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Friday, March 25,2011

Settlement may return wolf management to states

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Department of the Interior and 10 environmental groups have reached an agreement to no longer designate gray wolves in Idaho and Montana as endangered and to allow for them to be hunted in those states. While supported by some wildlife advocates, other conservation groups oppose

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Friday, March 25,2011

Cattle markets reverse course to trade higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle traded last Wednesday with good volumes reportedly changing hands in most feeding regions. In the Corn Belt, where supplies of market-ready fed cattle are short, prices started mostly steady with the previous week at $184-185 dressed with late trade moving as high as $188-190 before the action was

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Friday, March 25,2011

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
In his forward to the 1943 edition of his book "Home Veterinarian’s Handbook," E. T. Baker, DVM, states: "An emergency has been defined as ‘a sudden condition requiring immediate action.’" His book listed over 700 subjects on what might ail a farm animal, including equine eye injuries. Baker definitely considered

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Friday, March 25,2011

Time to grow

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s starting to appear that some ranches are thinking about expanding their herds. If individual production sales are any indication of herd expansion, then it’s starting to happen. Our team of field men have been busy attending the sales and most of the road talk isn’t about what someone’s bulls averaged or the

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Friday, March 18,2011

House committee questions Abbey over Wild Lands

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The Department of Interior has stubbornly dug in its heels over challenges to its contentious Wild Lands Order which directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to protect lands having the "characteristics" of wilderness without the consent of Congress. Indeed, two weeks ago, Bob Abbey, director of BLM, ran a guest editorial

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Friday, March 18,2011

EPA efforts to regulate CAFOs fail in court

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Livestock producers won a major court victory last week over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA. EPA had been seeking to require livestock operations which had the potential to discharge waste into waters of the U.S. to obtain a

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Friday, March 18,2011

BeefSD helps beginning ranchers succeed

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
When you attend any gathering of ranchers, you may notice that bald and gray seem to be the trendy hairstyles. A new program in South Dakota, called beefSD, is hoping to add some younger hairstyles to these gatherings by helping less experienced ranchers get their feet in the gate of the ranching

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Friday, March 18,2011

Outside markets drive fed cattle prices lower

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade sank last week on a widespread weakness which seeped into equity and commodity markets in the wake of the disaster in Japan and concerns about the U.S. economy. Last week’s futures trade was sharply lower, with a lower trend and two limit-lower days of trade shaving more than $6 off of

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Friday, March 11,2011

Fed prices reach record highs at $117-118

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle prices surged higher again late last Wednesday with feedlots selling market-ready cattle at prices $5-6 higher than the prior week at $117-118 and $10-12 higher dressed basis at $188 to $190 with a few sales reported as high as $192 dressed. Sales volume on the midweek trade was good and at 93,000

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Friday, March 11,2011

Environmentalists speaking out for ranching

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Most ranch owners roll out of bed each morning with the intention of doing what’s right: for the cows, for the calves, and for the land they graze on. Obviously, it literally pays to be a good land steward; good grazing practices mean healthier range, taller grass, and higher weaning weights. But for most of us, doing what’s right

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