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Friday, April 3,2009

Working hard for the money

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
What has the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) done for you lately? As much as they possibly can, would be the answer. With cattle prices trading on the low end of the modern trading spectrum, it's assuring to know that CBB is still keeping beef in front of consumers.

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Friday, April 3,2009

WESTERN wanderings

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
It's always nice to honor people in our industry who have achieved above the ordinary and that have made a difference in the industry. And it's even better when these honors come along and you know the recipients. Such is the case as I write this column.

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Friday, April 3,2009

USMEF, Nebraska Beef Council team up for short rib promotion in Korea

by WLJ
U.S. beef exports continue to gain ground in South Korea, with beef short ribs being one of the most favored cuts for Korean cuisine. The market is fiercely competitive, however, and Korean consumers are in search of high-quality items that deliver excellent value.

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Friday, April 3,2009

PLC and NCBA meet with agriculture secretary

by WLJ
The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NC- BA) met with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Chief of Staff Carole Jett last week. The meeting focused on priority issues for the beef industry and livestock ranchers on federal lands, including trade, animal identification, and conservation.

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Friday, April 3,2009

Weather remains an unknown for alfalfa production

by DTN
Barring any unforeseen weather factors, the coming growing season should be favorable for alfalfa, according to Dr. Bruce Anderson, professor of agronomy at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Conditions are good for a pretty favorable growing season so far, Anderson said.

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Friday, April 3,2009

Ranch Hand Rodeo weekend a winner

by WLJ
The Ranch Hand Rodeo weekend certainly lived up to its reputation as Winnemucca's biggest event. Four very competitive events joined with the already hot Ranch Hand Rodeo from Feb.

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Friday, April 3,2009

Dairy cull expected to cut into beef market

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was sluggish at midweek last week, with little activity in the market as of midday Thursday. Analysts said they expected trade to come in at least steady with the previous week. However, a surge in the futures markets last Thursday had improved feedlot optimism.

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Friday, April 3,2009

Beef Bits

by WLJ
The Japanese government said March 27 it would once again allow beef shipments from a plant owned by JBS/Swift &Co. in Grand Island, NE. The plant has been banned since October 2008 after it shipped nine boxes of variety meats to Japan without the proper documentation to prove that the product originated from cattle 20 months of age or younger.

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Friday, March 27,2009

Fed cattle steady to higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle markets looked to be moving higher again last week as market analysts predicted late week trade would come at prices $1 above the previous week when trade unfolded. A strong late-winter storm predicted for the southern Plains had feedlot managers sticking to prices in the $85 range, and analysts called for trade in a range of $83-84 live and $133-134 dressed when it finally got underway last week, prices which would be steady to $1 higher than the prior week?s trade.

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Friday, March 27,2009

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
There is only one way to phrase the nature of the congressional aggression over the AIG bonus situation last week: ?out of control.? The House of Representatives voted to pass a targeted tax on AIG employees who received bonuses. But it didn?t appear that the Senate wanted anything to do with the issue.

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