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Thursday, December 23,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The article titled Economics of Animal Agriculture Production, Processing and Marketing (Volume 21, No. 3, 2006), authored by Michael Boehlje, focused on issues we in the beef industry need to understand. Perhaps that understanding is the source of the continued discussion.

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Thursday, December 23,2010

Cowboy Christmas

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets have gone wild over the past couple weeks, with nice advances in last week’s markets for all classes of cattle. It appears that the managed money funds are back in the game and pushing both fed and feeder cattle contracts to new highs. Even though the cattle are the highest they have ever

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Friday, December 17,2010

Here in the real world

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
The real world aint what it used to be. Of course, it changes all the time. But the idea may have changed fastest of all.

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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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