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Friday, December 12,2014

Slow beef marketings reduce 2014 production estimates

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
All was quiet on the agricultural supply front last week. The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report showed very little movement in grains, and minimal activity in meats relative to past reports, though beef led the total meat production estimates downward while pork led the meat import numbers upward.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Understanding dietary needs, conflicts of range livestock, wildlife

by WLJ
The bulletin—“Dietary composition and conflicts of livestock and wildlife on rangeland”—was written by Derek Scasta, Assistant Professor and Extension Rangeland Specialist. It focused on where the dietary needs of different grazers of the West overlap and potentially cause conflict.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Variety meat demand boosts October beef, pork exports

by WLJ
October beef exports were up 2 percent from a year ago to 109,858 metric tons (mt), while export value was a record-high $687.1 million— up 22 percent from a year ago. Muscle cut volume was down 2 percent to 76,472 mt, but still increased 19 percent in value to $596.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Charity gives a boost that lasts a lifetime

by WLJ
Since its beginning, Heifer International has helped more than 22.6 million hungry families in the United States and 125 other countries move toward self-reliance through the gift of food- and incomeproducing animals, according to Allison Stephens, with Heifer International.

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Friday, December 12,2014

NWSS, Chevy to host ´BBQ Throwdown´

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) announced last week that Chevrolet will be a returning sponsor for the 109th Stock Show. National Western and Chevrolet have teamed up to present the first ever barbecue competition to take place at the 2015 Stock Show.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Farming, ranching is more than a livelihood: It's a way of life

by WLJ
If farming and ranching were simple endeavors, everyone would be involved in production agriculture because those who have the fortitude are drawn to the way of life as much, if not more, than the livelihood.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Klamath Basin: A lesson in war tactics, bias, distortion

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Some farmers and ranchers in Northern California and southern Oregon think that both strategies are being used against them in the Klamath River watershed. In 2002, a federal judge granted the Klamath Tribes senior water rights in the Klamath Basin.

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Wednesday, December 10,2014

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; Dec. 10

by DTN
Except for a small handful of bids in the South, cattle country was extremely quiet Wednesday. Asking prices remained firm at $168-$170 in the South and $268-plus in the North.

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Wednesday, December 10,2014

DAILY FED CATTLE; Dec. 10

by WLJ
Trading is mostly inactive in all regions Wednesday on light demand. Not enough sales in any area for an adequate market test. In the Texas Panhandle two weeks ago, live sales traded at 172.00-173.00 on a very light test.

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Monday, December 8,2014

USTR appeals WTO COOL ruling ... again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the U.S. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) decided to move forward with an appeal of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against U.S.’ country of origin labeling (COOL). On Oct. 20, WTO ruled against the U.S.

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