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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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Friday, July 2,2010

Whats on your customers grill?

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
As producers, you know how good beef is for you. But you still like to hear people say good things about it, from the aroma to the taste, nutrition and satisfaction. Maybe youre an expert in preparing home-grown cuts for guests, but the people who increased their demand for beef over the last several years probably have less skill.

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Friday, July 2,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
How unfortunate that two issues have again divided the beef industry just when it needs all its focus on improving demand and making beef affordable to Americans.

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Friday, June 25,2010

New rules

by Pete Crow - Publisher
USDA released new amendments to the 1921 Packers and Stockyards Act. Those new rules were mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill. Congressí wish was to provide basic protections for livestock and poultry producers. However, USDA may have overinterpreted Congressí intent on this one.

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Friday, June 25,2010

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Many years ago, a federal court defined the word profit as the advantage or gain resulting from the investment of capital, or the acquisition of money beyond the amount expended; a pecuniary gain.

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Friday, June 25,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Agriculture is a fast-moving, high-technology business. The production and processing of agricultural products for our consumption is demanding. These demands are not getting easier as consumers increasingly become distant from production.

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Friday, June 18,2010

Finding fault

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
So our logic filter for criticism is a focal point. Does it let through the social and fad-oriented opinions not backed by science? Does it allow consideration of survey data, still not consistent with science but representing a valid snapshot of what people think?.

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