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Friday, May 22,2009

Fed trade steady

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade started at steady money last week in most areas with initial trade at $84-85 live basis in Texas, Colorado and Nebraska. Early live sales in Nebraska were in the $135-136 range. Market analysts predicted trade would come in steady with the prior week at mostly $84-85 live and $135-138 when fully developed last week.

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Friday, May 22,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Managerial changes require a review of both the positive and negative. Previous discussion on changing the calving date has resulted in two major points: reducing the cows winter feeding costs and lowering the death loss among newborn calves. Both significantly affect the bottom line.

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Friday, May 22,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Richard Earl (Dick) Mahon Sr. passed away at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, ID, on May 12, 2009. He was born on the Historic Mahon Ranch in Elk Grove, CA, on Jan. 12, 1926, to John William and Bertha Mae (Nelmes) Mahon. He graduated from Elk Grove Union High School and earned an athletic scholarship to Stanford University.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Maximize only balance

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Stop trying to get maximum production. No more topping last years average daily gains. Enough with the peak efficiencies and quit angling for record marbling scores every time. Does that advice cause a pause? Reaching those goals takes years of focus, so it can be hard to let go, even if the long-term profitability of your farm or ranch depends on it.

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Friday, May 22,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Washington, D.C., is a busy place and the volume of legislation going through there is overwhelming. Too much for my liking. The irony is that most of it is overwhelmingly stupid. It’s no secret that we live in a global economy; that’s just the way it is. Passing free trade agreements is

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Friday, May 22,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
In a conference call reviewing earnings for JBS USA, CEO Wesley Batista said in order to improve his companys financial performance, his company will try to cut costs and expand its export business, of which Japan plays a crucial part. Batista expressed confidence that Japans age limit, which currently limits imports of U.

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Friday, May 22,2009

CSU Extension beef feedlot field day

by WLJ
The Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Beef Team is pleased to announce the 2009 beef producer field day taking place on Friday, June 19. This years program will be held at the feedlot of Teague Diversified in Fort Morgan, CO, and will showcase a variety of topics pertinent to todays beef industry.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Recession affects relative importance of carcass weight, yield, quality grade

by WLJ
The economy is upsidedown, and so are determinants of carcass value. Whether these are shortlived aberrations or signs that long-held paradigms are shifting, the current landscape provides fodder for debate.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Leopold Conservation Award to be presented to Mesa de Maya Ranch

by WLJ
The Wisconsin-based conservation organization Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemens Association, the Colorado Cattlemens Agricultural Land Trust, and EnCana Oil Gas (USA) Inc., is proud to name John and Carolyn Dohertys Mesa de Maya Ranch as the winner of the 2009 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Climate bill silent on ag offsets

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A chairmans draft of legislation on climate change released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee spells out no clear role for agriculture in providing carbon offsets for industry.

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