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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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Friday, December 19,2008

Robinson brothers named 2009 Citizens of the West

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show named Richard L. Robinson and Edward A. Robinson the 2009 Citizens of the West. The brothers will accept the prestigious award at the annual award dinner on Jan. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

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Friday, December 19,2008

Long-time volunteer, Holtgrewe, to receive Friend of the NWSS Award

by Pete Crow - Publisher
He is always there, hes always reliable, and is truly a friend of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). Virgil Holtgrewe has been a familiar face at NWSS for more than 40 years and has actively volunteered his time for 20 of those years helping guests, exhibitors and management put on the granddaddy of all livestock shows.

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Friday, December 19,2008

Dairy co-op settles CFTC charges

by WLJ
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced last week that the Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), its former chief executive officer.

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Friday, December 19,2008

SALE reports

by WLJ
Dec. 8 at the Cross Diamond Cattle Company 3rd Annual Production Sale. Scott and Kim Ford and their family did an outstanding job, presenting a strong offering of seedstock stock plus hospitality second to none.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

Fed cattle continue steady trend

by WLJ
Cash cattle trade at midweek showed good numbers of cattle trading hands in the southern Plains at prices mostly steady to slightly lower than the previous week. Trade came at $98-99 in Kansas, Colorado and Texas, however, most trade in the north and Corn Belt region was at a standstill as of mid-day last Thursday.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Packers realized they were offered an easy way of dealing with the new label requirements. As one would expect, packers have taken the path of least resistance and plan to use the catch-all label, Product of Canada, Mexico and USA. Well call it the North American label.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The market talk was casual until the producer leaned over and said, We just marketed a 90.8 percent calf crop with an average weight of 560 pounds at 189 days of age. The room grew quiet. Are you sure? a neighbor asked. Yep, but I was just average. Maybe someday I can manage my way to the upper third, the rancher replied.

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