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Friday, May 18,2012

Dennis Metzger named Western Video Market general manager

by WLJ
reputation, industry insight and commitment to the cattle industry is irreplaceable. Western Video Market affiliates and staff will continue the company’s track record of: quality cattle, loyal consignors and satisfied buyers. Western Video has been built on strong leadership, integrity and a constant quest for a better market place.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Stocker calves: Vaccination considerations

by WLJ
Summer months in the northern plains mean an opportunity for cattle producers to graze weaned calves on pasture. While “grass calves” are considered to be under less risk of infectious diseases compared to calves weaned and concentrated into drylots in the fall, these calves still are at risk for certain disease issues while out on pasture.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Operation Livestock Thief

by WLJ
Colorado Cattlemen’s Association was recently notified of cattle theft in Mesa county. The cattle were last seen mid-January, southeast of Palisade, CO. There are 33 head of cows, which would now have calves by side, ranging in age from 5-8 years old that are mostly white and yellow in color, with a few red cows.

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Friday, May 18,2012

World weather review: U.S. corn planting ahead of schedule

by WLJ
Drought effects continue to diminish in the U.S. except for some areas in the Southeast and Southwest. Most of the northern half of Mexico remains under drought conditions, resulting in a 22 percent year-overyear increase in year-to-date (weekly AMS data through May 5) imports of Mexican feeder cattle into the U.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Judge orders review of ruling that awards excessive attorney fees

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
In a small win for agriculture, and a potential turn of events on the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), a federal appeals court ruled that a judge awarded excessive attorneys’ fees to a conservation group following a dispute over federal grazing permits in Idaho.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Competition and extended trading hours spurs changes, market concerns

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
On May 14, IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE) launches its new grain commodity futures with a 22-hour trading day. This competitive move has put agcommodities giant Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) on the defensive. The USDA and market analysts have been hardpressed to foresee the market impacts and warn of potential trade disruptions.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Cutout values dip; futures uncertain

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle trades were at a standstill throughout most of the week with neither side giving ground on prices through midday Thursday. The schism between bids and asking prices stayed solid at $5-7 with bids of $117 live and $190 dressed in the face of $122- $123 live and $195-$197 dressed asking prices in the Southern Plains.

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Friday, May 11,2012

9 percent increase in corn use expected

by WLJ
USDA gave its first estimates of 2012-13 crop year supply and demand, pegging U.S. ending stocks for corn at 1.88 billion bushels. Total U.S. corn use for 2012/13 is projected up 9 percent from 2011/12 on higher feed and residual disappearance, increased use for sweeteners and starch, and larger exports.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Legally Speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
The case was Garbini v. Commissioner IRS. Mr. Garbini, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, listed his occupation as a rancher, and his wife indicated she was a housewife. Both taxpayers were retired during the two taxable years in issue, and for Mr. Garbini this was a full time venture.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Guest Opinion

by WLJ
Cattle markets have displayed a noticeable lack of direction lately, marked by a weak or stagnant undertone despite generally strong fundamentals.

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