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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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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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