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Friday, September 27,2013

Guest Opinion

Born & raised in the USA before it was COOL

by WLJ
For the past 13 years I have had a front row seat to one of the most important issues facing the beef industry: the issue of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).

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Friday, September 27,2013

Beef Talk

Plan ahead to wean stress-free calves

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Are they all here? It never seems to fail that when the crew goes out to gather the cow/calf pairs, we are short one. The obvious response is: Any dead ones? The crew looks wry-faced and reasserts that they can tell a dead calf, so no, they did not find a dead calf!.

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Friday, September 27,2013

EPA overreach

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The recent weather roller coaster has me wondering when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is going to step in. With all of the Colorado flooding wreaking havoc on feedlots and oil fields, I’m sure there are countless fines to be handed out and new regulations to be made.

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Friday, September 20,2013

More cows, please

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week we experienced major moisture events in much of the country. Here in Colorado we received a years’ worth of rain and hail in roughly four days. Larimer County in central Colorado received up to 18 inches of rain in a few short days and many parts of the state received three to six inches of rain.

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Friday, September 20,2013

Guest Opinion

Herd expansion means tighter supply first

by WLJ
With a U.S. cattle inventory at levels not seen since 1952, “We’re much smaller than we ever intended to be,” Peel said. Drought and other circumstances led producers to liquidate their cow herds 15 out of the last 17 years, despite recent market signals to expand.

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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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