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Friday, October 16,2009

Whats up? Quality grades

by WLJ
Three years ago, a 30-year decline in beef quality grades was apparent, with only half of fed cattle grading USDA Choice. The Choice/Select spread hit record highs in 2006, but today, the picture is much different (see chart). July figures show 60.1 percent of the harvest mix graded Choice the first half of this year, but why?.

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Friday, October 16,2009

2010 National Beef Ambassadors announced

by WLJ
Ellen Hoffschneider, Arlington, NE, Malorie Bankhead, Livermore, CA, Rebecca Vraspir, Laramie, WY, Jackson Alexander, Anadarko, OK, and Mandy-Jo Laurent, Winnsboro, TX, were chosen as the 2010 National Beef Ambassador Team winners at the annual competition, funded in part by the beef checkoff, held Oct.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Cowmans Classic dates set

by WLJ
The Cowmans Classic All Breeds Bull Sale has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds in Spokane, WA. Again in 2010, the Cowmans Classic Bull Sale will be featuring the highest quality halter bulls for the Northwests top seedstock operations.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Johnson hired as NCBA VP, Owner-Member Services

by WLJ
Industry veteran Todd Johnson has been tapped as the new vice president of Owner-Member Services at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA). Johnson, currently with the Kansas Beef Council, will join NCBA in January.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Wyoming producers are champs at hay superbowl

by WLJ
For the fifth year in a row, Wyoming producers have won or placed extremely high in the Worlds Forage Analysis Superbowl at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Fed cattle trade falls $1-2

by WLJ
The fed cattle market softened a little more last week as early trade was hampered by heavy carcass weights, deliveries of heavy cattle against the October live cattle contract, and continued erosion in boxed beef prices.

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Friday, October 9,2009

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
Because of the recent activity in your states regarding the TransCanada Keystone XL and other pipelines, I have been asked to prepare some information regarding the use of eminent domain by pipeline and other companies within your states.

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Friday, October 9,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Kenneth Phillip Ochs died Sept. 25 in Colorado Springs, CO. Ken was born in the family home on Feb. 6, 1930, the fourth child of David and Matilda Emma (Strecker) Ochs, at Russell, KS. Ken grew up in Russell, raised by his father until his fathers death, after which his sister, Ruth, and her husband, Don Wolfe, assumed his fathers role.

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Friday, October 9,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
R-CALF USA has contacted the 17 state attorneys general who, last year, helped to block JBS S.A.s acquisition of National Beef Packing Co., to request they step in to prevent the merger of JBS and Pilgrims Pride Corp. The group will contact the remaining 33 state attorneys general later this week to request the same assistance.

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Friday, October 9,2009

AFTs Farmland Information Center releases annual PACE statistics

by WLJ
According to new statistics released by American Farmland Trusts (AFT) Farmland Information Center, local farmland protection efforts slowed in 2008, likely due to record high land values. The statistics were generated from a nationwide survey of 77 independent purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs in 19 states.

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