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Thursday, December 31,2009

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Help from hogs

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Beef markets have been frightfully stagnant this past year and that has weighed heavily on live cattle prices. The last big rally we had in beef sales was about 16 months ago when the export market exploded with the opening of the South Korean market and the Russians were very short on meat. Cutout values ran up to the $1.70 level and cleared

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Thursday, December 31,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As the year comes to a close, many thoughts come to mind. These thoughts are embedded with questions. What makes these thoughts unique for each person is a combination of time and place. Questions for older or younger people are anchored at a different point in time.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Kay’s Korner

How many cows do you have?

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Why is it that packers disclose so much information about their business, but beef cattle producers so little? The contrast has fascinated me ever since I started surveying the industry’s largest packers, cattle feeders and cow/calf producers back in the late 1980s. Packers were initially reluctant to provide slaughter capacity or annual slaughter or sales data. But they soon realized

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Thursday, December 31,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Legislators are expected to vote on the amendment in early 2010, Wang Jin-pyng, president of the islands legislature, said after the ruling Kuomintang party and opposition Democratic Progressive Party came to an in-principle agreement to reinstate the ban.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Idaho feedlot manager receives fine

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cory King, a manager at Double C Farms who operates a 400-acre feedlot near Burley, ID, has been ordered to pay $5,000 in fines, plus serve three years of probation and four months of home detention, following his conviction for violating federal...

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Grass-N-Beef Research Review set for Jan. 20

by WLJ
The event, which will be held in the centers conference room, begins at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome from Paul Nyren, center director. Ken Grafton, director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and dean of NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, will follow with opening remarks.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Cellulosic-ethanol mandate snagged

by DTN
Cellulosic-ethanol production, a cornerstone of the U.S. governments plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions, is earmarked to overtake corn ethanol over the next decade. But the industrys expected takeoff could be delayed by a year.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Multi-paddock cattle grazing provides efficiency and profits

by WLJ
Short grazing periods on multiple paddocks within a pasture can not only restore forage conditions, but also profit margins, according to a Texas AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Richard Teague, AgriLife Research range ecologist in Vernon, TX, has been studying the benefits of multi-paddock grazing for the past eight years.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

ICA president resigns post

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Tom McDonnell, executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) since April 2009, has resigned his position effective Dec. 8. Contacted by Western Livestock Journal, McDonnell declined to comment about his resignation, but said he was considering several promising options.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

2010 Coors exhibit plans full schedule

by WLJ
The 2010 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale is fast approaching and promises to be another outstanding display of western art. The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is proud to continue their collaboration with the Denver Art Museums Petrie Institute of Western American Art and present WinterWest, Denvers Premier Western Art Celebration.

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