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Friday, March 28,2014

Current high beef prices make great time to own cattle

by WLJ
One thing making economics brighter for cattle producers is a change in the price of corn, a major feed for market cattle. “Corn at $4.50 per bushel looks better than corn at $7.50. Recall, we didn’t think $4.50 corn looked so good on the way up.”.

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Friday, March 28,2014

GMO polls indicate public uncertainty

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a sure thing for a media frenzy. The American public just can’t agree and argues viciously over the topic with passion usually reserved for religious conviction. But forget the GMOs themselves, what people think about them has been in the spotlight lately.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Report: Beta agonists up death risk in cattle

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When it comes to disputes of a factual nature, the referee comes wearing solid white rather than zebra stripes. But problems arise when two lab-coated refs show up claiming to have seen vastly different plays, and arguments over whose science is best are never pretty.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Water rights protected

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Whiskey’s for drinking, and water’s for…handing over to the federal government so that they’ll issue you the permits you need to keep your ranching operation going. At least, this appears to be the U.S. Forest Service’s catchy new variation on the old adage.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Packers need cattle for the grilling season

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop last week, but by Thursday afternoon a light trade had taken place at $150 live and $240 dressed. These prices were mostly seen in the Texas Panhandle and Kansas. Comparatively, the prior week had seen prices at $148- 148.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Immigration reform wanted this year

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform released a new report last week showing how American families are eating more imported fresh produce today than ever before, in substantial part because U.

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Friday, March 21,2014

WEEKLY FEEDER CATTLE SUMMARY; Mar. 21

by WLJ
Compared to last week, feeder cattle under 800 lbs sold steady to 3.00 higher while those weighing over 800 lbs traded weak to 2.00 lower with most declines continuing in the Southern Plains. Stocker cattle and calves (where tested) were steady to 5.00 higher with 6 weight stockers near the major grazing regions selling fully 6.00-8.00 higher.

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Friday, March 21,2014

The GRSB Speaks

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Beef sustainability has been in the news a lot lately with McDonald’s announcing that they would start purchasing sustainable beef for their supply chain in 2016. They weren’t sure what sustainable was for beef, but it sure sounded like a good thing to say and get some positive CROW.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Checkoff support highest in 21 years

by WLJ
As a beef producer, I’m proud to be a part of an industry that takes care of its own and is flush with individuals who go that extra mile to do their part.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Beef Talk

Are your cows ready to rebreed?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Nutritionally, the calf is actively, maybe even aggressively, growing in utero while absorbing the nutrition the cow is consuming and preparing for those first moments of daylight. That daylight will happen when the pregnancy terminates with parturition and, I hope, a live, nursing calf will greet the producer in the near future.

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