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Friday, March 11,2011

Market signals

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Fed cattle markets have .been trading for over $1 for 13 weeks. Cash fed cattle traded between $117-119 live and $190 in northern Plains dressed trade last week. It’s hard to imagine this market trading much higher, but all the signals point to a higher market this fall. Trading cattle at this level looks

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Thursday, March 3,2011

Ethanol is a problem

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The ethanol business has been a burr under the saddle of livestock producers ever since the government made the decision to pursue biofuels. The corn markets have been good for the farming business, but not livestock feeding. It’s an interesting relationship since many folks raise both. The current spending

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Thursday, March 3,2011

Fed cattle reach new record cash prices

by WLJ
Fed cattle prices pushed farther into record territory last week as sales in the southern Plains were reported at $112-113 live basis and at $180-182 dressed in the North and Corn Belt feeding regions. Those prices were $1-2 higher than the previous week’s trade. Trade was mostly complete by

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Thursday, March 3,2011

BLM "accelerates"reform of horse and burro plan

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
To people in the business of working with cattle and horses, the saying "slower is faster" is a time-worn chestnut. Ramming and jamming cows can cause a wholesale run-back, ruining an hour or a day’s work. Pushing a young horse or dog too hard and too fast can cause issues that take months to undo. Sometimes

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Friday, February 25,2011

Governor ends state investigation of wolf kills

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Tensions over the relisted gray wolf were ratcheted up several more notches last week when Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer issued a blunt statement to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar blasting the government for dallying over resolving the wolf issue. Schweitzer clearly indicated that Montana will

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Friday, February 25,2011

Cattle prices steady despite volatility

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade last Thursday was being reported at the $110 to $111 level in the southern Plains. Meanwhile, light dressed trade in the north and Corn Belt regions came at $174 at midweek although dressed volume was still too light to call a trend at midday last Thursday. Prices were

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Friday, February 25,2011

Wolf conflict returns to northeast Oregon

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) confirmation of two wolf kills near Joseph, OR, last week marked the predator’s return to calving grounds in Wallowa County. The event also has area ranchers concerned that they may be faced with heavy livestock losses similar to those felt in

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Friday, February 25,2011

It's global

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Fed cattle markets remain extremely good. I’ve lost track of how many weeks fed cattle have traded for over $100. The market has been so good that it has a lot of folks perplexed. The cash market traded at $109-$110 two weeks ago and was expected to trade a couple dollars higher last

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Friday, February 18,2011

Judge allows Yellowstone bison cull to proceed

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Whether more than 500 Yellowstone National Park bison should be sent to a packing plant for slaughter has turned into a legal shootout at the Stephens Creek corrals near Gardiner, MT, where the potentially infected iconic buffalo have been detained after migrating out of the park in search of food.

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Friday, February 18,2011

Judge orders remand of Nevada grazing decision

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Western Watersheds Project is on a roll. The anti-grazing group’s policy of targeting grazing permit renewals on public lands in order to curtail or eliminate livestock use has proven highly effective for the second time this year. On Feb. 11, the Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals ordered the Bureau

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