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Friday, January 16,2015

Byproduct exports are important to cattle prices

by WLJ
beef exports to the U.S. cattle markets has been well- documented. Beef exports on a value basis set a record high in 2014, and so did beef byproducts. Beef byproducts are less glamorous, so their importance sometimes gets overlooked by cattle producers.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Bull buying decisions in good times

by WLJ
“We’re witnessing a cattle market for calves, feeder and live cattle unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “That’s the good news—at the same time the amount of capital at risk and the dollars at stake with every decision have never been higher.

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Friday, January 16,2015

The evolving role of Canadian, Mexican cattle and beef trade

by WLJ
The most recent monthly trade data provides an update to recent cattle and beef trade flows in North America. They emphasize the longer term evolution and change in the roles of Canada and Mexico in North American and global markets. Cattle and beef trade flows between the U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Deadlines for farm bill

by WLJ
“These are five-year decisions,” said Dr. Joe Outlaw, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Extension Economist. “Farmers have to decide what is best for their operation, knowing that their choices will extend through the life of the farm bill.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Seeking new ways for producing healthier, drug-free feedlot cattle

by WLJ
Northeast New Mexico and the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle, known as “cattle feeding country,” is the largest cattle-feeding region in America. The facilities annually market more than six million fed cattle—28 percent of the nation’s feed-cattle production, according to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Friday, January 16,2015

MU researchers work to extend shelf life of ground beef

by WLJ
MU Meat Scientist Bryon Wiegand said discolored meat accounts for an estimated $1 million in lost revenue annually due to markdowns. And those markdowns have become increasingly costly: Increased demand and reduced supply have pushed retail ground chuck prices to an average.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Plan beyond 2015 to figure out what to do in 2015

by WLJ
For some older producers, for whom retiring or exiting the business in the next few years is inevitable, the current market provides an opportunity to liquidate cattle assets at previously unheard of values. Hopefully, the decision to liquidate cattle is part of a business transition plan that is already developed and may or may not yet be activated.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Civilizations rise and fall on soil quality

by WLJ
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous—from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

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Friday, January 16,2015

NWSS breaks opening day attendance record

by WLJ
“Stock Show fans came out to help us celebrate the history, tradition and western spirit of Stock Show. We appreciate all who attended and look forward to continuing the excitement over the next 15 days,” states Andrews..

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Friday, January 9,2015

Vet's Perspective

Preparing for calving season

by WLJ
Adequate preparation is crucial to calving success and an upward economic return on your investment. Keeping track of herd records and preparing for the calving season are important measures to enhance production success. As we see more calves in the upcoming fall months, a few specific points are worthy of consideration on your farm.

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