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Friday, February 21,2014

Setting Beef Industry Priorities

by WLJ
The process for setting priorities and planning programs for our Beef Checkoff investments can, at times, be confusing. However, the results of a Beef Industry Scan provided us with compelling research findings to help industry leaders better understand the trends and market characteristics.

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Friday, February 21,2014

WHAT A CHEF WANTS

A different route to success

by WLJ
Growing up in small town New Jersey and visiting a friend’s Portuguese restaurant in New York, Hutson developed a fascination with different foods by the age of nine. She watched cooking shows on TV and her family encouraged her to explore the kitchen.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Beef Talk

CHAPS Herd Benchmarks

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Performance in the beef business is evaluated by reviewing the overall herd. If there are indications that overall herd performance needs to be addressed, the first step is to compare the herd’s performance with a benchmark to gauge what is normal.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Cattle Industry Convention

by Pete Crow - Publisher
CattleFax again produced one of the most well-attended events at the beef industry convention that was held in Nashville, TN, a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps the most interesting part of their industry forecast is the long range weather forecast from Dr.

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Friday, February 14,2014

DID YOU KNOW?

Prime is the new premium target

by WLJ
The run-up in the fat cattle market surprised virtually everyone in the industry with how quickly it occurred and the magnitude of the jump. In late December, we were trading at $1.30/lb. and by mid-January we were chasing $1.50, and trade at that level was confirmed in Nebraska.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Beef Talk

What’s Changing in the Beef Industry?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
What is changing in the beef industry? Reviewing the data from the Cow Herd Appraisal of Performance Software (CHAPS) program, beef herds seem to be fairly constant.

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Friday, February 7,2014

A new farm bill back in action

by WLJ
Accounting for only 2 percent of the national budget, this bill seems to garner as much conversation as any agreement passed through Congress from a year-to-year basis. The proposed spending limit is down from the previous spending level by $16.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Letters

by WLJ
Interesting to see your article on fracking (“Fracking controversy heats up with well water contamination,” pg. 5, Jan. 13, issue 15). Although it has been going on longer in the West, the Marcellus area, where I live and produce feeder calves, is by far most active now.

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Friday, January 31,2014

No respect

by Pete Crow - Publisher
2014 Farm Bill was, for the most part, completed last week and it appears that there was something in it for everyone, except for the meat business. After a huge legislative effort from major groups representing the cattle and meat industry, they were ignored at the end of the day.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Beef Talk

Live bait is not needed to catch fish

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Catching fish does not always require the use of live bait. In fact, the use of lures of many types and sizes has led to the many storefronts filled with fishing gear. If one is keen on enjoying fly fishing, the artificial fly would more than likely be named and cherished.

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