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Friday, January 23,2015

Respecting our global marketplace

by WLJ
As a cattleman, I know it’s important for the long-term health of the beef industry that we constantly improve our practices to grow an end product that consumers will want to continue serving to their families. And as a businessman, I also understand the importance of continuous expansion of our market to maintain that sustainability.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Beef Talk

Buy wisely and spend thriftily

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Dollars are the common denominator. Why be in the beef business without a return to labor and management? With current demand for replacement cattle indicative of a positive industry stance to maintaining and expanding the beef business, now is a good time to ponder some fundamental costs of the business.

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Monday, January 19,2015

Market adjustments

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets are struggling to find value. The live cattle futures contract has declined over $10 over the past week to $155.80, while the cash market touched $170 live. This week fed cattle are trading $5-6 lower, but still a $10 premium over CROW.

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Friday, January 16,2015

We're counting on you

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
I know what it’s like to have someone depending on me. I have four little children who look to me for clean clothes, a full tummy, and lots of love and support. It’s been a few years, but I also remember what it’s like to come to a feedbunk, lined with cattle looking up, eagerly awaiting breakfast or supper.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Beef Talk

After-the-party blues

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Beef fever, the 2014 attitude. Ever hosted one of those over-the-top parties? They seem to be enjoyable and many people attend.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Guest Opinion

More Affordable Care Act surprises

by DTN
Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unlike any tax legislation I have ever seen. We are more than four years since enactment, yet the surprises keep unfolding. The latest administrative decree from the Department of Labor (DOL) will require some coordination between ag producers and their tax preparers.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Dietary mission creep

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Have you had enough of the progressive politics in our government yet? The beef industry is under assault again, this time through the federal government’s dietary guidelines, which are updated every five years. In the past, the struggle for beef was to explain its role in nutrition, and CROW.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Beef Talk

Revising the bull pen

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Each year, the Dickinson Research Extension Center reviews the bulls from the previous year to cut back on what bulls need to be overwintered.

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Friday, January 2,2015

The realignment

by Pete Crow - Publisher
If you look at the market dynamics this last December, feeder cattle markets were due for the correction that took place. The year 2014 produced a cattle market that will more than likely never be seen again; you can say it was historical, and you were part of it.

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Friday, January 2,2015

A new beginning after 42 years ringside

by WLJ
They say that all good things must come to an end, and so it is that I announce my retirement from Western Livestock Journal. After 42 years of traveling, I have decided to call it a day. I can’t tell you how hard a decision this was and yet I knew it was one I had to make.

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