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Thursday, June 9,2011

Markets turn higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was fully developed by late last Wednesday. For the week, trade reversed its recent slide and moved $1-2 higher on live cattle in the southern Plains where cattle traded in a range of $105-106. Dressed trade in the northern tier was reported at $172-175, a level which was $3-4 higher than the

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Thursday, June 9,2011

Dividing lines

by Pete Crow - Publisher
In just a few weeks, the summer beef industry conference will be held in Orlando, FL. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Federation of State Beef Councils, state cattlemen’s associations and just about anyone else connected to the beef industry will meet to set policy and

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Friday, June 3,2011

WTO sides with Canada, Mexico over COOL

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a possible impending win for retailers, foreign trade partners, and some livestock industry interests, the World Trade Organization (WTO) indicated Friday, May 20, in a preliminary ruling that it is backing Canada and Mexico in their complaint over U.S. COOL, or

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Friday, June 3,2011

Markets trade steady after good holiday sales

by WLJ
Fed cattle traded steady last week after a hard sell-off in the futures markets pushed cattle feeders to the table to sell cattle last Wednesday. Live cattle in the southern Plains traded mostly steady to slightly firmer than the prior week at $104 while northern cattle feeders sold live

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Friday, June 3,2011

Rustling on the rise in central Idaho

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Whether the result of a struggling economy, or simple greed, instances of cattle rustling are on the increase in several western states. In few places is this more apparent than in central Idaho, where a sharp rise in the instances of apparent theft have led ranchers to band

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Friday, June 3,2011

Better business climate

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There have been quite a few political issues on the front burner lately that have a huge effect on the cattle and beef industry. The political winds appear to be shifting, and a pro-business environment seems to be slowly developing. It seems that lawmakers are at least acting serious

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Friday, June 3,2011

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle producers know only too well that a federal agency with an activist agenda can wreak a lot of havoc.

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Friday, June 3,2011

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
This week (May 30-June 3, 2011), we are honoring two engines in our nations diverse economy: trade and the American beef industry. These two engines at first look may not seem like a natural fit. However, it is telling that World Trade Week occurs during American Beef Month.

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Friday, June 3,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
After a series of videos detailing extreme, inhumane slaughter methods aired in Australia last week, offi- cials there are calling for a ban on shipments of live animals to Indonesia. The graphic videos, which aired on Australian television last Monday, prompted out- rage among Australian citizens and producers alike.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Rinderpest successfully eradicated world-wide

by WLJ
Animal health delegates meeting in Paris last week declared that rinderpest, a highly contagious disease in cattle and other animals, is eradicated, marking the first time humans have snuffed out an animal disease in the wild.

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