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Friday, October 31,2014

More COOL

by Pete Crow - Publisher
By all accounts, it appears that the USDA will appeal the decision from WTO again, which will take time. USDA and the U.S. Trade Representatives have 60 days to appeal, then it’s assumed that the process will take another nine months to get the WTO’s appeal decision.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Letter to the editor

You aren't paranoid if they really are out to get you

by WLJ
When the Taylor Grazing Act was passed into law in 1934, its purpose was “to bring conservation to the public lands and stabilize the livestock industry dependent upon it.” It’s a given that conservation doesn’t mean what it did in 1934. Stabilization has evolved into destabilization as BLM’s management, of ten,.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Black Ink

Beef quantity is down, but quality is up

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
It doesn’t take a mathematician to think, “Wait, something doesn’t add up.” Yet, that’s the reality in today’s marketplace. Fed steer and heifer harvest was down 6.2 percent for the first 32 weeks of the year, but it wasn’t an even distribution across all quality grades (See Chart 1).

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Friday, October 31,2014

Kay's Korner

Food labeling insanity

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Not only do consumers have all these choices; they can read comprehensive nutrition labels to help them make sensible dietary choices. Moreover, they can expect to pay a reasonable price for most food products. I use “reasonable” in relation to food prices in other countries.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Beef Talk

When a cow is determined to be market beef, sell her

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Current discussions focus on increasing cow numbers, but it may be ill-advised to change cow culling schemes. When a cow is determined to be market beef, sell her.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Black Ink

Fixer uppers: profiting from cull cows

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Decades of using at least breed-average bulls in the pasture and artificial insemination (AI) on the top half moved their progeny up from 10 percent premium Choice to eight times that. I would not want to start over with any other cows now, but it’s still easy to find a bottom 20 percent in these.

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Friday, October 24,2014

West Coast bull sale recap

by WLJ
It’s been widely documented that California is in the midst of the most severe drought on record in the state, and it’s estimated that nearly 30 percent of the cow herd has exited the state over the past 12 months.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Who do you trust?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This Ebola virus situation is getting a little out of hand. It shows once again that the federal government and the Obama administration just can’t govern and are a little too lackadaisical about doing the job.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Management Topics

Heifer selection in commercial herds

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Proper selection of heifers is vitally important as our industry works to expand. There are some general principles for any commercial operation to consider, as well as more intensive selection criteria for sire-identified herds, as well as genomic tests.

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Friday, October 17,2014

BQA, a point of pride

by WLJ
At the Padlock Ranch, we strive to manage the resources and assets of the ranch for long-term sustainability, and the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program (BQA) helps us meet our goal of producing quality beef.

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