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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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Friday, November 12,2010

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Cattle industry leader Richard Mc- Donald, 66, of Amarillo, TX, died Fri- day, Oct. 29, 2010, in Amarillo. McDonald, retired president and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Asso ciation (TCFA), died following an in- spiring year-long battle with cancer. Richard Peterson McDonalds life of service to agriculture began with his birth on Feb.

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Friday, November 5,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
A common marketing claim is the source and age verification of calves. As producers gather cattle to go to market, they have the option to provide documentation to a third-party verifier that their calves are eligible to be source and age verified. Seems simple, and many producers are offering their calves as sourced and aged.

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Friday, November 5,2010

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
After about 30 years handling tax audits, appeals and U.S. Tax Court cases, it seems to me that the IRS is taking a more aggressive approach against people in various industriesincluding livestock and horse activities. If you are audited by the IRS and you have a history of losses with little or no profits, the following advice pertains to you.

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