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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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Friday, May 1,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The report was produced by the ususal universities with a cast that most everyone in the cattle and beef industry is familiar with. The report was funded by USDA. The report suggests that if beef producers do not adopt a full traceability system with at least a 90 percent compliance rate, we could lose $13.

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Friday, May 1,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The beef industry is struggling with data and data tracking. This statement, while met with a wide range of pro and con reaction, does point to the fact that there is slippage occurring. There is a lot of very good data collected, processed and utilized within the beef industry.

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Friday, April 24,2009

GUEST opinion

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The U.S. has become a debtor nation. Our federal government now owes more than $10 trillion in national debt, or about $35,000 for every man woman and child now living in this country. That money has been borrowed from other nations and from huge private banking consortiums.

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Friday, April 24,2009

COMMENTS

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The end justifies the means must be the mantra in R-CALF United Stock Growers of Americas board meetings these days. Last week, we caught wind of a new marketing program R-CALF is pursuing.

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Friday, April 17,2009

Making cows count

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Cows cant do math, but their owners should at least do some counting. From financial balance sheets to stocking rates, a precise inventory is a must. Beyond that, you need cows that are worth owning. Cows that matter, that count because of what they can profitably produce.

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Friday, April 17,2009

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week, the boxed beef cutout rallied around $10 from the previous week based on lower processing numbers. Cattle sold at $86 two weeks ago and moved up to $89- 90 on the cash market last week, which should put some profit back in the picture for both cattle feeders and packers.

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Friday, April 17,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The other day was difficult. The discussion centered on the horse industry as the Dickinson Research Extension Center was reviewing program costs. As the horse program was discussed, the updated costs were noted. Based on a five-year average, the annual cost (direct and overhead expenses) for maintaining a producing mare and nursing foal was $764.

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