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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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Friday, May 27,2011

Reproductive efficiency

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
When you breed or turn out bulls with heifers or cows, you have certain expectations. Ideally, you want each of them to become pregnant, deliver an unassisted, healthy calf, and raise it to half its mommas weight six months later.

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Friday, May 20,2011

NWSS sees new future

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There has been a lot of talk about the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, making a move over the past few weeks. The idea of the 105-year-old livestock show moving to a new location has been in the works for the past 10 years and it appears there is some real traction behind the effort. At the NWSS annual board

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Friday, May 20,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Numbers are sketchy, but perhaps that remains at the heart of the many issues in the beef business. Granted, there are numbers by the truckload for markets and feedlots. These numbers are utilized daily and help guide those involved in some portions of the beef industry.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
Its not commonly known in all parts of the country, but yours truly takes photographs. Ive spent years chasing around the Pacific Northwest taking pictures of rural and agricultural people in all sorts of situationssome dire, others, proud and happy.

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Friday, May 20,2011

OBITUARY

by WLJ
OBITUARY Milton John Costa Milton Costa, a Nampa, ID, resident, was born August 26, 1944, in Hanford, CA, and lived most of his life in Paso Robles, CA. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Costa; three sons, Brian, Sean (wife, Teri, and granddaughter, Caitlynn) and Tyler (fiancée Leah)....

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Friday, May 13,2011

Getting along

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is an interesting organization. It seems that cattle people either love them, hate them, don’t trust them, or don’t care about them. I suppose that every trade group could be viewed this way because no one can agree on everything. Last week, I was following up on a story

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Friday, May 6,2011

Miracles can happen

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It has been interesting watching all the debate about the issues concerning the beef checkoff and the turf war between National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board over the past several months. The debate essentially revolves around NCBA handling most of the money and

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Thursday, April 28,2011

Summer volatility ahead

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets were a bit softer last week, but recovered somewhat by the week’s end. We’ve all been wondering when this market would get a bit softer and it looks like we’re starting to see it. We’re approaching the high-demand summer grilling season and slaughter rates should start to pick up and keep the larger cattle inventory moving, barring any

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