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Friday, February 19,2010

North Dakota brand renewal period begins in August 2010

by WLJ
North Dakota requires brands to be renewed every five years and, by law, brands will expire after Dec. 31, 2010.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Storms slow beef sales

Fed cattle trade falls $1-2

by WLJ
The fed cattle market softened a little more last week as early trade was hampered by heavy carcass weights, deliveries of heavy cattle against the October live cattle contract, and continued erosion in boxed beef prices. Early trade in the northern Plains

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Friday, February 12,2010

"Eco-Cowboys" aims to bring ranching to television

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Imagine this. You come in from feeding, flop down in your recliner, and turn on the Discovery Channel, expecting the usual overheated fare of tomb raiding and conspiracy theories. Instead, you are greeted by the familiar face of Baxter Black, iconic cowboy poet, author, and humorist, sharing his

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Friday, February 12,2010

Goodbye NAIS! Hello?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
USDA announced last week that they were altering their plans for the very unpopular National Animal Identification System (NAIS). When USDA held a series of producer input meetings last year, they certainly got an earful of negative responses. Therefore, USDA has decided to stop pursuing

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Friday, February 12,2010

Bull Tales

by WLJ
A while back, two buckaroos were riding drag on a bunch of Brahma cross cattle deep in the desert of southeastern Oregon. They turned and saw a shiny, white BMW approaching from behind on the dirt road. The driverobviously a touristrolled down his window and asked if he could move past the herd.

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Friday, February 12,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
That is a very relevant point. The art of livestock selection started centuries ago when producers realized that if they kept back a particular animal, the progeny of that animal tended to look like that animal. If both the sire and dam of the progeny were of a desirable type, then the offspring tended to be even more desirable.

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Friday, February 12,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
China declared a new food safety campaign last week after contaminated products from an earlier scandal showed up repackaged in several places around the country, exposing weaknesses in the countrys promise to stop such problems from happening again.

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Friday, February 12,2010

California rains lead to hope for a rangeland revival

by WLJ
Autumn and winter rains have transformed many California pastures: Rangeland grasses and other forage have germinated and started to recover. Many stock ponds have refilled. Some ranchers are even starting to talk about expanding their herds. But most remain cautious.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Plan to cut agricultural subsidies likely dead in Congress

by DTN
If history and the political lineup are any guides, President Barack Obamas latest effort to cut subsidies for wealthy farmers likely will fare no better than his first tryor his predecessors attempt.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Why retain ownership of cattle?

by WLJ
The phrase from farm to fork has been well used to trace food products from the farmgate to the plate and to demonstrate the interest of many farmers in showing their concerns about quality to the consumer. But the same vertical supply chain may be financially beneficial if farmers are able to share in the profitability the entire route as well.

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