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Friday, January 27,2012

Cow/calf producers in the driver's seat?

by WLJ
Wow, what a time at the Range Beef Cow Symposium in Nebraska this year. You could almost use the song title “The Future’s so Bright, I gotta Wear Shades,” by Timbuk3. One of the speakers I really enjoyed hearing at the symposium, which took place Nov. 29 to Dec.

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Friday, January 27,2012

California slaughter law overturned

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in favor of the National Meat Association (NMA) in NMA v. Harris last week, a case determining that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) preempts a 2008 California law whose requirements differ from and add to federal law and regulations.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Egg producers' bargain concerns livestock industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized legislation introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-OR, that would seal an agreement made between HSUS and UEP, and codify the federally-mandated egg production practices the two groups agreed...

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Friday, January 27,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Burger King, the No. 2 burger chain, has quietly begun testing home delivery from four of its restaurants in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Nebraska cattle feeder to lead NCBA

by WLJ
“In general terms, the thing that we will be doing is watching that—to make sure that it is conducive to our business climate and being able to raise cattle, in all aspects of our industry, in a good manner,” Alexander says. “We don’t want anything to come out that would be detrimental to our industry.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Sandberg Hereford Herdsman of the Year

by WLJ
Eddie Sandberg of Courtland, KS, was selected as the 2012 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Sandberg was selected for the award by his peers—other Hereford herdsmen and breeders—and was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Meat scientists work to enhance marbling in beef cattle

by WLJ
Johnson has been working on a five-year study, along with Ki Yong Chung, also of Texas Tech, Stephen Smith and Seong Ho Choi of Texas A&M University, and Matthew Doumit of the University of Idaho, to better understand regulation of marbling development by fatty acids in beef cattle.

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Friday, January 27,2012

House ag chairman says ag groups need to come together

by DTN
“This is something I have been harping on privately to various groups and publicly,” Lucas said in a phone interview last Wednesday with DTN. “If we don’t come to some sort of a practical consensus, if we can’t march together, if we are fractured up, then we’re lost.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Better beef could mean hike in demand

by WLJ
“Regardless of the commodity we talk about, the demand for it is going to determine long run supply,” says livestock economist Scott Brown of the University of Missouri. He sees potential for significant expansion if more herds produce premium Choice or Prime beef.

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Friday, January 27,2012

NCBA files comments on Clean Water Act Section 308 proposed rule

by WLJ
T h e National Cattlem e n ’ s Beef Association (NCBA) filed comments Jan. 19, 2012, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 308 CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) Reporting Rule.

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