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Friday, April 18,2014

Black Ink

Good news, bad news

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
Sometimes people complain that all they ever read or hear in the news is bad. They may blame the messenger: “Why can’t they tell us about all the good things that happened today?” The news people are just doing their job. Things are supposed to go right, so it is only news when they go awry.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Beef Talk

A teachable moment

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
If the weather can impact calving, the phone will ring and people will want to know how calving is going. For years, I was able to detail the daily struggles and offer words of encouragement. Today, the conversation concerns the needs of others because the Dickinson Research Extension Center will not start calving until May 10.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Guest Opinion

Reminiscing on farm equipment history

by DTN
I would imagine back in the late 1970s through the 1990s when many JD dealerships still tended to be family-owned, the range of John Deere Day events varied greatly. I can remember gatherings at the dealership both in the evening complete with a dinner and dance in the shop and also in the afternoon with a lunch and no dance.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Pasture Management

Pasture walking for solutions

by Wayne Burleson
You would think that I know a lot about how to measure grassland health, but I’m still learning. I attribute this to Allan Savory (the founder of holistic management). Allan is one of those rare individuals who challenges your thinking, and about the time that you think you have it all figured out, you find out you don’t.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Legally Speaking

Tax treatment of casualty losses

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Last fall a freak early snowstorm killed thousands of livestock and horses in South Dakota. Ranchers suffered a tremendous monetary loss of prized livestock and horses. More recently in Kentucky, eight horses were killed in a fire, four of which were yearlings slated for the Keeneland September sale.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Spring fever in the markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets continue to move higher, and I know that you all are wondering just how high it can go. Right now there is great demand for feeder cattle of all grades as short supplies have cattle feeders scrambling to replace inventories.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
this year,” cover, Mar. 24] was very informative. Have been involved in the federal agency water right confiscation scheme in NV. All of this information is timely and ac curate.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Kay's Korner

The red-hot market

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
What an incredible time to have young cattle to sell. As I write this, calves weighing 600 to 650 pounds are selling for $197 to $206 per cwt at Oklahoma City. Not far behind them are 650 to 700 pounders at $188-189, 700 to 750 pounders at $178- 187.50, 750 to 800 pounders at $174.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Did You Know?

Consumer taste sets target for beef

by WLJ
In 2014, the share of cattle grading Choice is averaging nearly 67 percent, compared to the mid- to low-50 percent area just a few years ago. Percent Prime is averaging over 4 percent. Angus-type cattle qualifying for the Certified Angus Beef brand are up from 24-25 percent a year ago to a range of 26-29 percent for early 2014.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Governing by emotion

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I just can’t seem to get California’s Proposition 2 egg law off my mind this week. In 2008, California voters passed a measure on the general ballot to ban the use of battery cages for egg laying hens; it was inhumane to put those birds in those small cages.

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