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Friday, December 31,2010

Marketing challenges

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Most market analysts are expecting 2011 to be a good year for the cattle industry. The USDA forecast is calling for a 2 percent reduction in beef output next year which should shore up the supply side of the market. The supply side of live cattle markets is in a positive situation for the year ahead and for

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Friday, December 31,2010

JBS joins Cargill with third-party video surveillance in packing plants

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
With packers facing ever-increasing scrutiny of animal handling practices and food safety, the Beef Division of JBS USA Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of JBS S.A., the world’s largest beef producer and exporter of processed beef, announced Dec. 2 that it will be implementing a remote video auditing

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Thursday, December 23,2010

Fed cattle prices jump $3-4 higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle prices surged higher unexpectedly last week as short-bought packers were forced to pay up for their cattle needs. Prices were $3-4 higher in most areas of the country, with southern Plains trade in the $102-104 range while dressed trade in the North was confirmed from $161 to $164. The activity last Wednesday

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Thursday, December 23,2010

Opponents of wild horse gathers reject studies

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Few issues concerning animal welfare have become as electrifying conductors of emotion as the treatment of wild horses. And the lightning rod in the middle of this tempest is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In a redoubled effort to address the concerns of a group of vocal critics

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Thursday, December 23,2010

GUEST editorial

by WLJ
It was the afternoon of Dec. 23, 2003, when the call came in from USDA. Beef industry leadership at the national and state levels had practiced for this moment, but it was still a shock to learn that a cow of Canadian origin in Washington state had tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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Thursday, December 23,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The article titled Economics of Animal Agriculture Production, Processing and Marketing (Volume 21, No. 3, 2006), authored by Michael Boehlje, focused on issues we in the beef industry need to understand. Perhaps that understanding is the source of the continued discussion.

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Thursday, December 23,2010

Cowboy Christmas

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets have gone wild over the past couple weeks, with nice advances in last week’s markets for all classes of cattle. It appears that the managed money funds are back in the game and pushing both fed and feeder cattle contracts to new highs. Even though the cattle are the highest they have ever

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Thursday, December 23,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) said last week that it was pleased to learn of the progress made during the recent session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade on several significant trade issues. In particular, the announcement that technical discussions on re-opening the Chinese market to U.

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Thursday, December 23,2010

OBITUARIES

by WLJ
Calling himself a cattleperson first, Willey continued to run his familys century farm and ranch near Maquoketa throughout his life.

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Thursday, December 23,2010

Nebraska Cattlemen members meet; 2011 leadership elected

by WLJ
The 2010 Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) Convention held Dec. 8-10 in Kearney, NE, was well attended with over 500 individuals participating. NC members and quests enjoyed a great line of speakers and discussed numerous industry issues. NC would like to thank all the sponsors who helped make this years convention a success.

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