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Thursday, July 3,2014

A Remarkable Market

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week, Northern Video sold a set of all natural steers from the Greet Ranch in Ten Sleep, WY, for $236 cwt. Those cattle may break even in the $160s when they go to market. It seems like cattle feeders have thrown caution to the wind buying replacement feeder cattle.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Kay's Korner

Investing in the future

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Old-timers must be shaking their heads in disbelief at the way calves and feeder cattle are trading. Even when I began covering the industry 28 years ago, I would not have believed the price of calves would by 2014 increase more than 3.5 times. On the other hand, the price of many other goods has probably increased by that much or more.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Considerations on the value of wheat straw

by WLJ
As wheat harvest continues, the question always comes up regarding the value of wheat straw sold out of the field. From a pure fertilizer standpoint, wheat straw contains very little in terms of phosphorus (P2O5), but moderate amounts of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K2O).

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Calf health in the shadow of drought

by WLJ
For any feedyard, fall is a challenging time. Calves coming in when weather is widely variable are always at risk of health problems, and drought conditions in recent years only magnified the issue. Though many areas have seen some relief, this summer has cattlemen wary of lingering effects and what else the coming season will bring.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Cattle numbers are tight across North America

by WLJ
USDA will release the July Cattle report in about a month which will provide a mid-year estimate of feeder supplies, though no yearover-year comparisons will be possible since the report was canceled last year. U.S. feeder supplies will likely be down again with a 2014 U.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

How to maintain open cattle yards

by WLJ
The performance and cost of gain to background or finish cattle depends in large part on the quality of their feeding environment; as little as 4-8 inches of mud can reduce performance and feed efficiency by about 13 percent, said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Clean Water Act rule clarity sought

by Todd Neeley - DTN
As critics contend a proposed Clean Water Act rule will extend EPA’s authority over water in ditches and that the rule will be open to inconsistent enforcement, one agriculture industry representative told a House subcommittee last Tuesday that at least one EPA region already is looking closely at ditches as point-sources in need of CWA permits.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

'Top Ten' list of food-borne parasites released

by WLJ
As a first step in tackling the problem, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) are initially focusing on the 10 food borne parasites with the greatest global impact.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Ground beef under greater scrutiny for Salmonella

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the original May documents on the increased inspection, as well as FSIS instructions for inspectors released mid-June, the data collected from the salmonella surveillance will “allow FSIS to gather baseline data to determine the...

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Parasites by continent

by WLJ
Classified biologically as protozoa and helminths (but better known as tapeworms, flatworms and roundworms), it is difficult to know how widespread parasites are globally because in many countries it is not compulsory to notify public health authorities of their presence.

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