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Friday, August 10,2012

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Report card is in

by Pete Crow - Publisher
beef industry’s report card came out during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s midyear meeting a couple weeks ago. It shows that most beef producers have done a pretty good job improving the product over the past 20 years when the first National Beef Quality Audit CROW.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Kay's Korner

Quality is even more critical

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Beef producers face the most widespread drought in their lifetimes. This means their drought management options are fewer than in years when droughts might have been just as severe but much more local. Take the historic Texas-Oklahoma drought that finally broke this spring.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Letter to the Editor

by WLJ
There is absolutely no scientific basis for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to not allow grazing of burned acres for two years. In Elko County, I challenged the BLM policy on a burn we experienced and they allowed grazing the first year after seed ripe.

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Friday, August 3,2012

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Corn crunch

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets have declined a bit over the past few weeks but they are still relatively strong. Yearlings at 750 pounds are still selling for $150/cwt. And light calves are still selling around $200 or more. The big question is, what are you going to feed them?.

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Friday, August 3,2012

Beef Talk

Tough decisions, but cattle must pay for themselves

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The weather continues to make life interesting. I am tempted to say the weather makes life difficult. If that were true, life always would be difficult because, as long as the earth spins and continues its rotation around the sun, the weather never will be uninteresting or constant.

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Friday, August 3,2012

Black Ink

Lung adhesions rob profit

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
The 2012 report includes TCSCF retained ownership records from cattle fed in 18 cooperating yards that used common nutrition, health and management strategies.

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Friday, July 27,2012

Grocery bill

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Corn went over $8 a bushel last week, and soy beans were around $17 a bushel. These are new record level prices for these commodities. This situation makes one wonder where the grain markets will end up when it’s time to harvest. I don’t see moisture conditions getting.

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Friday, July 20,2012

Legally Speaking

Issues concerning criminal tax evasion

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Most individuals who fail to file tax returns, or underreport income or take inflated tax deductions may end up being assessed a “fraud” penalty, which enhances the tax liability but does not proceed into the criminal arena.

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Friday, July 20,2012

It’s not all bad

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week, the markets pulled a fast one that I’m still having a hard time figuring out. Corn moved up the limit, feeder cattle moved up the limit, and fed cattle moved up near the allowable trading limit. When corn goes this high, feeder cattle just aren’t supposed to go limit up.

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Friday, July 20,2012

Letter to the Editor

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
I read with great interest last week’s article, “Composites may trade predictability for simplicity” by Miranda Reiman of Certified Angus Beef (CAB). The hypothesis of the article was that using composite (F1) bulls had a number of disadvantages compared to purebred bulls and straightbreeding.

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