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Friday, April 23,2010

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Retail meat markets are starting to respond with higher prices at the meat case. The recent rally in the cattle markets looks like it will stick around for awhile. The boxed beef cutout appears to have found its comfort level in the mid- to upper-$160 range for the Choice product last week and has been trading steady there.

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Friday, April 23,2010

OBITUARIES

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Marianna Raftopoulos, a former Moffat County commissioner and state wildlife commissioner, has died after a long battle with lymphoid leukemia. She was 55. Family members say she died in her home in northwest Colorado after leaving a Salt Lake City hospital the day before.

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Friday, April 23,2010

GUEST opinion

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Two groups representing farmers, ranchers and consumers have urged USDA to redo its study on the deregulation of Monsantos genetically modified (GM) alfalfa.

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Friday, April 23,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
While memories of the calving season are still fresh in your mind (and your calving book is your reference book of choice), now is the time to review this years calving distribution. Evaluate how your management is working.

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Friday, April 16,2010

Caution flag is up

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I hate to say it, but what goes up usually comes down. The stock market has been on a roll in recent weeks and the Dow has passed that magical 11,000 mark, hopefully providing fuel for improved consumer attitudes and increased discretionary spending. On the other hand

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Friday, April 16,2010

Predictable

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
These ideas are pretty much universal, but lets consider your cowherd. Across the country, cattle are getting better based on trends in daily gain, efficiency and quality grades. For decades, the improvements were uneven, giving up beef quality for better performance on the ranch or feedlot.

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Friday, April 16,2010

Bull Tales

by WLJ
Ladies and gentlemen, if you cant avoid going through a cow manure carwash, please keep your mouth closed. Most likely, you already knew that.

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Friday, April 9,2010

Market moves on, but ...

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The cash fed cattle market advanced to over $1 this last week, and the futures went up to $99.45. This positive basis should keep cattle moving. This is about as good as it gets. Reports are that feeders are clearing $150-$200 a head on current cattle. While the recent market

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Friday, April 9,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Bulls can get sick, too. As a kid, I remember finding our bull dead. The bull was at the end of a grove of trees, the victim of blackleg. Not far away were two dead calves.

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Friday, April 2,2010

Cattle markets roar

Comments

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The cattle markets had a nice rally last week after throwing a head fake the prior week. August feeders ran up to $114.07 and cash sales from Superior's last video sale are supporting these futures markets to some degree; the feeder cattle index is still about $108.

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