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Monday, March 9,2015

Pray for Snow

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It appears that we’re headed for a dry summer in the western states, where they have been in an extended drought. Here in Colorado, we received a good shot of snow that for the most part stayed in the mountains and dumped several feet. The state of Colorado has 92 percent of our normal snowpack and we have our wettest months before us.

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Friday, March 6,2015

Beef Talk

Got the calving book handy?

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Data needs to start somewhere. In the cattle business, it starts with the calving book. The calendar probably will have some notes on it for those once-yearly events. For instance, bull turnout, weaning, cattle sales, branding and calf workings are all examples of annual events.

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Friday, March 6,2015

Legally Speaking

The material participation test can trick taxpayers

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Often enough taxpayers who are audited in connection with their farming or livestock activities are questioned on the issue known in the tax law as the “material participation test.” Under this legal test, you are permitted to deduct losses against outside salary and wages only if, among other things, you “materially participate” in the activity.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Kay's Korner

Producers’ quality focus

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle producers, from the ranch to the feedlot, continue to focus on producing the highest quality cattle they can. That’s because they know that producing the finest grain-fed beef in the world is the big advantage the U.S. has over every other beef producing nation.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Guest Opinion

SD Farmers Union president shares his frustration

by WLJ
When it was suggested that authority to increase property taxes be returned to County Commission and Township Boards, Haggar’s response was: “Those county officials are going to find ways to spend the money. Their appetites will rise to the level of the candy available.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Guest Opinion

Lowering the gangplank

by WLJ
Yet once you know that a refrigerated container contains a payload equivalent to 44 fattened steers or 210 finished hogs, once you imagine a cargo ship riding low in the waves with as many as 5,000 containers on board, all of a sudden it seems like a pretty good day’s work.

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Monday, March 2,2015

Markets in limbo

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Boxed beef cutout values are on the rise this past week after several weeks of production declines. Packers have been experiencing losses of $100 per head for several weeks and that looks to be changing. The Choice cutout was $244.24 last Tuesday, up about $5 from the.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Union chokes economy

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This situation with the West Coast shipping ports is getting out of hand and has been for a while. Beef and meat exports to our Asian customers have been damaged and it will take some time to rectify. The labor unions are fighting for relevance while the rest of the.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Black Ink

We still want beef

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“Even during a recession, folks still want to have beautiful moments in their lives,” says John Lundeen, Senior Executive Director of Market Research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Do you support your Beef Checkoff Program? I do.

by WLJ
That’s something I’m excited to support. In fact, an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways, including contributing to a positive trend in beef demand and the profitability of their operations.

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