc. filed a lawsuit against ABC in September of 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. The South Dakota company says the television network’s coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

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Friday, April 4,2014

The need to measure ranch economic sustainability

by WLJ
It’s common for food service providers and retailers to communicate that they are committed to sourcing food from sustainable beef production systems.

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