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Friday, August 23,2013

Technology for a better breed

by WLJ
Every breed of every species contains genetic abnormalities. Each breed of cattle contains them, but because Angus has the largest population, they have had the most attention from corporate DNA labs and academic institutions as they have the quickest means to validating DNA technology.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Beef Talk

New ventures come with unprotected risk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Perhaps one is somewhat handicapped in the beef business without a marketing background. Marketing information is continuous and certainly needed. There are processes that allow producers to cover market risk, and given the center’s recent $300 losses in feeding cattle, one comes to appreciate those risk processes.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Black Ink

More than one path to cattle profit

by WLJ
Tom Brink, president of J&F Oklahoma Holdings, says feeding 1.6 million cattle per year at Five Rivers Feedlots has led him to conclude: “Planned crossbreeding is not the problem. Planned straight breeding is not the problem. Breeding cattle without any consistent plan is the problem.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Antagonistic relationship

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Live cattle markets finally moved off the six-week average of $119 last week when Tyson foods announced that they would not be buyers of cattle fed the beta-agonist Zilmax. The announcement came on Aug. 7 during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) midyear conference in Denver.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Beef Talk

Pondering grass

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Dickinson Research Extension Center (REC) had three pens of yearling steers. One pen (A) was harvested when the steers were 18.1 months old. The next pen (B) was harvested when the steers were 21.4 months old and the last pen (C) was harvested when they were 22.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Black Ink

Retaining an interest

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Some were all about buying low, selling high and happiest when they beat both their supplier and buyer. But in the mid 1990s, more feeders made new commitments to customer service, reaching out into the country. They wanted “relationships” with producers.

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Friday, August 9,2013

EPA to change RFS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
All of a sudden, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come to their senses about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate and finally realized that cellulosic ethanol won’t be a big contributor to the ethanol mix for a while.

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Friday, August 9,2013

LETTERS

Checkoff dollars are used to promote beef

by WLJ
Councils that direct how producer dollars are used are not allowed to engage in policy decision, and checkoff dollars cannot be used to lobby or promote policy issues. That is why I was at first confused that a member of CBB would be weighing in so heavily on a policy matter from his position.

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Friday, August 9,2013

Guest Opinion

Unlocking the power of Keystone

by WLJ
Next month will mark five years since TransCanada first applied to the U.S. State Department to build the Keystone XL pipeline. In those five years, we have endured a financial collapse and a Great Recession, and we continue to struggle with stubbornly high unemployment.

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Friday, August 2,2013

Price discovery

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Fed cattle markets have been pretty dull this past July. The cash price for fed cattle was $119 every week of the month. Futures markets have also been dull, with the August contract staying in a $3 trading range for the month. We know that July is typically the hardest month on the fed CROW.

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