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Friday, January 6,2012

Pedretti added to the Hereford Hall of Fame

by WLJ
The Hall of Fame honor recognizes breeders who have dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed. Hall of Merit inductees are not always Hereford breeders but have, in their own ways, greatly influenced the Hereford breed and cattle industry.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Get cows back in shape while it is cost effective

by WLJ
Cows should be sorted into different groups in the fall to maximize forage qualities and reduce costs. Sorting by each body condition score (BCS) category is usually not possible, so sorting BCS of 3s and 4s together, 5s and 6s together, and anything above a 7 together would be a good system.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Beef remains biggest player in the meat case

by WLJ
The latest National Meat Case Study, conducted through a joint effort of The Beef Checkoff Program, the National Pork Board and the Sealed Air’s Cryovac Food Packaging Unit, revealed beef remains the biggest player in the meat case, with a typical store featuring about 60 unique beef products.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Washington court sides with cattlemen in groundwater case

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a 6-3 decision issued didn’t change anything,” she Dec. 22, the Washington says. “It wasn’t necessarily State Supreme Court ruled that state law does not limit the amount of groundwater that may be drawn for livestock watering purposes within state boundaries.

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Friday, December 30,2011

2012 EPA ethanol requirements reduced

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waited until the 5th hour to release their reduced 2012 biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Friday, December 30,2011

Winter weather market rally cools off

by WLJ
The fed cattle market fell back in line last week after giving cattle feeders a white Christmas. Cattle feeding margins improved some as cash fed cattle prices jumped $4 per cwt. to $123 in southern feedlots. Northern feedlots sold cattle $6-7 higher at $125-126, and dressed cattle sold mostly at $202 per cwt.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Lawsuit, wild horse management options

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In the emotionally charged arena of wild horse management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is finding it increasingly difficult to deploy all the population control tools at its disposal due to legal challenges by horse activists.

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Friday, December 30,2011

Deals in Southwest ranch real estate

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The 2011 Southwest real estate market has seen stable to active growth, depending on the region, with larger, mixed-use properties drawing the most attention. Despite obstacles for some due to cautious lenders, for-cash buyers have lots of prime property choices and sellers are getting good returns in the Southwest farm and ranch real estate market.

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Friday, December 30,2011

KAY’S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle producers the world over are great survivors. The beef industries in most of the major beef-producing countries have endured everything from BSE to drought to floods in the past decade. These and other calamities forced some producers out of the business.

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Friday, December 30,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
A producer once called and was concerned that the banker was critical of the age of the cows in the herd. The producer was very successful in keeping older cows productive, but the banker felt the cows were too old.

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