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Friday, January 22,2010

Dunning and McNabb to lead extreme teams

by WLJ
World champion Al Dunning and nationally-known clinician Ken McNabb will go head to head June 11-13 at Colorado State Universitys Equine Center in Fort Collins, CO, but this time as coaches.

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Friday, January 22,2010

Export levels continue rebound

by WLJ
U.S. beef and pork exports continued their rebound from the slump earlier in the year, with pork exports reaching their highest level of 2009 in November while beef exports edged 4 percent above year-ago levels, according to statistics released last week by the U.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Staple food prices trend down for fifth straight quarter

by WLJ
The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare a meal was $42.90, down $3.13 from the third quarter of 2009 and $7.31 lower, or about 15 percent less, compared to one year ago. Of the 16 items surveyed, 11 decreased, four increased and one remained the same in average price compared to the prior quarter.

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Friday, January 15,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The associations Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) stood at 97.8 in November, down 0.2 percent from its October level. In addition, the RPI remained below 100 for the 25th consecutive month, which signifies contraction in the index of key industry indicators.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Economy, not fundamentals, driving corn prices in 2010

by DTN
The correlation between the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the monthly close of the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index (which tracks a basket of commodities) is a very strong 93 percent, and between the dollar and the CRB is a negative 99 percent, Newsom said.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Two calving seasons have pros and cons for producers

by WLJ
Spring and autumn have become the seasons of choice for calving seasons in Oklahoma, but tremendous differences exist as to what months within each of those seasons are primary times for most of the calves to be born.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Ag lending landscape changing

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Commercial farmers are going to have credit options going into 2010, but traditional bankers may not be a lending option, and small farmers could struggle more than larger farmers to get credit, a major leader in the Farm Credit system says.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Capture premiums with Gateway

by WLJ
The American Angus Associations Gateway program helps producers capture the value of age- and source-verified cattle.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Oklahoma State University animal scientist talks American beef in China

by WLJ
Chinas appetite for beef is growing at a long-term trend rate that is unparalleled by any other major consuming market.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Decrease risk by increasing confidence with higher-accuracy EPDs

by WLJ
Since the late 1970s, expected progeny differences (EPDs) have changed the way beef producers make selection and mating decisions. Dr. Matt Spangler, assistant professor and beef genetics extension specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says the introduction of EPDs empowered producers to make better decisions, leading to faster genetic progress.

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