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Monday, March 2,2015

Markets in limbo

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Boxed beef cutout values are on the rise this past week after several weeks of production declines. Packers have been experiencing losses of $100 per head for several weeks and that looks to be changing. The Choice cutout was $244.24 last Tuesday, up about $5 from the.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Union chokes economy

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This situation with the West Coast shipping ports is getting out of hand and has been for a while. Beef and meat exports to our Asian customers have been damaged and it will take some time to rectify. The labor unions are fighting for relevance while the rest of the.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Black Ink

We still want beef

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“Even during a recession, folks still want to have beautiful moments in their lives,” says John Lundeen, Senior Executive Director of Market Research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Do you support your Beef Checkoff Program? I do.

by WLJ
That’s something I’m excited to support. In fact, an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways, including contributing to a positive trend in beef demand and the profitability of their operations.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Black Ink

Outliers; keep the best, cull the worst

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Calving season was the backdrop, starting nine days earlier than expected because one of the calving ease bulls apparently succeeds by transmitting a very short gestation period. Cows were due to start two weeks after the heifers, but one of them calved to that same bull 15 days early.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Guest Opinion

Is your soil breathing?

by DTN
I encourage growers to think of the soil as an engine. The productivity (horsepower) of that engine can be improved, but first we need to measure the existing horsepower. The Solvita test is an affordable tool growers can use to estimate the size of soil’s engine by measuring respiration or carbon dioxide (CO2) release.

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Monday, February 16,2015

Double edge

by Pete Crow - Publisher
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association hosted their largest annual convention ever with over 8,200 folks showing up to attend meetings and the trade show—which was also the largest ever—with over 330 exhibitors; and it was pleasing to see so many young people attend.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Beef Talk

Feel good by feeding some alfalfa

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Alfalfa is an excellent choice to feed as a supplement to beef cows that are later in their pregnancy. Seldom do we think of hay as being a supplement, but the right high quality forage, such as alfalfa, certainly can be fed as a supplement to the lower quality forages generally available for the main ration of a beef cow.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Did You Know

The War on Fat reconsidered

by WLJ
Yet we still see daily limits on dietary fat, as though all fat is the same. What is the truth? Well, the answer and what you did not know about fat grams is best addressed by Dr. Stephen Smith, Texas A&M University Meat Biologist, who has spent most of his career studying the subject.

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Monday, February 9,2015

Cow herd growing; not so fast

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The markets didn’t seem to like the Jan. 31 cattle inventory numbers that showed 1 percent more cattle available than last year, roughly 1.3 million more cattle. Feeder cattle futures were all down the limit of $4.50, bringing feeder cattle values down to.

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