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Friday, January 30,2009

New sheep genomic tool released

by WLJ
A cutting-edge genomic resource is now available which will enhance research in sheep beyond anything that was dreamed possible just two years ago.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Study examines whether fish oil improves cattle fertility

by WLJ
USDA recently awarded University of Northern Colorado biologist Patrick Burns a $98,000 grant to study whether fish oil improves fertility, in cows. The two-year research project may also have implications on human health, fertility and treatment without side effects for conditions like arthritis.

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Friday, January 30,2009

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SALE calendar ALL BREEDS†Jan. 16- Feb. 8 – Fort Worth Stock Show, Fort Worth, TX Feb. 7 – Klamath Falls Bull Sale, Klamath Falls, OR Feb. 21 – Nevada Cattlemen’s Assn., Bull Sale, Fallon, NV Feb. 24 – Cowman’s Classic, Bull Sale, Spokane, WA Mar. 6...

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Friday, January 30,2009

Dallas Horton receives ?Consultant of the Year? award

by WLJ
At their winter meeting in Denver, CO, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, a national organization of beef cattle veterinarians, selected Dr. Dallas Horton as ?Consultant of the Year.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Veal the deal for 2009?

by WLJ
Buzz in the restaurant industry suggests veal may be a trendy product for menus in 2009, according to a dairy producer serving on the industry?s Veal Committee.

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Friday, January 23,2009

Fed trade lower despite positive packer margins

by WLJ
Northern feedlots sold inventory early in the week last week at lower money in an effort to capture some attractive basis levels. Early trade Tuesday and Wednesday came in Colorado at $81-82.50 live basis, 50 cents to $1 lower than the previous week.

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Friday, January 23,2009

COMMENTS

Danger zone

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle processing has been a bit short of expectations so far this year. Two weeks ago, packers processed only 608,000 head and last week, it looked like it would be somewhere around 620,000 head. The reduced production is almost always an effort to raise boxed beef values and improve margins and it generally works.

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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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