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Friday, February 28,2014

It's a cow market

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s been quite a February for the cattle markets, reaching new highs when demand is typically at its lowest. It’s amazing that beef demand has held up with average retail prices reaching a new high of $5.25. Now it appears beef is in a market of its CROW.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Letters to the Editor

by WLJ
Recent radio and TV programs have focused on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) management of wild horses, bringing up slaughter. No one has faced the simple solution to ending millions of tax dollars spent on wasteful, cruel, ineffective, stupid policies.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Vet's Perspective

E. coli vaccine... are we ready?

by WLJ
The importance of public health cannot be avoided, and researchers have been steadily working on a “One Health” program to ensure that both human and animal health is appropriately managed. A high risk illness caused by the bacterium known as Escherichia coli has been in the news headlines for years.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Saving Brawley

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The latest casualty in the beef processing industry makes you wonder who will be next. From the outside, it appeared that National’s Brawley beef plant had a nice little deal going on the West Coast. Feedlots filled with dairy steers that were no doubt contracted to go to Brawley Beef, and when Japan would only accept cattle from the U.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Setting Beef Industry Priorities

by WLJ
The process for setting priorities and planning programs for our Beef Checkoff investments can, at times, be confusing. However, the results of a Beef Industry Scan provided us with compelling research findings to help industry leaders better understand the trends and market characteristics.

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Friday, February 21,2014

WHAT A CHEF WANTS

A different route to success

by WLJ
Growing up in small town New Jersey and visiting a friend’s Portuguese restaurant in New York, Hutson developed a fascination with different foods by the age of nine. She watched cooking shows on TV and her family encouraged her to explore the kitchen.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Beef Talk

CHAPS Herd Benchmarks

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Performance in the beef business is evaluated by reviewing the overall herd. If there are indications that overall herd performance needs to be addressed, the first step is to compare the herd’s performance with a benchmark to gauge what is normal.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Cattle Industry Convention

by Pete Crow - Publisher
CattleFax again produced one of the most well-attended events at the beef industry convention that was held in Nashville, TN, a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps the most interesting part of their industry forecast is the long range weather forecast from Dr.

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Friday, February 14,2014

DID YOU KNOW?

Prime is the new premium target

by WLJ
The run-up in the fat cattle market surprised virtually everyone in the industry with how quickly it occurred and the magnitude of the jump. In late December, we were trading at $1.30/lb. and by mid-January we were chasing $1.50, and trade at that level was confirmed in Nebraska.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Beef Talk

What’s Changing in the Beef Industry?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
What is changing in the beef industry? Reviewing the data from the Cow Herd Appraisal of Performance Software (CHAPS) program, beef herds seem to be fairly constant.

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