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Friday, April 27,2012

Beef Talk

I wish they were all like that one!

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The old saying of thinking outside of one’s box is very real. If we only stay within our own box or environment, we do not really expand our thinking. With no expansion of thought, we never will know what the world could be. We may not want to tackle such a big question.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Guest Opinion

Fear not the Ides of March

by WLJ
I’m not one who typically quotes Shakespearean literature but one thing I remember from high school is Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where the soothsayer utters these ominous words to Caesar: “Beware the Ides of March.” Historically, there’s actually nothing ominous about the definition of Ides.

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Friday, April 20,2012

Comments

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The boxed beef cutout value had a nice rally last week, up about $7, and it brought fed cattle values up a little bit with it. Still, the weak aspect of the market is slaughter level. The industry needs to start processing cattle in the mid 600,000-head range and get this summer demand going.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Beef Talk

Drought and stocking rates are two key terms

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
This past year, depending on where an individual lives, has set records for warm, moistureless days. Last spring and summer, as those in the north country battled excess snow and spring rain, only the occasional southern drought article found itself on the list of things to read.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Mad markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The news of lean finely textured beef (LFTB) did have some influence on beef markets and the attitude of consumers. However, beef trade had been lackluster prior to that episode. Many market watchers have been waiting for grilling season to get underway, hoping that the seasonal trend would light up the beef markets.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Guest Opinion

Time has come to end the destructive death tax

by WLJ
Yesterday, I joined with 34 of my Senate colleagues to introduce the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act (S 2242). This legislation will permanently abolish the federal estate tax, better known by ranchers, farmers and family business owners across America as the “death tax.

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Friday, April 6,2012

From the field

by WLJ
In a 1-inch rainstorm, 27,154 gallons of water fall for every one acre of ground (U.S. Geological Survey). Compare this to the amount of rainfall the drought throughout the southern U.S. missed out on a year ago and you soon realize how much water that area didn’t receive.

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Friday, March 30,2012

KAY'S Korner

Into the gutter

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The gutter press appears to be alive and well in America. How else can one describe the appalling media disparagement of lean finely textured beef (LFTB) and Beef Products, Inc., (BPI) one of the two companies that make it? I’m not a conspiracy theorist.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Vet's perspective

Testing Lameness in bulls

by WLJ
As you are well aware, your bull or bulls are especially valuable to the productivity of any well-operated ranch. By quickly and accurately identifying lameness issues within the herd, one can diagnose and treat those animals most efficiently in order to avoid significant loss of profit in the long run.

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Friday, March 30,2012

COMMENTS

Media mayhem

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This episode with Beef Products Inc. (BPI) is a real tragedy. Last week, BPI shut down three of their four plants and temporarily laid of 650 people at those plants. It’s amazing that an elite segment of the general media was willing to throw them under the bus, espe- CROW.

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