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Friday, June 14,2013

Politics of neighbors

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It sounds like it ought to be a simple matter, to label meat products with their country of origin, but when you take it to the level of where it was born, where it was raised and where it was slaughtered, things get a bit more cumbersome and expensive for processors and distributors.

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Friday, June 14,2013

Beef Talk

Cows need grass and grass needs cows

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The unpruned plant probably will look long and scraggly with a few flowers on it. The pruned plant will look robust and full of new leaves and additional flowers. Good gardeners spend all summer snipping, pinching and pruning their selected plants to make them more vigorous, full and gorgeous.

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Friday, June 14,2013

The "Great Northwest" Livestock Tour

by WLJ
The most important part of the annual tour is not just the distinctive stops, it is the friendships and networking that take place..

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Friday, June 7,2013

Conditional risk

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This farm bill will cost nearly a trillion dollars over 10 years, according to the Office of Management and Budget, and will save somewhere between 24 billion over the 10-year span. I honestly don’t understand how Congress got into this 10-year budget idea.

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Friday, June 7,2013

Management Topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
S e e dstock producers submit performance data to their associations to produce genetic predictions, and the basis for these are weight/ measure deviations within a contemporary group. To make these genetic predictions as precise and reliable as possible, it is of paramount importance that contemporary groups be formed properly.

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Friday, June 7,2013

Guest Opinion

by WLJ
Perhaps the surest sign that the drought in Oklahoma has been severely dented is the return of severe weather that reminds us why Oklahoma is the heart of Tornado Alley. The latest round of storms culminated in deadly tornados and record rain totals in central and eastern Oklahoma which added to the grisly human toll for the month of May 2013.

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Friday, May 31,2013

It's a fast market

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Market fundamentals are starting to look pretty good right now although a few things look a little out of line. The beef industry finally got the cutout over $2 on May 2 and it has remained there with the top coming in just before Labor Day at $211.67. The last.

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Friday, May 31,2013

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
One weekend does not make a market. But the beef industry was hoping for a beef sales bonanza over the Memorial Day holiday. Alas, Mother Nature decided to rain on the beef parade. Instead of warm, sunny weather that would have encouraged more grilling, it was wet and cool in parts of the Midwest and Northeast.

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Friday, May 31,2013

Beef talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The ranch discussion focuses on the occasional problems. Problems always will crop up, but when work, time off and sleep are balanced, people make better decisions. Those improved decisions make for fewer complications and better outcomes, so there is a better work environment.

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Friday, May 24,2013

Thinking of the family

by Pete Crow - Publisher
First I have to say that states that have seat belt laws have them for good reason. The Montana Highway Patrol said that they would have had a good chance of making it if they were wearing their seat belts. The Highway Patrol also told us that there have been seven accidents on that same curve in the last two weeks.

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