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Friday, September 13,2013

Black Ink

Penny saved, dollar lost?

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
According to Texas data, those costs have jumped to nearly $600 per head from maybe half that a few decades ago. At a recent meeting, a Nebraska ag business economist estimated the number had climbed to $800. You can blame that on everything from land and feed prices to labor and fuel.

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Friday, September 13,2013

Guest Opinion

Considering the complexity of decision making

by WLJ
I like a houseful of children. I cannot help but smile when I hear their infectious laughter and the conversations that stem from yet unbridled imaginations. I love it, until I realize it is dinner time and there are several more children present than I can claim as my own.

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Friday, September 13,2013

COOL denied

by Pete Crow - Publisher
After re-racking the COOL rule in the wake of a WTO complaint from Mexico and Canada, the USDA was forced into a do-over on the rule. Mexico and Canada and the entire meat industry weren’t very happy with the rule that USDA came up with which mandates a new label that will require born, raised and slaughtered information.

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Friday, September 6,2013

Seasonal patterns

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Higher, higher and higher is the mantra of the feeder cattle market, which has been on a rally of extraordinary strength. It’s just amazing that this market has been on a three month roll and nothing is holding it back.

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Friday, September 6,2013

Beef Talk

Vaccinate and prepare valuable calves for market

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If the calves have not been vaccinated, now would be a good time to establish a vaccination plan with your local veterinarian.

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Friday, September 6,2013

Guest Opinion

Why not be pro-active with marketing strategy?

by WLJ
How many times have you heard it? “I raise good cattle, but I just take them to town and I take what they give me!” Many Oklahoma commercial cow/ calf ranchers do a great job of selecting, feeding, caring for, and taking to market top quality cattle, yet do very little, if anything, about promoting the products they sell.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Calves and feeders remain strong

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s been quite a summer for calves and feeder cattle. The market took off in June and hasn’t looked back. Ever smaller supplies of feeding cattle have forced cattle feeders to dig deep into their pockets if they want to keep their yards operating efficiently.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Kay's Korner

Blind eye over Zilmax

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The Zilmax story is still unfolding. But years from now, it should be taught as a cautionary tale of how the best intentions can go awry. Merck Animal Health, which makes the feed supplement, had spent 30 years developing and testing the product.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Guest Opinion

Better forage conditions in many drought regions

by WLJ
I have had the opportunity to travel nearly 4,000 miles in the month of August over a good deal of the drought areas of the Southern Plains and western Great Plains. In one trip I traveled across the Texas Panhandle and made a loop covering much of central and eastern New Mexico.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Management Topics

Crossbreed instead of using beta-agonists

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
With the whole Zilmax controversy shining a light on the use of beta-agonists, I think we all need to stand back and review their value to the industry. I question the real benefits of them to our industry when in my opinion crossbreeding our current British-based cowherd with Continental cattle may achieve the same results.

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