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Tuesday, December 30,2008

Cash trade picks up despite short market week

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle trade started last week off light, but as the holiday break approached and packers began offering $135 on a dressed basis, trading picked up rapidly. Selling interest for the dressed deals significantly outstripped that of the live cattle, as the few deals done in the south early last week hovered in the $84-85 range.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The report from the human side of the chute was not very good. We had 32 open heifers that were pastured together and exposed to one bull. The bull had passed the breeding soundness exam. He was at least interested in the heifers at the time of turnout. Once we had the news, the bull was brought in for a recheck.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

LETTERS

by WLJ
Hello, I want to notify you that cattle grazing on public land is in jeopardy like never before. In Oregon, the BLM is conducting a public comment period on the John Day Basin Resource Management Plan. Comments are due by Jan. 29, 2009. One of the main issues is that the BLM wants to close public land to OHVs and ATVs.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

BEEF bits

by WLJ
In order to better match supply with shrinking demand, Tyson Foods Inc. is cutting both beef and chicken production, the latter of which marks a significant development in the poultry industry, according to Stephens Inc. analyst Farha Aslam. While the beef cuts are positive, the chicken cuts are truly significant, Aslam wrote in a note to investors.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

Forage feeding losses can add up

by WLJ
A lot of long hours and expense are invested into harvesting quality forages and storing them for use at a later time. As a producer, you wouldnt dream of throwing away one-third of the forages that were intended to be fed to the cow herd. Many times, thats what happens when livestock are allowed unlimited access to hay in a feeding situation.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

Cow/calf economics have changed

by WLJ
People who study change and its causes have observed that change is often caused by a disturbance. Production agriculture is in a period of rapid change, with an economic environment that many have never experienced.

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Friday, December 19,2008

Fed cattle trade gains traction

by WLJ
Ahead of the holiday-shortened week, fed cattle trade was underway early last Thursday with prices gaining $1-2 over the prior weeks levels.

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Friday, December 19,2008

On the agenda

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It was announced last week that the new secretary of Interior will be Sen. Ken Salazar, D-CO. Prior to the announcement, it seemed that he wasnt even a candidate. On the surface, he seems okay for the cattle business, given his background. Salazar, former Colorado attorney general, grew up in the cattle and farming business.

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Friday, December 19,2008

BEEF bits

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The Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand posted sales of 634 million pounds in 2008, the highest mark in its 30-year history, the Wooster, OH-based company announced. The achievement was an increase of 51 million pounds, or 8.8 percent, compared with 2007 sales.

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Friday, December 19,2008

Sen. Ken Salazar to lead Department of the Interior

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
After weeks of speculation surrounding who would be President-elect Barack Obamas choice for secretary of the Interior, Sen. Ken Salazar, D-CO, has been confirmed as the next leader of the department. It was announced on Monday, Dec. 15 that Salazar was Obamas pick, followed by Salazars acceptance of the position on Dec.

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