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Tuesday, November 10,2009

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Sustainable?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Sustainability is a word we’ve been hearing a lot about lately and, most of the time, it’s made in reference #to organic agriculture. Sustainability (is defined) as the ability to continue or carry on. There% is also? a *definition in the dictionary that says "to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life." There are no references made to—environment or organic agriculture. Ironically, organic agriculture= is using the word to- describe the difference between organic and conventional agriculture.

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Friday, November 6,2009

KAY’S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Most folk in the cattle/ beef industry will be happy to see the end of one of the most challenging years in history. You have to go back to 1973, when President Nixon imposed price controls on beef, to find one as challenging. The market was in uproar the rest of the year.

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Friday, November 6,2009

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
US Premium Beef (USPB) remains a remarkable model of how beef producers can work with, not against, packers and put more money in their pockets. USPB began operations in 1997 with a minority ownership in then Farmland National Beef and has gone from strength to strength.

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Friday, November 6,2009

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
The U.S.s shrinking cattle population is becoming a huge concern for the beef industry. The main reason for the declining numbers is lack of profitability. Cattle feeders in particular have lost billions of dollars in equity in the past two years. The main reason for this is high input costs and weak beef demand due to the recession.

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Friday, November 6,2009

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Fed cattle processors enjoyed their best August operating margins since 2003. The real story, though, is that they achieved this not at the expense of cattle feeders. In fact, the opposite occurred. Cattle feeders enjoyed a strong and much-needed rally in prices.

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Friday, November 6,2009

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Go into any supermarket and youll find that most poultry items are branded with a company name. These include Tyson, Perdue and Pilgrims, which is soon to be majority-owned by JBS. Branded beef is much harder to find. There are niche brands such as Harris, Maverick, Lauras Lean and Coleman.

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Friday, November 6,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The fall of the year is the time to make herd evaluations and managerial and nutritional improvements without fighting the weather. The key to understanding the overall performance of a herd is

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Friday, November 6,2009

LETTERS

by WLJ
Dear Pete, That was a great article you wrote in the (Western Livestock) Journal on Oct. 5, 2009. Pollan certainly does not know hardly anything about the cattle business and the food everybody eats.

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Monday, November 2,2009

COMMENTS

Cause and effect

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Have you been thinking about all the proposed legislation pending in Washington? You've got healthcare reform, climate change legislation and clean water legislation that will give the federal government authority over all water.

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Friday, October 30,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If one has ever dismantled an old home, lifting the floorboards can be quite interesting. Perhaps it is as simple as an old coin that rolled between the boards or a long-held stash of papers put there as a place to reside and eventually were boarded over.

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