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Friday, August 22,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
An enemy sits in Washington, DC, and refuses for years to allocate funds for its employees to travel to ranchers, farms or cattlemen’s meetings, likely for the specific reason of maintaining no chance of their underlings for fraternizing with ‘their’ enemy.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Guest Opinion

The expanding universe of livestock

by DTN
Sometime in the late 1920s, after countless nights of craning his neck through the nooks and crannies of the Milky Way, Edward Hubble concluded that the universe was indeed still expanding in the wake of the Big Bang, that first true spark of herd building launched 13.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
The “differing views” on trespass law (Western Livestock Journal, August 11, 2014, pg. 1, pg. 8) have succeeded in making a hash of a simple situation.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Black Ink

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
The homestretch is a term borrowed from horse racetracks in the 1800s to describe the final phase of any endeavor. Applying it to calves now suggests weaning is the finish line, although in the big picture we have to realize this is just one of several laps on the track of beef production.

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Friday, August 15,2014

New levels mean new optimism

by WLJ
Forecasters have been calling for this trend for almost two years, and as the national cow herd tries to rebound and find stable numbers again, the overpowering temptation to market young females into the feeding chain is hindering the cow herd’s ability to keep up.

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Friday, August 8,2014

A Russian reaction

by Pete Crow - Publisher
These cattle markets continue to amaze me. The cattle futures took a dump last Thursday with nearly all feeder cattle contracts down the $3 limit in early trading. The live cattle contract wasn’t hit as hard, but suffered.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Beef Talk

May I borrow your land?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Perhaps the word “aggressive” is too harsh, but there certainly is an interesting relationship that is created when the person who owns or leases the surface of the land meets the person who owns the other side of the coin, which is known as subsurface or mineral rights.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Did you know?

Relief from heat stress may help quality grades

by WLJ
July and August are considered “the dog days of summer,” and for most cattle folks, a very busy time of the year. It’s a time when heat and humidity most affect those in the cattle feeding industry, especially in the Midwest and central regions of the Great Plains.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Kay's Korner

Perfect pairing promotions

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Some combinations are obvious. Think cowboy hats and Merle Haggard, pickup trucks and goose neck trailers. So what about beef and red wine? This combo is such a natural that I’ve long wondered why the industries that make both products don’t make more of the way the two go together.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Vet's Perspective

Neospora infection and diagnostics

by WLJ
ed by a “vertical” route— meaning the fetus is infected by the cow during pregnancy. It is believed that the cow’s immune system may cause reactivation of encysted parasites that upon release into the bloodstream are able to infect the growing fetus.

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