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Thursday, December 31,2009

Southwest Beef Symposium offers cattle producers tools for better management

by WLJ
Cattle producers can expect to receive the tools they need to better manage their herds at the 2010 Southwest Beef Symposium Jan. 20-21 in Tucumcari, NM.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

As much as 100 million bushels of corn could be lost

by DTN
As much as 100 million bushels of U.S. corn could be lost after heavy snowstorms in recent days likely delayed until spring the final stages of an already historically slow harvest, analysts and meteorologists said last Monday..

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Beef producers must set the stage for Asian beef trade boom

by WLJ
Basse says beef consumption in the U.S. is at its lowest level in 12 years, but demand around the world is increasing with population and wealth from India to China. Until 1998, the average Chinese person made less than $1,000 a year. Today, its $3,900 and rising.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

Conference brings ranchers, scientists to Nevada

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Despite blizzards and snarled air traffic nationwide, a diverse crowd of cattle producers, range scientists and government agency employees from across the country turned out to attend last week’s Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Sparks, NV.

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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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