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Friday, November 6,2009

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The U.S.s shrinking cattle population is becoming a huge concern for the beef industry. The main reason for the declining numbers is lack of profitability. Cattle feeders in particular have lost billions of dollars in equity in the past two years. The main reason for this is high input costs and weak beef demand due to the recession.

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Friday, November 6,2009

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Fed cattle processors enjoyed their best August operating margins since 2003. The real story, though, is that they achieved this not at the expense of cattle feeders. In fact, the opposite occurred. Cattle feeders enjoyed a strong and much-needed rally in prices.

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Friday, November 6,2009

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Go into any supermarket and youll find that most poultry items are branded with a company name. These include Tyson, Perdue and Pilgrims, which is soon to be majority-owned by JBS. Branded beef is much harder to find. There are niche brands such as Harris, Maverick, Lauras Lean and Coleman.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Fall market pressures make feeding culls attractive

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
For producers on a fall weaning schedule, October and November are typically when cow productivity is reevaluated and cull cows are pulled from the herd. For some producers, marketing culls involves little more than hauling them to the sale as quickly as possible, regardless of the fact

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Friday, November 6,2009

Fed trade comes in steady

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade last week started off at mostly steady money in the northern tier and Corn Belt regions. Wednesday trade in Nebraska came at $134 dressed and $87 live and Iowa trade was reported at $133 dressed. The few cattle traded in the southern Plains were also

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Friday, November 6,2009

Manure emissions report delayed

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Farmers and ranchers won’t be required for at least a year to report livestock manure as greenhouse gas emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanks to the efforts of Reps. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Tom Latham, R-IA. The Senate version of the Interior & Environment Appropriations Act of FY2010 excluded a provision

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Friday, November 6,2009

Rustlers roam western states

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As fall roundups get into full swing and cattle begin to come in off summer ranges, ranchers in some areas may need to look closely and make sure their cattle are all present. Whether the result of a bad economy or simple greed, livestock theft seems to be a growing problem in many western

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Friday, November 6,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The fall of the year is the time to make herd evaluations and managerial and nutritional improvements without fighting the weather. The key to understanding the overall performance of a herd is

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Friday, November 6,2009

LETTERS

by WLJ
Dear Pete, That was a great article you wrote in the (Western Livestock) Journal on Oct. 5, 2009. Pollan certainly does not know hardly anything about the cattle business and the food everybody eats.

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Friday, November 6,2009

ADM reports 53 percent drop in Q1 profit

by WLJ
The head of Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) said last Tuesday that she remained optimistic that U.S. farmers could bring in a late harvest despite poor weather that has raised fears of reduced supply and yields.

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