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Friday, August 20,2010

Start preparing for fall weed control

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
Bright yellow. Vibrant purple. To the uneducated, yellow toadflax and purple loosestrife are just pretty flowers. When farmers, ranchers and land managers look at these plants and other noxious weeds, all they see is red. It’s not just an angry red at the expense of both time and money,

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Friday, August 13,2010

Feds climb $1-2

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was mostly wrapped up last Wednesday at prices $1-2 higher on live cattle and $2-3 higher on a dressed basis. Prices in the southern Plains were in a range of $94-95 while dressed trade in the North occurred at mostly $150.

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Friday, August 6,2010

Grain markets add to volatility in feeder sales

by WLJ
The call in the fed cattle markets last week was for steady to higher cash trade once it developed, with most analysts predicting that trade would hold off until Friday. Early packer bids were at $91-92 live basis in the South and at $150 dressed in the North. However, a firming cutout

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Friday, July 30,2010

Inventory picture points to strong prices ahead

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade last week was underway in the northern Plains and Corn Belt at prices generally $2-3 lower than the prior week at $93 live and $146-149 dressed. Trade in the southern tier was expected at $93-94 live, $1-2 lower than the prior week, as feedlot managers worked to take

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Friday, July 23,2010

Futures market helps cash fed cattle prices

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade last Thursday started $1 higher than the previous week’s action on the back of improvement in the futures markets and steady boxed beef prices. In Kansas, trade developed at $95 live on Thursday while early sales in the Corn Belt were in a range of $148-151, although

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Friday, July 16,2010

Video sale posts strong results for consignors

by WLJ
Fed cattle traded $1-2 higher last Wednesday with prices in the southern Plains at $94 live basis in Texas and at $92.50-93.50 in Kansas. In the northern Plains, cattle sold at $93-94 live and at $150 dressed. The upward momentum in the fed cattle markets caught many analysts off guard

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Friday, July 9,2010

Fed trade gains $1-2

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade advanced $1-2 in the southern Plains last Wednesday and $2 in dressed trade in the Corn Belt. Most live trade was at $91-92 and dressed trade at $146-$148. Fed cattle continue to trade at a $2 premium over the futures markets and should keep feeders aggressive in their

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Friday, July 9,2010

USDA determining rules for traceability

by WLJ
During February 2010, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that his agency would be redirecting its efforts surrounding animal identification in the nation to the development of a framework for animal disease traceability.

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Friday, July 2,2010

Strong feeder cattle markets on the West Coast

by WLJ
Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, fed cattle sales started trading early last week at prices mostly steady to $1 higher than the previous week at $91 live in the South and $146 dressed in the northern tier. The trade was based, at least in small part, on a jump in the grain markets last week as USDA’s plantings report surprised the market

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Friday, June 25,2010

Fed cattle markets steady

by WLJ
Good numbers of cattle traded early last week at prices which were mostly steady to $1 higher, with live trade in the South reported at $91 and northern dressed trade at $146-147. The early steady to higher trade last week was the result of short-bought

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