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Friday, January 27,2012

New livestock virus rattles northern Europe

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Animal health officials in Europe are scrambling for answers after a previously unknown virus cropped up in Germany this November. Provisionally called “Schmallenberg virus” after the German town in which it was first identified, the virus has also been found in the Netherlands, Belgium, and most recently in Great Britain.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Beef export value nearly $220 per head in November

by WLJ
Beef exports performed well in November, according to statistics released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), reaching 105,268 metric tons valued at $456.25 million. This was steady with the October 2011 volume and up slightly in value.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Producers hope for death of the estate tax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Congress passed the two-year tax package, known as the Reid- McConnell Tax Package, at the end of the 2010 session, which, in addition to preventing the estate tax from reverting to pre-2001 levels of a 55 percent tax with a $1 million exemption, the tax package addressed a variety of other expiring tax issues that would have affected U.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Consolidating agencies could hurt trade

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for the authority to consolidate several federal agencies dealing with trade and business development, including the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which negotiates agreements covering exports of beef, pork and poultry.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Boxed beef prices trend lower

by WLJ
The basic supply and demand rules seemed to be off last week. Beef is typically pulled by demand, and buyers compete with each other, pushing boxed prices higher and sending packers looking for cattle, creating a demand-driven rally, but packers...

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Friday, January 20,2012

President blames Republicans for pipeline demise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
House Republicans returned from their winter break last Tuesday with a message for President Barack Obama: Stop delaying the Keystone XL pipeline. But by Wednesday, Obama had made his decision, 34 days before his final deadline, to reject the pipeline.

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Friday, January 20,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The high price of beef is driving some to turn to an old-time crime—cattle rustling. In Cookeville, TN, several instances of livestock theft have left a couple producers with tens of thousands of dollars in losses. In Greene County, MO, one rancher lost 19 calves, estimated at 600 pounds each, and a trailer to thieves in one night.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Six producers competing for coveted award

by WLJ
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recognized six U.S. cattle operations in August for their commitment to sustaining their family operations by conserving land, resources and wildlife.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Hay availability low, prices high

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Winter feeding and the headache of procuring hay is here. And if you’re looking for hay in the droughtstricken Southwest, it’s probably more like a migraine. With the hardships faced by many states in the western half of the country and the increased demand for hay during the winter months, resources are stretched thin and costs are up accordingly.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Ranchers seek property tax relief

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Dozens of Yavapai County ranch families filed a lawsuit in the Arizona Tax Court seeking relief for illegallycollected property taxes and flawed property valuations that were made by the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office on their respective agricultural properties.

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