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Friday, March 9,2012

Weather conditions troubled the crop year

by WLJ
Depending on location, producers in the U.S. battled everything from drought and above normal temperatures to heavy rains and lowland flooding, which led to decreased production of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat—the first time such a year-to-year decrease has occurred in all four commodities since the 2002 crop year.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Understanding cost-of-gain optimizes carcass weight

by WLJ
Most cattle feeders can fairly accurately measure the input side of this equation, such as feed deliveries, daily yardage costs, etc. The output side—primarily average daily gain—can be more difficult, but can often be estimated relatively closely through experience or through use of data and models.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Reproductive tract scoring can help determine heifer breeding readiness

by WLJ
The goal of cow/calf operators is to produce as many calves per year as possible. Yearling heifers should be bred to calve as 2-year-olds to maximize the number of calves produced in their lifetimes. They must be sufficiently mature to be bred at 14 to 15 months of age.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Farmer tax tips for 2011 focus on the “big picture”

by WLJ
For example, John and Mary are married. Mary lived with her parents all year while John was serving in the military. Mary was a full-time student and did not have any income. Mary’s parents can claim her as a dependent only if John and Mary file separate tax returns.

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Friday, March 2,2012

House sides with land owners on eminent domain

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2012, sided with private property owners by passing the Private Property Right Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 1443). The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-WI, essentially prevents states from using eminent domain over property to be used for economic development.

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Friday, March 2,2012

TransCanada set to re-apply for Keystone permit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
TransCanada Corporation announced last week that they had sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) informing the department the company plans to file a Presidential Permit application (cross border permit) in the near future for the Keystone XL Project from the U.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Cattle on feed gains another 2 percent

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
U.S. cattle numbers have declined 14 of the last 16 years, with the addition of 2011. The severe drought has increased the reduction of cattle numbers, sending feeder cattle to market at lower and lower weights, resulting in less beef per animal, including less Choice grades.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Kayīs korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
I ’ m a great fan of Costco, especially the way the warehouse chain sells beef. From the moment I see the giant “USDA Choice” banner above its fresh meat case, my pulse quickens as I anticipate finding a great beef deal. True to form, a visit last week produced not one but two terrific buys (although one wasn’t in the fresh case).

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Friday, March 2,2012

Guest Opinion

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The problem lies in a comprehensive BSE rule for beef imports that would make the U.S. compliant with international trade standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health. The rule has been caught in the federal bureaucracy for several years, starting in 2004 shortly after BSE was discovered in a Canadian cow brought into the United States.

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Friday, March 2,2012

A tribute to what Don Good stood for

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
I met Dr. Good on quite a few occasions at the Saddle and Sirloin Club banquet, where they hang the portrait of one person in the livestock industry every year. It is the highest honor you can get in our business and one Dr. Good had received years ago. My impression was he had a classy personality befitting someone of the WWII gen eration,.

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