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Friday, April 16,2010

Analysts: Feeder cattle price protection warranted

by WLJ
Fed cattle prices were mostly steady last week on trade that came early. Most of the week’s action was wrapped up by Wednesday, although volumes were reportedly light, leaving many showlist cattle to carry over into the following week. Most of the week’s trade came in

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Friday, April 16,2010

Caution flag is up

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I hate to say it, but what goes up usually comes down. The stock market has been on a roll in recent weeks and the Dow has passed that magical 11,000 mark, hopefully providing fuel for improved consumer attitudes and increased discretionary spending. On the other hand

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Friday, April 16,2010

Predictable

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
These ideas are pretty much universal, but lets consider your cowherd. Across the country, cattle are getting better based on trends in daily gain, efficiency and quality grades. For decades, the improvements were uneven, giving up beef quality for better performance on the ranch or feedlot.

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Friday, April 16,2010

Bull Tales

by WLJ
Ladies and gentlemen, if you cant avoid going through a cow manure carwash, please keep your mouth closed. Most likely, you already knew that.

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Friday, April 16,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
A growing number of livestock organizations are rallying against the plan issued by USDA two weeks ago to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil. As part of the negotiation over the World Trade Organizations (WTO) ruling that the U.S. unfairly supports cotton growers, WTO allowed retaliatory tariffs to be placed on U.

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Friday, April 9,2010

Wolves come calling in Oregon

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
When Karl Patton was awoken on the night of March 20 by the sound of barking dogs, he instinctively knew trouble was afoot. His dogs were sounding a full retreat, and the 60 cows in the pair pasture adjacent to his house were anxiously calling for their calves.

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Friday, April 9,2010

Fed cattle break $1 mark

by WLJ
Early fed cattle trade last week jumped above the $1 level in nearly all of the major feeding regions. The market’s ability to defy gravity and continue to trade higher caught many analysts off-guard, showing that demand is perhaps higher than anyone expected. Trade came

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Friday, April 9,2010

Market moves on, but ...

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The cash fed cattle market advanced to over $1 this last week, and the futures went up to $99.45. This positive basis should keep cattle moving. This is about as good as it gets. Reports are that feeders are clearing $150-$200 a head on current cattle. While the recent market

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Friday, April 9,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Bulls can get sick, too. As a kid, I remember finding our bull dead. The bull was at the end of a grove of trees, the victim of blackleg. Not far away were two dead calves.

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Friday, April 9,2010

Nebraska bovine TB investigation continues

by WLJ
Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach last week provided information on the status of bovine tuberculosis (TB) testing in the state.

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