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Friday, April 17,2009

Korea remains third-largest buyer of U.S. beef

by DTN
South Korea has reclaimed its position as the No. 3 market for U.S. beef after lifting a five-year ban put in place following the first case of mad cow disease in the U.S. in 2003. Industry sources expect sales to South Korea to continue rising in coming months amid some stability in the currency markets and as the cookout season begins.

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Friday, April 10,2009

Fed cattle prices jump in early trade

by WLJ
Active trade in the north got going on Wednesday last week as packers paid $2-3 more for close to 40,000 head of dressed cattle at prices in the $136-138 range with most of the trade at $137. Southern Plains trade hadnt developed by midday last Thursday as feedlots were passing on the packers $86 offer.

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Friday, April 10,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Canadian producers are pressing the government to seek trade sanctions against South Korea if the country does not quickly end its ban on Canadian beef. Gerry Ritz, Canadas minister of agriculture, said he will consider filing a trade action with the World Trade Organization after receiving no response from officials whom he visited last month.

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Friday, April 10,2009

Cal Poly Bull Test now accepting entries

by WLJ
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, is now accepting entries for their 52nd Annual Cal Poly Bull Test. Last years test consisted of 271 bulls from top seedstock producers in the West and 103 bulls qualified for the sale with an average price of $2,568. This years delivery dates for bulls are May 9 and 10 at Cal Polys Beef Center.

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Friday, April 10,2009

MSGA seeks applications for Montana Environmental Stewardship Award

by WLJ
The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is currently seeking applications for the 20th Annual Montana Environmental Stewardship Award. The Montana Environmental Stewardship Award is designed to recognize cattle producers whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment while enhancing productivity and profitability.

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Friday, April 10,2009

Tom McDonnell takes the reins at the Idaho Cattle Association

by WLJ
The new executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) is Tom McDonnell. McDonnell became ICAs chief operating officer on April 1, 2009, mov ing to Boise, ID, from Chugwater, WY, where he owned a purebred cow/calf operation and also served as a consultant to the American Sheep Industry Association, USDA, and several universities.

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Friday, April 10,2009

Japan is prime target for U.S. middle meat promotions

by WLJ
While the sluggish U.S. economy places downward pressure on middle meat prices, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has been undertaking efforts to promote an expanded range of beef cuts in targeted overseas markets to help maximize the cutout value for producers.

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Friday, April 10,2009

Vilsack hears concerns of young producers

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Craig Evans and Chris Hiley flanked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at Evans farm last Tuesday as the two farmers explained their worries about the costs of being young farmers and ranchers.

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Friday, April 10,2009

Enrollment reflects confidence in AngusSource

by WLJ
When every dollar counts, cow/calf producers take stock of what they have to offer. They look for ways to add value to their calves. For more than 21,000 of those calves, the owners decided the best way to add value was simply to document it.

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Friday, April 10,2009

Partnership donates nearly $500,000 to local FFA chapters

by WLJ
Through a collaboration of 830 veterinarians, animal health suppliers, and Pfizer Animal Health, nearly $500,000 has been donated to local FFA chapters across the country. Through purchases of Pfizer Animal Healths vaccines, veterinarians and animal health suppliers were able to donate to a local FFA chapter of their choice.

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