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Friday, January 8,2010

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More BSE BS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) incident of eight years ago was starting to look like just a bad dream, but it seems to keep coming back even though the U.S. has only two domestic cases recorded. It is such a small issue anymore for the U.S., it’s surprising that anyone would want to make an issue over it at all. However, that’s not the case

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Thursday, December 31,2009

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Help from hogs

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Beef markets have been frightfully stagnant this past year and that has weighed heavily on live cattle prices. The last big rally we had in beef sales was about 16 months ago when the export market exploded with the opening of the South Korean market and the Russians were very short on meat. Cutout values ran up to the $1.70 level and cleared

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Thursday, December 31,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As the year comes to a close, many thoughts come to mind. These thoughts are embedded with questions. What makes these thoughts unique for each person is a combination of time and place. Questions for older or younger people are anchored at a different point in time.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Kay’s Korner

How many cows do you have?

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Why is it that packers disclose so much information about their business, but beef cattle producers so little? The contrast has fascinated me ever since I started surveying the industry’s largest packers, cattle feeders and cow/calf producers back in the late 1980s. Packers were initially reluctant to provide slaughter capacity or annual slaughter or sales data. But they soon realized

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Thursday, December 24,2009

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Creating an image

by Pete Crow - Publisher
We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to an even better New Year. During 2009, the cattle industry faced many challenges. We had fed cattle prices that didn’t support a profitable feeding sector and they experienced perhaps their worst year on record. Forecasters are calling for a better 2010 for cattle feeders which will

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Thursday, December 24,2009

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been cracking down on individuals and small businesses including farmers, ranchers and horse ownerswith increased tax audits and aggressive tactics to collect taxes. The tactics include an increased volume of audits, and more bank levies and liens on real property.

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Thursday, December 24,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As we age, we gain wisdom through life experiences. Although these experiences may be very difficult at times, we generally emerge with more insight and understanding as we follow the many trails we take in life.

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Friday, December 18,2009

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Something about San Antonio

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Thirteen years ago, the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) changed their organization after a tumultuous battle and a lot of damage to create the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). This period was also known as the "Merger." In January, NCBA will hold their meeting again in San Antonio, TX, and attempt to change their organization again, more than likely with

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Friday, December 18,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The deck is not stacked, but the cow/calf producer does hold a good hand. As producers, we have a choice when to call the hand and turn the reins over to the next segment of the industry.

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Friday, December 18,2009

Mixed blessings

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
When you count your blessings, remember to include the ones disguised as challenges. Some of them you decided to take on as calculated risks; others intruded on your farm or in your life, but turned out to be mixed blessings.

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