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Monday, December 15,2014

Power of the purse

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Watching the federal government fund itself is always entertaining. This last $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill may be just about right because it seems that nobody is happy with it because they didn’t get everything they wanted. It always amazes me that Congress passes laws and then we go to battle to fund the law or not.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Beef Talk

Prepping for the bull-buying season

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
I am going to say this three times: A producer does not need to know all the mathematics, justifications or scientific “who done it” aspects of breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs). These EPDs are available to all purebred and commercial producers, so use them.

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Monday, December 8,2014

Make it go away

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Don’t you at times wish this Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) issue would go away? For some reason in the cattle business we take on issues that have the potential to harm our industry and we won’t let them go until somebody gets satisfaction.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Vet's Perspective

Winter conditioning for problem calves

by WLJ
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with orphaned calves in cold fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Did You Know

Heifer retention shapes current feedlot, carcass performance

by WLJ
Sex No. In Weight Final Avg. Days Avg. Daily Feed/ Avg. Cost Weight on Feed Gain Gain (Dry Basis) % Death Loss of Gain Weight Steers 71,168 791 1,402 163 3.73 5.72 1.18 92.46 Heifers 96,537 722 1,245 159 3.26 6.15 1.27 98.61 Source: Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Focus on Feedlots newsletter (July, August and September 2014 data).

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Friday, November 28,2014

Markets gone wild

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It is remarkable how high cattle prices have come; we’re producing just 6 percent less beef than a year ago but the prices of fed steers have increased roughly 30 percent, when fed cattle were trading at $130, and late week fed cattle were trading at $171 with some trades as high as $174.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Kay's Korner

When is big too big?

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle feeders have done a masterful job this year of feeding cattle as long as possible, at the same time remaining fairly current in their marketings. The result has been record heavy steer and heifer carcasses and the percentage of cattle grading USDA Prime breaching 5 percent for the first time.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
Steve Alder, Executive Director of the ironically named Idaho for Wildlife, does a wonderful job highlighting the attitudes behind the Salmon Idaho Predator Derby (“Predator hunt delayed a week in Idaho,” Nov.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Guest Opinion

Renewable accounts: Rules of the game

by WLJ
We have a federal law, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates minimum biofuel use by type and year through 2022. By November, the EPA is required to finalize mandates for the upcoming year. That includes lowering the mandates in the event of expected economic harm or inadequate supply.

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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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