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Friday, May 29,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Its time to start thinking about the summer cattle markets, or perhaps what to do this summer about the fall market, when most everyone delivers cattle. The big video sales are gearing up and well see what the first high-profile sale produces. These video sales seem to represent a peek into the fall calf and yearling markets.

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Friday, May 29,2009

KAYS korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Paris is a long way culturally and geographically from Amarillo or Omaha. But a meeting in the French capital last week could have an important bearing on the profitability of the U.S. beef industry for the next year or so. Paris played host to the annual meeting of the World Organization for Animal Health (commonly known as OIE).

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Friday, May 22,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Managerial changes require a review of both the positive and negative. Previous discussion on changing the calving date has resulted in two major points: reducing the cows winter feeding costs and lowering the death loss among newborn calves. Both significantly affect the bottom line.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Maximize only balance

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Stop trying to get maximum production. No more topping last years average daily gains. Enough with the peak efficiencies and quit angling for record marbling scores every time. Does that advice cause a pause? Reaching those goals takes years of focus, so it can be hard to let go, even if the long-term profitability of your farm or ranch depends on it.

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Friday, May 22,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Washington, D.C., is a busy place and the volume of legislation going through there is overwhelming. Too much for my liking. The irony is that most of it is overwhelmingly stupid. It’s no secret that we live in a global economy; that’s just the way it is. Passing free trade agreements is

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Friday, May 15,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) members have recorded an average daily gain of 2.52 pounds for calves on summer pasture. This means the 70,000 calves measured through NDBCIAs Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) program cumulatively gain on a daily basis 176,400 pounds, 1,764 hundredweight, or roughly 88 tons.

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Friday, May 8,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Twenty-five years ago when the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) only attracted about 60 folks, Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) were the hot topic of the time. Two weeks ago, BIF held their annual meeting and gathered more than 450 people. This time, the major topics of concern were DNA and genome mapping.

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Friday, May 8,2009

LETTERS

by WLJ
Amen to your editorial in the WLJ, 4-27-09 on R- CALF activities! It is hard to understand why leaders of an organization purporting to represent cattle producers continually bash their own product, beef. Until quite recently, we frequently read quotes of some R-CALF leaders stating their members raise cattle, not beef.

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Friday, May 8,2009

GUEST editorial

by WLJ
The United States has an incredibly prosperous agricultural industry. Our livestock and poultry are among the healthiest in the world. However, even with all the preventative measures USDA already has in place, animal disease can still strike. A disease event can have far-reaching consequences, impacting more than just farmers with sick animals.

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Friday, May 8,2009

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
R-CALF USA understands that Pete Crow is critical of R-CALF USAs seemingly unconventional strategy for achieving the organizational policies established by its thousands of cattle-producing members. Mr. Crows April 27 comments suggest that R-CALF USA is perhaps entering dangerous territory by taking its message directly to consumers.

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