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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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Friday, January 15,2010

Future industry leaders take part in KLA academy

by WLJ
The 2009 class of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmens Academy (YSA) graduated Dec. 4 at the KLA Convention in Wichita. Fort Dodge Animal Health partnered with KLA to host 20 members for a series of four seminars throughout the year..

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Friday, January 15,2010

Weed meets its match in field trials

by WLJ
In Oregon, California and other western states, infestations of medusahead have marched across rangeland habitats like the Genghis Khan of grasses.

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Friday, January 15,2010

BQA award winner provides high-quality beef products

by WLJ
An exceptional cattle producer and livestock auction market operator was named the 2010 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award winner for his focus on animal care practices. Morris Larson, Spencer Livestock Sales of Spencer, IA, was honored at the Iowa Cattlemens Association Annual Convention in Ames, IA, on Jan.

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