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Friday, April 10,2009

Cautious optimism

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets are moving a little better; fed cattle trade was up to $85 last week and feeder cattle are a bit stronger. Grass fever should be adding a few bucks to the calf market soon, if it isnt already in some areas. With the summer high-demand grilling season around the corner, it will be interesting how consumers respond to beef prices.

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Friday, April 10,2009

LETTERS

by WLJ
For the sixth consecutive year, Oregons farmers and ranchers have experienced positive sales growth, grossing an estimated $4.9 billion in 2008the largest total in the states history, according to a new report just released by Oregon State University.

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Friday, April 10,2009

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
The pass is open is an expression that is used by residents and travelers in mountainous areas. This year, the saying, the interstate is open would ring a bell, especially given all the changes in travel agendas in the past three to four months.

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Friday, April 3,2009

Working hard for the money

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
What has the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) done for you lately? As much as they possibly can, would be the answer. With cattle prices trading on the low end of the modern trading spectrum, it's assuring to know that CBB is still keeping beef in front of consumers.

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Friday, April 3,2009

WESTERN wanderings

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
It's always nice to honor people in our industry who have achieved above the ordinary and that have made a difference in the industry. And it's even better when these honors come along and you know the recipients. Such is the case as I write this column.

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Friday, March 27,2009

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
There is only one way to phrase the nature of the congressional aggression over the AIG bonus situation last week: ?out of control.? The House of Representatives voted to pass a targeted tax on AIG employees who received bonuses. But it didn?t appear that the Senate wanted anything to do with the issue.

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Friday, March 20,2009

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
I have been traveling to bull sales the past few weeks and it is stunning how well the breeding bull market is going. Most operators are selling a lot of volume at good prices. I think having a $75-80 slaughter bull market last summer helped these bull sales in a big way.

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Friday, March 6,2009

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
It?sabsurd that Congress is dealing with a bill to ban the slaughter of horses in the U.S. Honestly, who are we to regulate what the rest of the world eats and desires, just because they are pets to some people and they can?t stand the thought of...

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Friday, February 27,2009

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
Right now, its hard not to be overwhelmed by our governments actions. Last week was about the budget deficit; the week prior was about the housing and bank bailout.

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Friday, February 20,2009

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by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle futures took a beating the day after Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced he was going to ask the packing industry to voluntarily tighten up the regulations on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).

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