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Friday, August 6,2010

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
In hobby loss audits, the IRS sometimes views various types of ranching activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profitoriented venture. That was the issue in the Tax Court case, Ralph Wesinger, Jr., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

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Friday, August 6,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The cattle business is very dynamic, so it is very easy to get lost in the shuffle. The current news or the latest color print catches our eyes and we start talking. Our conversations tend to be filled with lots of thoughts sprinkled with a few facts.

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Friday, July 30,2010

Effective?

by WLJ
Has the beef checkoff been effective? That should be the question being asked by the Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and all other groups that have a stake in the program. The beef checkoff is

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Friday, July 23,2010

Common sense prevails

by Pete Crow - Publisher
1. he U.S. livestock industry has been a bit uneasy over the proposed competition rules that USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed several weeks ago. Many livestock groups have had their attorneys pouring over the proposals to figure

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Friday, July 16,2010

The way forward

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It was a good week for feeder cattle markets. The big videos produced large volumes of yearlings, heavy yearlings that sold between $102 and $110. Calves for fall delivery were also strong and steady. The six-weight cattle were trading in the $115 range while the five weights were in the

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Friday, July 9,2010

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
On that early afternoon, a neighbor was checking his fields. He spotted a column of smoke on our side of the canyon. A juniper tree had taken a hit in the previous nights storm and was smoldering in the freshening breeze. Nothing serious, no homes were nearby.

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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Realizing that the bulls did not read the planning manual is a typical and not that uncommon situation after all the long-term efforts are put in place. The bottom line is that the bull wont stay in the pasture. If there isnt a bull, there will not be calves.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Come together

by Pete Crow - Publisher
JBS packing announced last week that they intend on buying the largest cattle feeding company in the Southwest, McElhaney Cattle Company in Welton, AZ. This acquisition would add 130,000 head to JBS’ feeding capacity for a total of 968,000-head one-time

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Friday, July 9,2010

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
On that early afternoon, a neighbor was checking his fields. He spotted a column of smoke on our side of the canyon. A juniper tree had taken a hit in the previous nights storm and was smoldering in the freshening breeze. Nothing serious, no homes were nearby.

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Friday, July 2,2010

Cattle politics

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The successful, but divisive, beef checkoff must live through another tormenting period of time. The program, structure and how it operates are again being challenged by several ag groups. The recent challenge is a product of the governance changes that NCBA had proposed, changes intended to

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