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Friday, January 23,2009

Saving a buck

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
These are penny-pinching times. Thermostats and consumer spending are down. People are traveling less and doing without frills. Cattlemen often embrace this conservative spirit, even in the good years. We know that the cattle cycle turns, and favorable prices can only last so long.

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Friday, January 23,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Last week, the report card on bull S48 was to keep him for the 2009 breeding season. This periodic review is used on all bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout a bulls life. The first evaluation of older bulls is for soundness, because putting resources into a bull that has limited breeding capacity is impractical.

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Friday, January 23,2009

BEEF bits

Restaurant unit count flat in 2008

by WLJ
U.S. restaurant industry unit count was flat in 2008, compared to 2 percent growth in 2007, according to a census of U.S. commercial restaurant locations conducted each spring and fall by market research company the NPD Group. Major chain restaurant units (more than 500 units), were up 1 percent.

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Friday, January 23,2009

Caribbean emerges as strong growth market for U.S. lamb

by WLJ
Exports of U.S. lamb to the Caribbean have increased at a rapid pace in 2008, further establishing this island region as the top destination for U.S. lamb in terms of value.

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Friday, January 23,2009

Conference focuses on agritourism

by WLJ
From spending a week working cattle on a ranch to getting lost in a corn maze, agritourism activities are popping up across the state. To help farmers and ranchers learn more about agritourism, a workshop is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2009, in Byers, CO.

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Friday, January 23,2009

Breed Show Results

by WLJ
Reserve Grand Champion Bull - William Wilson, Cloverdale, IN Grand Champion Heifer - Calli Bayer, Ringle, WI Reserve Grand Champion Heifer - Zane Barragree, Absarokee, MT Grand Champion Spring Bull Calf - Gary Dameron, Lexington, IL Reserve Grand...

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Friday, January 23,2009

Feedlot Roundtable offered in Norfolk, Lexington or Bridgeport

by WLJ
Feedlot managers, owners, employees and allied industry will learn the latest on feedlot management at the 2009 Nebraska Beef Feedlot Roundtable Feb. 10- 12 in Norfolk, Lexington or Bridgeport. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension meeting will be offered Feb.

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Friday, January 23,2009

SALE reports

by WLJ
MILE HIGH RED ANGUS CLASSIC - NWSS Jan. 12, Denver, CO 8 Bulls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,013 21 Open females . . . . . . . . . 2,726 1 Bred females. . . . . . . . . . . 4,800 13 Embryos . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,950 1 Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,500 3 Flushes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,333 6 Semen . . .

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Friday, January 23,2009

California and Nevada beef councils join to better promote beef

by WLJ
When the national Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill, the checkoff was assessed at $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle.

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Friday, January 23,2009

Sale of Junior Livestock Champions

by WLJ
Of the thousands of junior market animals that compete at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) each year, only 90 of the very best are at the exciting Auction of Junior Livestock Champions held Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Beef Palace Auction Arena.

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