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Friday, December 2,2011

Consistent taste is key when building local markets

by DTN
Building a market to sell home-finished beef is all about consistency. You not only have to provide tasty, tender beef one year, but every year. And there is a formula, some cattlemen say, to hitting the mark every time. The best place to start, they stress, is with the genetics of the animal.

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Friday, November 25,2011

Choice cutout values continue upward climb

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade was again slow to develop last week, with just a handful of cattle trading in major feeding areas. Most market analysts were looking for fed trade to be completed Wednesday afternoon at a slightly lower level.

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Friday, November 25,2011

Few surprises in cattle on feed report

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.9 million head on Nov. 1, 2011. The inventory was 4 percent above Nov. 1, 2010. This is the second highest Nov. 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

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Friday, November 25,2011

Putting “equal” back in Equal Access to Justice Act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The bill to return the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) to its original intent passed through the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in mid-November, bringing it one step closer to the president’s desk, and one step closer to holding activists financially accountable.

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Friday, November 25,2011

Vetīs perspective

by WLJ
Reports distributed by USDA have demonstrated test results with carcass drug residues on many occasions. Not only are carcasses involved in an inspection, but the management and environment may be assessed for proper equipment, training and protocols..

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Friday, November 25,2011

Management topics

by WLJ
Since 1993 for growth and late 2000 for carcass, each year, the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) develops acrossbreed expected progeny differences (EPD) adjustments (Table 1).

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Friday, November 25,2011

OBITUARY

by WLJ
He will be remembered as a man of strong convictions. Darrel could be counted on to be decisive, quick witted and genuinely interested in the lives of others. He made friends wherever he went, and never passed up an opportunity to strike up a conversation or share a few words of wisdom.

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Friday, November 25,2011

South Korea FTA brings opportunities

by WLJ
“The United States welcomes the Korean National Assembly’s approval of the KORUS FTA,” said U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in a statement. “We look forward to working closely with the government of Korea to bring the agreement into force as soon as possible.

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Friday, November 25,2011

Special allocation for USMEF came out of Korea trade agreement passage

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who announced this year’s allocations to 70 market promotion groups in a call from Vietnam earlier this month, did not highlight the special grant to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), but it was included in $21.

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Friday, November 25,2011

Improving conservation management

by WLJ
Ag producers wishing to improve their conservation management on working lands are encouraged to check into the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The CSP is designed to help producers “step up” management activities addressing natural resource concerns.

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