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Friday, May 22,2009

Fed trade steady

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade started at steady money last week in most areas with initial trade at $84-85 live basis in Texas, Colorado and Nebraska. Early live sales in Nebraska were in the $135-136 range. Market analysts predicted trade would come in steady with the prior week at mostly $84-85 live and $135-138 when fully developed last week.

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Friday, May 22,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Richard Earl (Dick) Mahon Sr. passed away at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, ID, on May 12, 2009. He was born on the Historic Mahon Ranch in Elk Grove, CA, on Jan. 12, 1926, to John William and Bertha Mae (Nelmes) Mahon. He graduated from Elk Grove Union High School and earned an athletic scholarship to Stanford University.

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Friday, May 22,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
In a conference call reviewing earnings for JBS USA, CEO Wesley Batista said in order to improve his companys financial performance, his company will try to cut costs and expand its export business, of which Japan plays a crucial part. Batista expressed confidence that Japans age limit, which currently limits imports of U.

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Friday, May 22,2009

CSU Extension beef feedlot field day

by WLJ
The Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Beef Team is pleased to announce the 2009 beef producer field day taking place on Friday, June 19. This years program will be held at the feedlot of Teague Diversified in Fort Morgan, CO, and will showcase a variety of topics pertinent to todays beef industry.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Recession affects relative importance of carcass weight, yield, quality grade

by WLJ
The economy is upsidedown, and so are determinants of carcass value. Whether these are shortlived aberrations or signs that long-held paradigms are shifting, the current landscape provides fodder for debate.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Leopold Conservation Award to be presented to Mesa de Maya Ranch

by WLJ
The Wisconsin-based conservation organization Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemens Association, the Colorado Cattlemens Agricultural Land Trust, and EnCana Oil Gas (USA) Inc., is proud to name John and Carolyn Dohertys Mesa de Maya Ranch as the winner of the 2009 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Climate bill silent on ag offsets

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A chairmans draft of legislation on climate change released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee spells out no clear role for agriculture in providing carbon offsets for industry.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Dates set for Young Ag Leadership Conference

by WLJ
Mark your calendars now for the sixth annual Young Agriculture Leadership Conference (YALC) to be held Oct. 2-4 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena, MT. This conference targets agricultures next generation of leaders, ages 18-40, from across the state to gather the skills and experiences that they will need to be successful industry leaders.

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Friday, May 22,2009

SALE reports

by WLJ
DERRY CATTLE CO. 40TH ANNUAL ANGUS BULL SALE April 30, Wood, SD 13 Fall yearling bulls ........ $3,008 58 Yearling bulls ...................2,455 Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar

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Friday, May 22,2009

Beef quality in the retail price equation

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Feeders bid on cattle by penciling out the highest price they can pay and still maintain a shot at profit. Packers need a certain number of cattle harvested through their plants, bought at a particular price, to stay afloat. That cost/sales formula follows beef as it continues toward consumers.

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