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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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Friday, July 13,2012

Round two of record breakers

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week we prayed for rain and it seemed to work pretty well here in Colorado with a couple inches of the golden material hitting the ground. It also was a godsend for the fires in the area. So far this has to be the most destructive fire season we’ve ever seen in Colorado.

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Friday, July 6,2012

Kay's Korner

Steaks fuel cutout strength

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
We may be a ground beef nation but steaks still put the sizzle in wholesale beef prices and underpin fed cattle prices. That’s what occurred this spring, as beef cutout values responded to aggressive retail featuring of steak items for the Memorial Day weekend and throughout June.

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Friday, July 6,2012

Guest Opinion

Weather and other factors change cattle market outlook

by WLJ
Prices for cattle of all classes and for beef are higher than this time last year. However, cattle market conditions have changed significantly in the past few weeks and most prices have declined recently. The biggest factor is weather which is impacting markets directly and indirectly, both in the immediate short run as well as farther down the road.

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Friday, July 6,2012

Comments

Gamble on grass

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Time to pray for rain, just don’t pray too hard. We certainly don’t want it all at once. Recent weather patterns have been very disturbing. It’s hard to make any kind of feed without water and we’re past the point where we’re going to make any summer pasture that is worth much.

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Friday, June 29,2012

Make drought plans now!

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I’m sure I don’t need to tell most of you about it, because most of you all can feel it, but this dry weather is really becoming a problem. Last year, the dry weather was limited to mostly the south and southwest. We had some hot weather in the Midwest, but it wasn’t the CROW.

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Friday, June 22,2012

COMMENTS

by WLJ
Monday was an excellent day for Ray-Mar Ranches, Oakdale, CA, as they dispersed their entire commercial cowherd through Cattlemen’s Livestock Market (CLM), Galt, CA. The top end of the cows reached $1,900 per head with the full-mouth cows averaging close to $1,600 on almost 400 head.

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Friday, June 15,2012

Life's lessons come with a cost

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The first big video sales are getting underway; Superior Livestock Auction held their first two-day sale in Des Moines, IA, last week and it was a good one. Buying feeder cattle this summer is going to take nerves of steel. It appears the heavy cattle will be selling for big money.

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