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Friday, December 17,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If the future of beef is a concern, and it certainly seems to be based on the numerous reports on the decreasing cow herd, then who really is concerned? Having been to many meetings and then repeats of these meetings and actually repeats of the...

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Friday, December 17,2010

Needed changes

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The USDA Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration’s congressional mandate to make changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act appeared to hit a big stalling point last week. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced last week that the agency will perform

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Friday, December 10,2010

Need to grow

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets have been a nice surprise the past few weeks. Market advances have exceeded what most analysts were expecting. Maintaining fed prices in the $1 per pound area for an extended period of time is remarkable. Cattle supplies remain low in North America and you have to wonder if we’ll see

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Friday, December 3,2010

Read the fine print

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
What do cell phone promotions, credit card solicitations, and the administration’s sales patter about its "new approach" to public lands management all have in common? Each one of them is tricked out with feel-good language to conceal the facts buried in that fine print they’d rather you didn’t read.

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Friday, December 3,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The continued strength of the feeder and fed cattle markets makes a mockery of claims that the market is broken. Just a month or so ago, some analysts were forecasting that fed cattle prices would fall to $90 per cwt. or go even lower. Yet cash prices topped $100 again the week before last and went even higher last week.

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Friday, December 3,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The Dickinson Research Extension Center utilizes many bulls and always evaluates bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout their life span. Perhaps the most challenging evaluation is to ask if the bulls meet the current objectives of the breeding program or expected market for the calves.

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Friday, November 19,2010

Time for a tune-up

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I’m constantly amazed at how we do business in the livestock industry. Millions of dollars trade hands in the country on a word and a hand-shake. There has seldom been a problem and, if there was, it was dealt with and we moved on. There’s been a lot of talk about Eastern Livestock Company’s recent

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Friday, November 12,2010

Another fine mess

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Somewhere along the trail, this situation with Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act went from an economic issue to a social issue. One thing for certain is you can’t have a good social policy in this country without a

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Friday, November 12,2010

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
Ben and April Nichols were cleaning up the Buzzard Allotmentwith around a hundred bullson the Grand Mesa National Forest just before hunting season. The highways were full of hunters headed to the hills, eager to point a rifle at something with hair.

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Friday, November 12,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The call came late in the day after most people had left the office. Do you know who the calf carrying the electronic identification number 123123- 123123123 is? Would you have the calf in your database? These questions are asked often and involve the process of verifying a calf and crosschecking the database.

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