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Monday, June 29,2009

Lack of dairy demand pushing hay prices down

by WLJ
The recent dairy cow buyout, made possible by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a dairy industry interest group developed by the National Dairy Producers Federation, has taken nearly 40,000 cows in western states out of production, but other...

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Monday, June 29,2009

Oregon ranchers struggle to protect livestock from wolves

by WLJ
The April 2, 2009, removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List was a welcome event to western ranchers, especially those who have struggled with the costs of wolf predation. In Oregon, however, the federal delisting has done little to improve ranchers ability to protect their livestock.

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Monday, June 29,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
According to the Des Moines Register, the Agriprocessors Inc. Kosher meat plant has been sold to a Canadian firm. The sale will include the payment of at least $8.5 million of the $21 million owed to credi- tors of Agriprocessors after the company filed bank- ruptcy.

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Monday, June 29,2009

Colorado Cattlemens Association hosts successful convention

by WLJ
Over 400 members and guests were in attendance at the 142nd Annual Colorado Cattlemens (CCA) Convention and Trade Show in Grand Junction, CO, June 14-17. Cattlemen from across the state took time to reflect on the past and plan for the future over the three-day conference.

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Monday, June 29,2009

Montana Stockgrowers Association celebrates 125th anniversary

by WLJ
Cattle producers and industry leaders from across Montana and the nation gathered in Miles City, MT, June 10-14 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA). Over 1,000 people participated in one or more of the events throughout the week.

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Friday, June 26,2009

Fed trade steady to weak

by WLJ
Fed cattle markets started out softer last week with Corn Belt cattle feeders throwing in the towel on Wednesday after a break in live cattle futures. The early trade was light at $128-131 dressed with live trade at $80-81 in the region. There was some light trade in the southern tier at $81 although numbers were too light to call the trend for the week.

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Friday, June 26,2009

Oregon ranchers struggle to protect livestock despite wolf delisting

by WLJ
The April 2, 2009, removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List was a welcome event to western ranchers, especially those who have struggled with the costs of wolf predation. In Oregon, however, the federal delisting has done little to improve ranchers’ ability to protect their livestock.

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Friday, June 26,2009

Lack of dairy demand pushing hay prices down

by WLJ
The recent dairy cow buyout, made possible by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a dairy industry interest group developed by the National Dairy Producers Federation, has taken nearly 40,000 cows in western states out of production, but other economic factors, including extremely low milk prices, are also causing dairymen not selected for the buyout to send cows down the road.

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Friday, June 19,2009

Oregon judge allows grazing to continue

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Grazing will continue on Oregons Malheur National Forest, albeit under increased scrutiny, as the result of an order filed by Oregon Federal District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty.

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Friday, June 19,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Smithfield Foods reported a dismal set of quarterly earnings last week along with 2009 fiscal year earnings, emphasizing the downturn in the pork industry. The company reported its first net loss in 30 years: $190.3 million in the red for fiscal 2009, or $1.

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