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Friday, July 15,2011

Expected weakness ahead caps fed market

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was slow to get started last week with feedlots holding off on packer bids, hoping to keep the market steady despite the hot weather settling into much of the country. Packers, on the other hand, were hoping to push prices lower as a result of expected weakness in the beef markets in the weeks

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Friday, July 8,2011

Feeder cattle find better prices as corn slides

by WLJ
There are still expectations that beef demand going into the later half of July will weaken and that has the market reacting cautiously to any upside price advances. The full production week ahead should refill any beef supplies that moved through the pipeline prior to the Fourth of July holiday and domestic sales were about in line with

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Friday, July 1,2011

Video sale posts excellent prices on strong demand

by WLJ
The fed cattle trade last week was slow to get started as packers were looking at the expectation that beef prices were likely to drop after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. That kept the bulk of last week’s trade pending at midday last Thursday as feedlots held cattle back

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Friday, June 24,2011

Early fed cattle trade reported $1-2 higher

by WLJ
A see-saw week in the fed cattle markets pushed off the bulk of trade last week until very late, with the majority of the action looking to be postponed until Friday. The early light sales in the Corn Belt and Nebraska were reported at $178-180 dressed while some live cattle trades were reported at $110-111 at midday last

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Thursday, June 16,2011

Fed market moves $2-3 higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was developing last Thursday in a full range of $107-109 live in the southern Plains. Northern trade, where volumes were still on the light side, was reported at $178 dressed at midday last Thursday. Those prices were $2-3 higher on the live cattle and dressed trade was $3 above the

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Thursday, June 9,2011

Markets turn higher

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was fully developed by late last Wednesday. For the week, trade reversed its recent slide and moved $1-2 higher on live cattle in the southern Plains where cattle traded in a range of $105-106. Dressed trade in the northern tier was reported at $172-175, a level which was $3-4 higher than the

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Friday, June 3,2011

Markets trade steady after good holiday sales

by WLJ
Fed cattle traded steady last week after a hard sell-off in the futures markets pushed cattle feeders to the table to sell cattle last Wednesday. Live cattle in the southern Plains traded mostly steady to slightly firmer than the prior week at $104 while northern cattle feeders sold live

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Friday, June 3,2011

TAHC releases 59,100 acres in Starr County from temporary fever tick quarantine zone

by WLJ
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has released 59,100 acres of the temporary preventative quarantine zone located in Starr County effective May 20. This release includes 141 premises. The temporary preventative quarantine will remain in effect for the remaining 93,615 acres located in both Starr and Hidalgo counties.

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Friday, May 27,2011

Fed cattle prices continue slide

by WLJ
Holiday weekend sales will be a significant factor in market direction. Fed cattle prices slipped further last week with trade in the southern Plains reported at $104, with some instances of $104.25, down mostly $4 from the previous week. Dressed sales in the south came at $165, down as much as $7 from the week before. In

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Friday, May 27,2011

Eleventh hour win for working dogs in Texas

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
Last minute amendments to Texas House Bill 1451 (HB 1451), exempting shepherd and herding dogs, and hunting and birding dogs, gave the states ranchers and sportsmen a chance to catch their breath after months of contacting their state officials with their oppositions to the bill.

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