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Friday, September 4,2009

Market-ready fed cattle supplies start to tighten

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was working toward resolving the last of the supply issues last week as feedlots reportedly moved good numbers of heavy cattle, particularly in parts of the Corn Belt where they had been stacking up in some feedlots. Trade last Wednesday on dressed cattle was in the $130-131 range for the region.

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Friday, September 4,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The first time I spoke with Wesley Batista at JBS headquarters in Greeley, CO, he told me that they were contrarians and opportunistic. When everyone wants out of a business, they want in. His family showed those cards again last week, making a bid to buy Pilgrim’s Pride poultry

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Friday, September 4,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
A land mapping of ecosites in pastures is helping producers determine stocking rates. This mapping process identifies potential forage production for all the individual ecosites to determine the number of acres needed to provide the nutritional requirement for a cow for a month.

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Friday, September 4,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to look into Canadas complaint that South Koreas sixyear ban on Canadian beef is in violation of world trade rules, Canadian officials said last week. WTO will set up a dispute settlement panel, at Canadas request, to decide whether South Koreas ban violates its obligations under the WTO.

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Friday, September 4,2009

GLCI conference in Reno, Dec. 13-16

by WLJ
The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) and the Society for Range Management are set to cohost the Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands in Reno, NV, Dec. 13-16, 2009.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Consumer Beef Index shows upswing in beef attitudes

by WLJ
A July 2009 study called the Consumer Beef Index was conducted on behalf of the beef checkoff as a tool used to provide a measure of change in consumer demand for beef.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Cattle price volatility will continue, says economist

by WLJ
Cattle market volatility and big price variations are still with us, Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center director, said recently at the University of NebraskaLincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Open House. Were really in the worst recession or contraction since 1929, Robb said.

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Friday, September 4,2009

AHA announces fall 2009 Gold TPR breeders

by WLJ
Sixteen dedicated Hereford breeders achieved Gold TPR TM (Total Performance Records) status for fall 2009, according to the American Hereford Association (AHA). The Gold TPR Breeder recognition is presented to progressive Hereford breeders who have measured traits and collected and promptly submitted performance data at all levels of production.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Numbers vary on land use change as a result of climate legislation

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Some agricultural opponents of climate change legislation argue the U.S. could lose significant crop acres to forestry, but others worry about cleaner energy demanding more cropland to grow biofuels and renewable electricity. One of the key battles on climate legislation right now is just how much land shifting would occur.

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Friday, September 4,2009

WESTERN wanderings

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
Wander, wander: The Positermilogicalextitudinarian is gone. Dean H. Parker passed away recently and his passing brought back a flood of memories for me. Dean was one of the all-time great horse auctioneers. Early in my career, Dean took a liking to me and hauled me to many of the top horse sales in the country.

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