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Friday, December 5,2014

WEEKLY FEEDER CATTLE SUMMARY; Dec 5

by WLJ
Compared to two weeks ago, feeder cattle and calf markets were active following the Thanksgiving holiday week with many markets selling two weeks’ worth of receipts.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Vet's Perspective

Winter conditioning for problem calves

by WLJ
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with orphaned calves in cold fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Did You Know

Heifer retention shapes current feedlot, carcass performance

by WLJ
Sex No. In Weight Final Avg. Days Avg. Daily Feed/ Avg. Cost Weight on Feed Gain Gain (Dry Basis) % Death Loss of Gain Weight Steers 71,168 791 1,402 163 3.73 5.72 1.18 92.46 Heifers 96,537 722 1,245 159 3.26 6.15 1.27 98.61 Source: Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Focus on Feedlots newsletter (July, August and September 2014 data).

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Friday, December 5,2014

What 'coexisting' with wolves means from a rancher's perspective

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If a rancher receives cash payments in exchange for feeding his cattle or sheep to wolves, is he still a rancher? And what is a cow or a sheep truly worth? Ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico are being asked to support wolf populations on their ranches in exchange for payments from the “Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Taking on the IRS

by DTN
Over my 40-year tax career, I’ve had countless situations representing taxpayers in IRS exams. Most are resolved at various levels within the IRS, but I’ve had three get to litigation. Fortunately, all were taxpayer victories. Two of those, however, took two rounds.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Preparing beef cows for winter conditions

by WLJ
The winter of 2013-14 is fresh in the mind of most cow/calf producers. Many producers experienced severe conditions that started in October in the Dakotas and lasted until May in many states. Cold stress, mud and marginal feed quality and supplies lead to significant losses in many areas and nobody wants a repeat of last winter.

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Friday, December 5,2014

NWSS announces the 2015 Grand Marshal

by WLJ
A true Colorado native, Billups has grown up in the city that embarks on the 109th year of the National Western Stock Show.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Ranchers participate in Food for Tomorrow Conference

by WLJ
It’s estimated that today’s consumer is four generations removed from the family farm. As a result, there’s a lot of misinformation about food and the farmers who produce it. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), partially funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, took part in the first annual New York Times.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Data still not secure: EPA does not address ag privacy concerns

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Despite outcry from ag interest groups following the release of farmers’ personal information to environmental groups and others early in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last Monday the agency won’t try to keep permit details confidential under a proposal to require more data be sent to it electronically.

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Friday, December 5,2014

HSUS-backed legislation gets vetoed in NJ

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Friday, Nov. 28, Christie vetoed New Jersey Senate Bill 998, a widely supported bill that would have banned the use of gestation crates for pregnant sows in the state. While mainstream media and the Humane Society of the U.S.

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