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Friday, October 10,2014

WEEKLY FEEDER CATTLE SUMMARY; Oct. 10

by WLJ
Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle markets continued to show considerable strength for the start of October which is annually the month with the most pressure from spring-born calf sales.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Guest Opinion

Sage grouse program established in MT

by WLJ
Last month, Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order establishing the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program. The program has been in the works for some time with several Montana groups having the opportunity to provide input on maintaining state management of the sage grouse species and its habitat in the state of Montana.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Ranching Woman of the Year nominations needed

by WLJ
The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Montana Ranching Woman of the Year. The annual award is presented to an MSGA member who has made great contributions to the Montana ranching community and has gone above and beyond to support her family and friends.

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Friday, October 10,2014

2015 Citizen of the West named

by WLJ
Anschutz, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has had a major impact on many institutions in the state of Colorado. He will receive the award on January 12, 2015 at the National Western Events Center. A committee of community leaders selects the recipient.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Retired PLC head: a modern-day pioneer

by WLJ
Who were the pioneers? People who forged into new territory and used their labor, water and the soil to create a life for themselves and those who followed. If it hadn’t been for their ingenuity and determination, we wouldn’t have a home here in the United States.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Letters to the Editor

Beef Checkoff or beef corruption?

by WLJ
Do we need an increase in the Beef Checkoff? You say, “But it promotes our product.” Really! The NCBA (National Cattleman’s Beef Association) who controls your Beef Checkoff dollar is associated with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and TNC (The Nature Conservancy) among other groups that aren’t particularly the livestock producer’s friend.

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Friday, October 3,2014

WLJ Ambassadors: Tex and Betty Jo Byars

by WLJ
Thus, we are introducing our new “WLJ Ambassadors” feature, a short profile of a reader who has been with us for a while and helped us along the way, either through their longtime loyalty or through vigorous sharing of this publication with their neighbors and friends.

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Friday, October 3,2014

IRS extends drought deferrals

by WLJ
Livestock producers who sell more livestock than they otherwise would because of drought are allowed to defer tax on the extra gains from those sales. To qualify, the livestock generally must be replaced within a four-year period. The IRS is authorized to extend this period if the drought continues, the agency stated.

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Friday, October 3,2014

BVD testing could pay off big

by WLJ
Cow infertility, early embryonic death within 42 days of gestation, aborted calves and calves born with skeletal abnormalities, can all occur in a BVD-infected herd, he added. When BVD enters feedlots and stocker units, it can suppress the immune system of calves and result in issues with bovine respiratory disease.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Record calf prices boost bottom line

by WLJ
If you choose personal use, one option Johnson said is to start or increase the family’s emergency savings. “When making this decision, ask yourself, ‘Do I have enough money set aside in case of an emergency and I can’t work?’ Having enough money for three to six months of household fixed expenses is always a smart idea,” she said.

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