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Friday, January 15,2010

Fed cattle market firm

Optimism boosts feeder cattle markets nationwide.

by WLJ
After very limited trade in the southern Plains during the previous week, cattle feeders in Texas sold cattle early last week with Wednesday trade coming in the $85-85.50 range on a live basis. Corn Belt trade occurred in a range of $136-138 dressed while live cattle sold at $84-85 in the region. The advance in the boxed beef markets

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Friday, January 15,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The center sold 2-year-old replacement bred heifers and 3-year-old bred cows. The bred heifers marketed in late October weighed 982 pounds and averaged $721 per head. The bred heifers marketed in mid-November weighed 1,105 pounds and averaged $925 per head.

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Friday, January 15,2010

No boundaries

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
When cattlemen trudge through four-foot snow drifts in 30-mile-per-hour winds and single-digit temperatures to check on a sick calf, it isnt exactly the same picture of serenity. At that moment, northern producers must think they must live in the toughest place in the world for raising cattle.

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Friday, January 15,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has delayed indefinitely implementing a final rule adding the Republic of Korea to the list of regions that are considered free of rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). An outbreak of FMD was reported by the Republic of Korea on Jan.

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Friday, January 15,2010

NRCS accepts applications for FRPP

by WLJ
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), a voluntary conservation program that helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture.

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Friday, January 15,2010

AFBF livestock outlook in 2010: Optimism tempered with caution

by WLJ
Feed grain prices remain historically high but have stabilized in recent months. Increasing grain and oilseed stocks have reduced some of the pressure on grain prices that has been the dominant feature of those markets since late 2006, Anderson said.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Funding available for Texas grassland owners

by WLJ
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to participate in USDAs Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), a $4.6 million conservation program in Texas.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Third annual Cattlemens Day scheduled at UNLs Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory

by WLJ
The third annual Cattlemens Day and Trade Show at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory (GSL) on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, will provide an update on beef and range research going on at GSL, said Rick Funston, University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) Extension beef reproductive physiology specialist.

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Friday, January 15,2010

2010 National Beef Ambassadors attend Certified Angus Beef seminar

by WLJ
The 2010 National Beef Ambassador Team, consisting of Ellen Hoffschneider, NE, Rebecca Vraspir, WY, Malorie Bankhead, CA, Amanda Laurent, TX, and Jackson Alexander, OK, recently had the opportunity to learn about the history of branded beef and how it relates to everyday consumers.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Are higher cattle prices ahead?

by WLJ
2009 was certainly a disappointing year for cattle prices. Many cattle producers want to know if cattle prices will increase, and when that might happen. The simple answer is yes, cattle prices will increase. However, the timing and magnitude of the increase is difficult to answer with any degree of certainty.

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