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Friday, September 23,2011

Maximize value of 2011 calf crop

by WLJ
The sale price almost always is greater for a large group of high-quality, uniform calves than similarquality calves brought to the livestock auction in smaller groups or similar calves with more weight range variation.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Cattlemen's Beef Board hires Polly Ruhland as CEO

by WLJ
"Polly was the right choice for this checkoff, and for this industry," said Weldon Wynn, Executive Committee chairman and CBB vice chairman. "She has a powerful passion for the checkoff and for the beef industry, and she has absolutely proven in the last three months that she can run this operation astutely.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Washington's cattlemen set focus on trade, wolves, ID and the beef checkoff

by WLJ
The Washington Cattlemen's Association (WCA) is set to hold their annual convention in Walla Walla at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, Nov. 9-12, 2011, to discuss current events in the beef industry and set direction for efforts to affect state and national policy in 2012.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Meat added to top retail thefts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Protein consumption is the new rage, with high protein diets and Generations X and Y wanting classier meals. The increased demand, combined with drought problems, has caused beef prices to climb anywhere from 15 to 20 percent, depending on the cut.

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Friday, September 23,2011

E-coli testing costs to consumers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA has been testing for the common O157:H7 pathogen for over 17 years. The six they plan to add have been found in food in recent years, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says they cause an estimated 110,000 illnesses annually.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Atrazine and glyphosate in the hot seat

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Atrazine has been vital to the farm economy for more than 50 years and has been instrumental in increasing corn, sorghum and sugar-cane production. According to EPA, farming without atrazine would cost corn growers as much as $28 per acre in alternative herbicide costs and reduced yields.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Your national Beef Checkoff Program: 25 years and counting

by WLJ
Part 6: Foreign marketing builds a better future for beef In September 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population of the U.S. at about 312 million, with one birth occurring about every seven seconds, and one death occurring every 13 seconds or so. Add to that the effect of immigration, and you get a net gain of one person every 12 seconds.

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Friday, September 23,2011

New demand index points to profit potential

by WLJ
The leading Angus brand has increased the number of pounds sold every year since 2005, but does that really mean demand for the product is soaring?

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Friday, September 23,2011

Herefords in demand: Sales increase in numbers, prices

by WLJ
Hereford breeders continued to experience increased demand for Hereford genetics during the 2011 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. AHA experienced a dramatic increase in production sale prices while reports of private-treaty sales were the highest in years.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Consumers say U.S. farmers not responsible for feeding the world

by WLJ
A new study indicates that a large segment of consumers do not believe U.S. farmers should be responsible for addressing global hunger.

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