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Thursday, December 24,2009

Weather impact helps push fed trade higher

by WLJ
In an effort to wrap up trade ahead of the long holiday weekend and an approaching winter storm, fed cattle trade started on Tuesday last week with live cattle in the southern tier selling mostly $1 higher at $82 live in Kansas and $83 in Texas. Dressed trade in the northern Plains and Corn Belt traded mostly $3 higher than the previous week

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Thursday, December 24,2009

COMMENTS

Creating an image

by Pete Crow - Publisher
We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to an even better New Year. During 2009, the cattle industry faced many challenges. We had fed cattle prices that didn’t support a profitable feeding sector and they experienced perhaps their worst year on record. Forecasters are calling for a better 2010 for cattle feeders which will

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Thursday, December 24,2009

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been cracking down on individuals and small businesses including farmers, ranchers and horse ownerswith increased tax audits and aggressive tactics to collect taxes. The tactics include an increased volume of audits, and more bank levies and liens on real property.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As we age, we gain wisdom through life experiences. Although these experiences may be very difficult at times, we generally emerge with more insight and understanding as we follow the many trails we take in life.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
National Beef Inc. said that it would indefinitely postpone its initial public offering (IPO) of stock last week as a result of the soft market environment in New York. Today, National Beef postponed its planned initial public offering due to current weakness in the IPO market, a spokesman said after the announcement.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

NDSU Feedlot School set

by WLJ
Topics will include feeding programs; feeds and animal requirements; optimizing nutrient use; carcass quality; facility management; diseases, treatments and health programs; feed delivery; bunk reading; waste and nutrient management; ration...

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Thursday, December 24,2009

Vilsack orders climate change model update

by DTN
If landowners plant trees to the extent the model suggests, this would be disruptive to agriculture in some regions of the country, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. I dont believe the results ... are necessarily an accurate depiction of the impacts of climate legislation.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

K-State offers planning, other help for producers

by WLJ
Even at this time of year when American farm families are typically looking forward to planning for the new year, some are struggling. A spouse may have lost an off-farm job, a family member may not fully know his place in an operation, and others have been hit by low prices for what they produce.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

Ben and Nita Houston to receive Friend of the National Western Stock Show honors

by WLJ
Houston, and his wife of 59 years, Nita, have owned the Aristocrat Angus Ranch west of Platteville, CO, since 1965. But that is only part of the reason they will be named the 2010 Friend of the National Western Stock Show by the Red Meat Club of Denver at the stock show next month.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

Kobe Beef America founder honored with achievement award

by WLJ
Recently, Kobe Beef America (KBA) proudly announced that R.L. Freeborn, president and founder, was awarded the American Wagyu Association 2009 Producer of the Year Award. Freeborn pioneered the development of Wagyu cattle in the U.S., taking the famous animal typically used for Japanese delicacies and creating an American-style Kobe beef.

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