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Friday, August 2,2013

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The numbers never did add up for Northern Beef Packers (NBP) in Aberdeen, SD. Around the time that plans for its new plant were getting off the ground, the national cattle herd had completed three years of extremely modest expansion and then returned to contraction mode.

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Friday, August 2,2013

Guest Opinion

First look at fall grazing prospects

by WLJ
The moisture has two impacts, including boosting summer forage production of both pastures and hay, and increasing prospects for wheat pasture this fall. While conditions could turn dry at any time, the soil moisture in place now likely means that early wheat establishment for grazing will be possible.

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Friday, July 26,2013

Feeder cattle on the move

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The December corn contract broke below $5 last week, which seemed like a major support level. Some of the latest corn reports are suggesting we’ll have a good pollination season despite the late planting, and there appears to be confidence that we’ll have a record-setting corn crop this year.

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Friday, July 26,2013

Guest Opinion

The fight needs to stop

by WLJ
This fight has gone on far too long! Not the battles between the cattlemen and the Humane Society of the United States, Sierra Club, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or even chicken producers. No, I mean the fight among cattlemen over mandatory country-of-origin labeling (MCOOL).

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Friday, July 26,2013

Vet's Perspective

Anaplasmosis

by WLJ
Anaplasma marginale or Anaplasma caudatum are the infectious cause of the general disease termed Anaplasmosis, also known as gall sickness. Anaplasma species are rickettsial parasites or bacteria that spend some of their life cycle within an arthropod.

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Friday, July 26,2013

Letters

by WLJ
As an appointee to the 106-member Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) I often wonder if I/we are spending your beef checkoff dollars in the best interest of beef promotion.

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Friday, July 19,2013

Where's the accountability?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The House of Representatives may have put the cart ahead of the horse on their recent farm bill project. Last week, the House narrowly passed a farm bill that excluded any food assistance programs. Separating the two pieces of legislation is a good idea in my CROW.

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Friday, July 19,2013

Black Ink

More than middles

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Perhaps it’s this fascination with the steakhouse, or it could be the way we talk about the filet mignons, New York strips or prime ribs like they’re the ultimate test of beef greatness. Whatever the cause, somehow folks are often led to believe that’s the only place quality matters.

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Friday, July 19,2013

Beef Talk

Good fences make good neighbors

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The points made in the saying are very true. Anyone who has a fence certainly must ponder why all the effort is being made in keeping a fence. Frost notes the difficulty of maintaining a fence as the forces of nature beat upon the structure.

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Friday, July 12,2013

COOL again

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It looks like the gloves are off in this industry battle for a bad Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law. Last week, eight U.S. and Canadian meat and livestock industry groups filed suit against USDA for injunctive relief regarding COOL.

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