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Friday, July 8,2011

Vetīs perspective

by WLJ
Increased ambient temperatures this summer should raise producer awareness of heat stress conditions affecting their livestock and pets. Heat stroke is a condition resulting from an increased body temperature.

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Friday, July 1,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The future of beef starts with beef systems that generate a per-cow gross margin of $600 and hold direct costs to less than $400 and overhead to less than $100 per cow. After all, the future is what we really desire to know. Unfortunately, much of the future remains hidden behind a wall that we are not given privilege to peek behind.

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Friday, July 1,2011

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
I recently had the privilege of addressing California beef producers at their midyear meeting. The state has had one of its best spring grass seasons in years, so everyone had a smile on his or her face. I hope what I told them made them feel even better.

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Friday, July 1,2011

Fuzzy math

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Boy, it really makes you wonder just how these guys in government think. This country owes more that $14 trillion and we are running a $1.6 trillion budget deficit, but Congress is squabbling over a few free trade agreements (FTAs) that would create more than $20 billion in commerce between

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Friday, July 1,2011

OBITUARIES

by WLJ
Marlene May Wood was born Sept. 10, 1933, in Susanville, CA, and spent her early years in Bun- tingville, Lassen County, with her parents, Lloyd and Florence Hoff- man, and her brothers, John and Floyd. She passed away Friday, June 24, 2011, in her home at Horse Lake Ranch in Susanville.

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Friday, July 1,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
While USDA already has traceability requirements as part of existing animal disease control programs, the proposed framework goes much further to require animal tagging and tracing of all adult cattle moving in interstate commerce, even absent any active disease threat.

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Friday, July 1,2011

GUEST editorial

by WLJ
There is a thriving worldwide market for horse meat...but no one in the U.S. is able to start a horse meat businesses, create a single job, or help meet the consumer demand for an affordable, delicious, high quality protein source.

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Friday, June 24,2011

It’s volatile, so hedge

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There is more volatility in the commodity markets. Two weeks ago, cattle markets were on a roll, gaining several dollars going into Father’s Day weekend with cash fed cattle trading at $108-109. Then the June 1 Cattle on Feed report came out and, the following Monday morning, the markets took off. It was starting to look like the

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Friday, June 24,2011

Beyond good looks

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Records should confirm those mature-weight guesses and, factoring in average weaning weights, point out the most and least efficient cows. Ear tag numbers should convey age at a glance, and the oldest cows have made us the most money.

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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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