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Friday, August 28,2009

Idaho senator prepares two animal welfare bills

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two pieces of legislation currently being developed by Republican state senator Tim Corder are aimed at addressing animal cruelty laws in Idaho.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Wolf hunters line up for Idaho tags

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Jeff Siddoway has a personal stake in hoping Idaho hunters will be able to kill 220 gray wolves when the states hunting season for the marauding carnivores tentatively begins on Tuesday, Sept. 1. For the St.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Drop value adds boost to fed price

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade started off with light volume last Wednesday at $130-$132 dressed in the Corn Belt along with some $131-132 dressed and $83 live trade in Nebraska. Analysts predicted that last weeks trade would move $1 higher than the prior week in most areas after support firmed in the contract markets and boxed beef showed some resiliency.

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Friday, August 28,2009

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
The beef industry is very important to not only the Colorados economy; but throughout the nation. Beef producers across the state are continually faced with increased operating costs and the threat of losing tax exemptions. When the costs of operation goes up, ranchers need to sell their beef at higher prices in order to at least break even.

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Friday, August 28,2009

COMMENTS

Time out

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The magazines cover had a package of ground beef on it with a warning label about conventionally-raised meat being hazardous to your health.

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Friday, August 28,2009

OBITUARIES

by WLJ
Auctioneer, rancher, horse breeder, pilot, Dean Parker passed away peacefully at home August 20, 2009, due to heart failure at the age of 78. Mr. Parker served the Pacific Quarter Horse Association (PCQHA) for many years as a member of the board and as auctioneer for all the PCQHA auction sales for many years.

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Friday, August 28,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has agreed to pay a $2,026,500 civil penalty to resolve wastewater issues that occurred years ago at its Dakota City, NE, beef plant, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

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Friday, August 28,2009

WCA hopes to intervene in stockwater case

by WLJ
The Washington Cattlemens Association (WCA), the oldest organization representing cow/calf and stocker producers throughout Washington, has just submitted its documents to Thurston Countys Superior Court outlining its request to intervene in the...

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Friday, August 28,2009

As margins turn negative, farm loans deteriorate

by DTN
Financial influenza could be spreading through farm country later this fall. While only a tiny fraction of all farm loans have been affected to date, the pork and dairy industries have eroded huge portions of their lifetime equity in the last year and face a wave of restructurings or forced sales in the next few months.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Grasshoppers can transmit vesicular stomatitis

by WLJ
Rangeland plants may be harboring a virus that grasshoppers are transmitting to cattle, horses and other hoofed mammals, according to a published research study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. A recent outbreak of vesicular stomatitis virus (VS) in the southwest United States has disrupted rodeos and prompted quarantines.

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