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Friday, June 24,2011

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The recent Beef Improvement Fede r a t i o n (BIF) Conf e r e n c e held in Bozeman, MT, was a highlight for anyone interested in beef cattle genetics, efficiency and new technology. For background, beef production is the fourth largest U.S. manufacturing industry with $71 billion retail equivalent value in 2006 (www.

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Friday, June 24,2011

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
While the USDAs Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administrations (GIPSA) proposed livestock and poultry marketing rule is intended to provide a fair market, should it be implemented, it will be anything but fair to progressive producers, consumers and the cattle themselves.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
For us, this has been a rugged winter. I know this because I have my tractor mechanicís phone number memorized. This is not speed dialóweíre talking memorized and available at a momentís notice. In my old age, I might forget my own phone number, but his is burned in my memory. One day, he and I were sipping coffee at a restaurant in town and discussing options for my aged backhoe.

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Thursday, June 16,2011

Looking better

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The big summer video sales are around the corner and they are usually the market setters. Cattle markets have been in a decline over the past six to eight weeks, but appear to have stabilized for now. Cash fed cattle seemed to have drawn a line at $104, but that is far from what unhedged feeders will require to

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Thursday, June 9,2011

Dividing lines

by Pete Crow - Publisher
In just a few weeks, the summer beef industry conference will be held in Orlando, FL. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Federation of State Beef Councils, state cattlemen’s associations and just about anyone else connected to the beef industry will meet to set policy and

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Friday, June 3,2011

Better business climate

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There have been quite a few political issues on the front burner lately that have a huge effect on the cattle and beef industry. The political winds appear to be shifting, and a pro-business environment seems to be slowly developing. It seems that lawmakers are at least acting serious

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Friday, June 3,2011

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle producers know only too well that a federal agency with an activist agenda can wreak a lot of havoc.

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Friday, June 3,2011

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
This week (May 30-June 3, 2011), we are honoring two engines in our nations diverse economy: trade and the American beef industry. These two engines at first look may not seem like a natural fit. However, it is telling that World Trade Week occurs during American Beef Month.

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Friday, May 27,2011

The big gulp

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The fed cattle markets have been ugly the past month, down $19 in seven weeks. Many market analysts were expecting a decline going into the summer and forecast a typical seasonal decline around 15 percent by July. This average decline would have placed the market in the neighborhood of $105 from

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Friday, May 27,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The beef business hit some positive returns, according to the North Dakota Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Program (www.ndfarmmanagement. com) and FINBIN (www. finbin.umn.edu/) farm financial database from the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.

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