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Friday, August 22,2014

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

by WLJ
Grandin gave a lecture Aug. 14 to Texas A&M University’s department of animal science faculty. Grandin also was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctoral degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during Friday’s graduation ceremonies at Texas A&M in College Station.

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Friday, August 22,2014

BBQ beef starts to sizzle in Japan

by DTN
Japan banned beef from the U.S. and Canada in 2003 because of BSE. The beef came back in 2006, albeit limited to meat taken from cattle aged up to 20 months as an anti-BSE measure. Certain “specified risk materials” (SRMs) with high risk of carrying BSE were also forbidden.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Forest Service's 'plan revision' rejected

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington are asking the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to go back to the drawing board on a planning effort that would direct the management of three national forests in the Blue Mountain range. The plan would revise the management framework for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa- Whitman National Forests, roughly 5.

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Friday, August 22,2014

New report shows budget impact of rising firefighting costs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Vilsack shared a new report last week that showed that the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, and that the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Processing plant closures on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Tyson Foods Inc. announced last week, ahead of its purchase of Hillshire Brands Co., it will close three facilities it acquired in the 2001 purchase of beef and pork processor IBP Inc. Tyson’s closures come on the heels of Cargill’s announcement to close its Milwaukee, WI, plant and L&H’s announcement to close it San Antonio, TX, plant.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Vesicular Stomatitis cases on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Both Texas and Colorado have seen a surge in Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) cases this summer, and that has local and state official watching animal movement a little closer. The numbers have surpassed 200 in both states, with primarily horses making the list, but the two states now have added cattle to the numbers of infected.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Rising corn tide floats proteins' boats

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As with July, the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed most things up from previous estimates. Production estimates for beef, the other major competing proteins, corn, and soybeans were all up for 2014, and up for most in 2015.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Down, down they go

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade developed earlier last week than usual, though the prices left a lot to be desired from the cattle feeders’ perspective. Tuesday saw a surprising number of cattle trade in the Corn Belt at $154-155 live and $245-248 dressed. This was lower than the prior week’s cash trade, which was itself lower than the week before that.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
The “differing views” on trespass law (Western Livestock Journal, August 11, 2014, pg. 1, pg. 8) have succeeded in making a hash of a simple situation.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Black Ink

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
The homestretch is a term borrowed from horse racetracks in the 1800s to describe the final phase of any endeavor. Applying it to calves now suggests weaning is the finish line, although in the big picture we have to realize this is just one of several laps on the track of beef production.

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