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Friday, November 15,2013

Get serious on Checkoff

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s hard to think about investing in the beef industry’s future when cattle and beef values are already so high. As a whole, we need to breed more heifers and produce more products. Then we need to sell more of the high priced product. My concern is that beef prices will move higher and we will shun many consumers from eating beef.

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Friday, November 15,2013

Guest Opinion

Keep your eyes on Washington

by WLJ
I recently mentioned that consumers should begin watching the price of E85 and E10 as we enter a period where fuels with higher blends of ethanol could have a lower cost on an energy equivalent basis.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Legally Speaking

Tax regulations emphasize importance of appreciation in value of assets

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
An important consideration in audits is Factor No. 4 of the IRS Regulations. This factor is called, “Expectation That Assets Will Appreciate in Value.” The term “profit” in IRS Regulations encompasses appreciation in the value of assets such as land and/or livestock used in the activity, and was discussed in an early case, Engdahl v.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Beef Talk

Sending spayed heifers to the feedlot

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
They just broke 2 pounds a day of average daily gain on grass and are heading to the feedlot at 940 pounds. The center had 102 yearling heifers last spring. After selecting 25 replacement heifers, 77 were spayed and sent to grass. Of the 25 replacement heifers, 19 were diagnosed as pregnant.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Enjoy the markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Beef and cattle markets were trying to find some direction last week after live cattle ran up to the $134 level and the Choice beef cutout ran above $205 for a short period of time. Last Thursday packers were trying to offer $129 and feeders were asking $133 to $134.

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Friday, October 25,2013

Opportunity is ripe

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This cattle market over the past few weeks has put some much needed black ink in cattle feeder’s hands. And what do they do? Go and drive the feeder cattle markets even higher. Feeder cattle markets took a little bit of a breather this last week, but who could blame it after a very long extended rally starting in May.

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Friday, October 25,2013

Black Ink

Prime the pump

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Any intact male will provide some variety of calves, all worth more than ever. If they make it through the finishing phase, consumers will eat them all, even though the beef will cost more than ever. If they are disappointed, will they go back to that well?.

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Friday, October 25,2013

Beef Talk

The benefits of protein

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Properly managed forage supplies have the potential to increase rib-eye area in long yearling steers by 25 percent. Occasionally, data comes across the desk that causes one to sit back and say: Wow, could you repeat that? Yes, properly managed forage supplies have the potential to increase rib-eye area in grass steers by 25 percent.

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Friday, October 18,2013

Time for a political shift

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I don’t know how you all feel about this partial government shutdown deal. It’s over for now, but will be back in play this next January, so it isn’t really over in my book. It just means more of not knowing what this administration plans to do.

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Friday, October 18,2013

Guest Opinion

Millennials here we come!

by WLJ
The Millennial generation is even larger than the Baby Boomers—currently almost 30 percent of all adults and roughly 27 percent of the total population. Millennials are the most connected generation. They are 2.5 times more likely than older generations to be an early adopter of technology.

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