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Friday, June 18,2010

Video auction sees strong demand and good prices

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was slow to get started last week as traders positioned themselves ahead of the Cattle on Feed Report. Early week trade in the Corn Belt was light in a range of $145-148 dressed basis while a few early trades in Kansas were reported at $91 live. The full range of trade

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Friday, June 18,2010

Anti-grazing groups sue government agencies

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Public lands grazing fees are again being targeted in the courts, this time by a coalition of groups with a common anti-grazing agenda. In a press release dated June 10, the Center for Biological Diversity, along with other organizations, announced they had filed suit against the Department of the Interior

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Friday, June 18,2010

Finding fault

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
So our logic filter for criticism is a focal point. Does it let through the social and fad-oriented opinions not backed by science? Does it allow consideration of survey data, still not consistent with science but representing a valid snapshot of what people think?.

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Friday, June 18,2010

Byproducts

by Pete Crow - Publisher
New research from Stanford University suggests that production agriculture has slowed down the pace of global warming. This bit of news should have the grow-local and organic-food wonks and the environmental global warming, anti-agriculture crowd wondering what just happened.

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Friday, June 18,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Weaning weight has moved up and down through the years, which is more than likely due to environmental factors. However, the most recent data gathered by the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Associations Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System (CHAPS) program indicates a trend of increased 205-day calf weaning weight.

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Friday, June 18,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The California Beef Council announced recently that the Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 in Santa Maria, CA, has been recognized as an Honorary California Beef Backer for its long-time support of the beef industry. The Elks were presented with the award by local rancher John Lacey at their annual Rodeo Banquet.

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Friday, June 18,2010

April exports well above 2009 levels

by WLJ
While economic conditions remain difficult for U.S. beef in Mexico, exports are thriving in all other key global markets. For the year, Mexico remains the No. 1 market in terms of both volume at 77,027 metric tons, or 169.8 million pounds (lb.), and value, at $246.

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Friday, June 18,2010

Why does the U.S. both import and export beef?

by WLJ
The job of markets is to seek out the highest value for products produced and encourage the most efficient use of resources to facilitate that production. Keeping this in mind helps explain current production and trade relationships in the U.S. beef industry.

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Friday, June 11,2010

Permit requirements spark irrigation debate

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In the Shasta and Scott River valleys of northern California, flood irrigation has been a standard practice for the agricultural community, in some cases for generations. However, according to the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), irrigation practices on the two rivers have

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Friday, June 11,2010

BLM announces wild horse management direction

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a press release dated June 3, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey revealed that the agency is taking the Federal Wild Horse and Burro Program "in an unprecedented new direction." More to the point, BLM is seeking in-depth

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