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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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Friday, February 12,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
That is a very relevant point. The art of livestock selection started centuries ago when producers realized that if they kept back a particular animal, the progeny of that animal tended to look like that animal. If both the sire and dam of the progeny were of a desirable type, then the offspring tended to be even more desirable.

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Friday, February 5,2010

“Make it a good one”

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Federation of State Beef Councils voted to make the transition to what was promoted as a more nimble, responsive organization by limiting the size of their board of directors. A governance task force

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Friday, February 5,2010

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
Advocates for (Utah) Rep. Lorie Fowlkes bill (H.B 80), Public Access to Private Stream Beds, are suggesting it is a good compromise. Nothing could be further from the truth for Utahs landowners. Webster tells us a compromise is a basic negotiation process in which both parties give up something for something they want.

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Friday, February 5,2010

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
The American wind power industry grew substantially in 2009 and at this point, almost 2 percent of the countrys electricity is produced from wind turbines. Many of these turbines are on farm and ranch properties all over the country. I have received many inquiries from people who have been approached by wind turbine developers.

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Friday, January 29,2010

COMMENTS

Humane interests

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The business of humanity doesn’t seem like it should be a business at all. But the Humane Society of the United States ( HSUS) has done just that, made it a business. HSUS has been a creative bunch when it comes to bending the public’s perception of agriculture. Last week, there were several announcements that

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Friday, January 29,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The weaning weight EPD reflects the pounds a bull is expected to contribute to his offspring when compared with other bulls in the breed randomly mated to cows within the breed. The real meaning of the number is the difference in genes that affect, in this case, weaning weight.

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Friday, January 29,2010

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Money talks, but apparently not loud enough to get the Obama administration to take a fresh approach to getting Japan to relax its restrictions on U.S. beef imports. Perhaps it is because the beef industry hasnt screamed enough about how much money the industry is losing because of the severely limited access to the Japanese market.

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Friday, January 22,2010

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Excessive business deductions by livestock or general farmers, or horse owners or for that matter, most any other businesstrigger IRS audits.

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