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Friday, January 15,2010

LETTERS

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Drawing what may have been an unintended comparison of water use priorities, Allen Biaggi, director of Nevadas Department of Natural Resources, whose agency recently authorized the controversial mining and export of up to 60,000 acre feet of water...

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Friday, January 15,2010

BEEF Talk

A New Year’s resolution— Apply what we know

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Granted, this is not a question concerning memory recall but an inquiry into how, as beef producers, we seek to obtain the answers we need to stay in business.

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Friday, January 15,2010

COMMENTS

The big picture

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It would appear that the meat industry is in for some substantial growth in the years to come. Last week, the International Livestock Congress took place in Denver, CO, during the National Western Stock Show. Richard Brown, meat market analyst for international consulting firm GIRA, said that worldwide meat

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Friday, January 15,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The center sold 2-year-old replacement bred heifers and 3-year-old bred cows. The bred heifers marketed in late October weighed 982 pounds and averaged $721 per head. The bred heifers marketed in mid-November weighed 1,105 pounds and averaged $925 per head.

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Friday, January 15,2010

No boundaries

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
When cattlemen trudge through four-foot snow drifts in 30-mile-per-hour winds and single-digit temperatures to check on a sick calf, it isnt exactly the same picture of serenity. At that moment, northern producers must think they must live in the toughest place in the world for raising cattle.

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Friday, January 8,2010

COMMENTS

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

COMMENTS

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

COMMENTS

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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