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Friday, November 21,2014

Strange alliance

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week we reported that the Organization of Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attorneys prepared and submitted the suit.

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Friday, November 21,2014

What beef demand numbers mean

by WLJ
In 16 of the last 17 quarters, we’ve had year-over-year increases in beef demand, the only exception being the first quarter of 2014. I think a large part of why that’s going on is success in marketing the right products to the right people and, quite frankly, to the segment of the public that continues to purchase beef.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Legally Speaking

The new Senate and tax reform

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Top aides to the president have made the IRS hostile turf to honest taxpayers. The IRS has targeted individuals and organizations. IRS bureaucracy has demanded agents to lead no-change audits, to make greater demands for documents, and to disfavor settlements.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Vet's Perspective

Therapy for bovine respiratory disease

by WLJ
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise. Outbreaks of pneumonia can occur sporadically and without warning, causing a high incidence of disease within.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Checkoff drama continues

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Well, guess what? It’s going back to court. This time the Organization for Competitive Markets, (OCM) filed the suit but have attorneys from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) doing the work— pro bono, I assume. The OCM has strong relationships with the aforementioned groups that have been targeting the beef checkoff for years.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Black Ink

Profit with strings attached?

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Talk marketing with any longtime feeder, and they’re likely to tell you that they were skeptical of grid marketing at first.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Beef Talk

Cull deep enough to find those freeloaders

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Even though cow numbers are down, keeping cows that are not likely to produce a worthy calf next year is fruitless. Culling really is a process of drawing a line in the sand, and those cows that cannot cross the line are sent to market. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, the line is a combination of managerial chute-side judgments and data.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Sustainability defined

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s fine that this group took on the task of this definition, which is more of a conservation plan that can be adapted to any ecosystem worldwide.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Pasture Management

When your land talks, listen!

by Wayne Burleson
Knowing the health of any particular piece of ground— that is, what is happening on the soil surface and determining the health condition of the plants present— is important information, especially when you are about to make a major decision concerning land management.

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Friday, November 7,2014

DID YOU KNOW

The beef with ever-heavier carcass weights

by WLJ
So why is this occurring? We would argue genetics is a huge part of the equation. Today’s cattle can be fed to 950-lb. or even 1,000-lb. carcasses without excess fat. Certainly feeding and management strategies have had an impact. Today, many feeder cattle are grown to 850 or 900 lbs.

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