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Thursday, July 3,2014

Korea takes proactive approach on animal welfare, sustainability

by WLJ
Animal welfare and sustainability are not yet popular topics of conversation in Asian markets, such as South Korea, but it is only a matter of time before the trends that take root in Europe and the United States will find their way around the globe..

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Thursday, July 3,2014

SCOTUS announcement is a setback for ethanol

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Midwest corn ethanol’s possible inroads into a potential 1.4-billion gallon California market suffered its biggest defeat yet when the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced last Monday it would not hear a case brought by the industry against the state’s lowcarbon fuel standard.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Rule could devastate on-farm conservation

Perspectives on what Interpretive Rule would do differ wildly

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The IR details 56 specific permitting-exempt activities. The more overtly ranching-oriented exemptions on the list include: • Brush management; • Prescribed burning; • Fencing; • Firebreak; • Forage harvest management; • Prescribed grazing; • Grazing land mechanical treatment; and • Range planting.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Agreement reached in sage-grouse habitat plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Obama administration has made plans to spend $31 million through 2024 to boost sage-grouse protection by helping ranchers and other landowners to improve habitat along the California-Nevada borders. Stakeholders in the plan are hopeful that this will keep the sage-grouse off the endangered species list.

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Monday, June 30,2014

BIF conference looks to industry's future

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The Annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meeting was recently held in Lincoln, NE, with an eye on future genetic improvement in the beef industry. This included the role of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), increasing cattle output through efficiency, selection for novel traits and new models for genetic selection.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Futures rally despite being overbought

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Asking prices started the week slightly elevated from the prior week’s sales of $148-150 live and $234-238 dressed. However, after a strong rally—again—in the futures markets, asking prices jumped up a few more dollars. By Thursday morning, cattle feeders were asking $153-154 live and $240-242 dressed.

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Friday, June 27,2014

The worrisome wonders of Washington

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Earlier this month, I attended the annual Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) as the lone media representative. It was an experience of a lifetime! Meeting young (or young at heart) producers from around the country and hearing about the pressing issues in their states was eyeopening, and simply meeting so many new people was a treat.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Beef Talk

Not all bulls are herd bulls

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, seven long, yearling bulls needed to leave. They were neutered and weighed in at 1,179 pounds after a summer on grass. Last fall, they were sent to the feedlot and weighed 1,636 pounds after 88 days on feed. They gained 5.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Did You Know?

Dairy influence and black-hided beef cattle in the mix

by WLJ
The first week in June saw total U.S. federally inspected cattle harvest at 614,000 cattle, which represents half a million steers and heifers and 114,000 cull bulls and cows. This is a decline of 5.8 percent from last year— reflecting the dramatic reduction in the size of the U.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Forest Service at it again: New groundwater regs?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The USFS proposal, which is out for public comment until August 4, asserts federal reserved rights of water on USFS land while at the same time directing agency employees to enforce new permitting requirements on water rights holders, Van Liew explained.

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