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Friday, March 20,2009

Checkoff programs geared at moving middle meats

by WLJ
An aggressive beef checkoff market response plan is in place to help protect beef demand in the meat case and on restaurant menus. This plan was quickly implemented in November 2008 when early economic signals indicated a need to proactively address channel and consumer purchasing decisions.

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Friday, March 20,2009

Webinars discuss retained ownership of livestock

by WLJ
Ag producers interested in learning about the practice of retained ownership of livestock are invited to participate in a series of webinars beginning this month.

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Friday, March 20,2009

Lean beef showcased at the Philadelphia Distance Run

by WLJ
The checkoff-funded Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI) partnered with the Philadelphia Distance Run, the Classic Half Marathon held Sept. 21, 2008, to position lean beef as the protein choice to fuel active bodies and to introduce more than 15,800 elite athletes and their families to beef?s nutrition platform.

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Friday, March 20,2009

Veterinary college helps cow deliver triplet bull calves

by WLJ
Senior veterinary students and faculty assisted in the delivery of triplet bull calves recently at Washington State University?s College of Veterinary Medicine. (l-r) Kelly Sandmeier, Jess Zelnik, Dr. Martha Delaney, Sara Manthey, and Jillian Saldana. ?All photos by Henry Moore Jr.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Fed cattle trade steady to $1 lower

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was starting to unfold early last week in Nebraska and Colorado at $80-80.50, or 50 cents to $1 lower than the prior week. In the southern Plains, a few dressed cattle were sold at $130 in Texas, while Kansas dressed cattle sales came in at $127 on Wednesday, lower than the previous week.

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Friday, March 13,2009

WESTERN wanderings

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
It?s interesting to get other people?s impressions on different things, espe ci al l y from folks who don?t necessarily have a background in our industry. Sometimes you can explain something to them and they still don?t have the foggiest idea of what you are talking about.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Get with the times

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It?s the 1970s. An air-dried Polaroid shows your leisure suit and platform shoes, just before you hop into your pickup and check the CB for friends talking skip. At home, you play a new video game called Pong, but don?t know anything about computers. Radio Shack?s ad on the sports page says you need one.

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Friday, March 13,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
JBS S.A. has named beef industry veteran Rich Vesta as president and chief operating officer of the company?s U.S. beef operations based in Greeley, CO, the company said in a press release.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Carbon credit market pays for practices landowners may already be using

by WLJ
For a landowner looking to turn a quick profit, the carbon credit market is not the best option, but it can offer supplementary income for conservation practices that are part of a long-term management strategy. ?This isn?t a get-rich-quick scheme,? said Gary Wyatt, an extension educator with the University of Minnesota.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Texas sponsors program to support producers hit by Hurricane Ike

by WLJ
Texas AgriLife Extension Service has pledged support for ?Operation New Fences,? a new volunteer relief effort for southeast Texas ranchers affected by Hurricane Ike. The initiative was outlined on March 5 by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples during a press conference held in Houston.

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