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Friday, March 5,2010

Reckless: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Lead, follow, or get out of the way is apparently how the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) feels about climate change. Several months ago, EPA announced that carbon dioxide was a public endangerment and, as a result, the agency was required to manage the issue

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Friday, March 5,2010

Boringly predictable? The bank won´t complain

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
If theres one thing beef production cant be, its too predictable. We deal with erratic weather and markets, so dependable profit hangs its hat on cow and calf performance that follows a steady and improving trend line.

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Friday, March 5,2010

LETTER

by WLJ
[Editors note: Mr. Connors is correct. The story incorrectly stated that Rep. Costa is a Republican when, in fact, he is a Democrat who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2004.].

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Friday, February 19,2010

Bright spots

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets have been robust over the past few weeks; fed cattle should get close to $89-90 this week which is good news for many cattle feeders. However, I am sure they don’t like paying over $1 for feeder cattle again. Some of the cattle they placed from October through December should be making

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Friday, February 19,2010

Strength in numbers

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Every decision is really an opinion, but theres probably a wide range in your comfort zone based on the amount of information behind the choices you make.

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Friday, February 19,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Producers simply do not round up rogue cows and calves, select a calf for harvest, and then invite the neighbors over for supper. Selection processes allow producers to get a feel for the genes a bull carries without having to gamble on the bulls outward appearance.

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Friday, February 19,2010

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
With public lands diminishing due to urban sprawl, beef producers have fewer and fewer options on where to raise their cattle. One option, which has been around for over a century, is to utilize grazing allotment permits from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

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Friday, February 19,2010

LETTERS

by WLJ
On November 19, 2009, we wrote to you regarding widely held concerns that the inclusion of Worthing, South Dakota, as a par delivery point for the CME Live Cattle Futures Contract, without appropriate discounts, created the risk of your contract becoming nothing more than a dumping ground for overweight and undesirable cattle.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Goodbye NAIS! Hello?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
USDA announced last week that they were altering their plans for the very unpopular National Animal Identification System (NAIS). When USDA held a series of producer input meetings last year, they certainly got an earful of negative responses. Therefore, USDA has decided to stop pursuing

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Friday, February 12,2010

Bull Tales

by WLJ
A while back, two buckaroos were riding drag on a bunch of Brahma cross cattle deep in the desert of southeastern Oregon. They turned and saw a shiny, white BMW approaching from behind on the dirt road. The driverobviously a touristrolled down his window and asked if he could move past the herd.

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