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Friday, December 4,2009

Tyson profit exceeds expectations

by WLJ
Tyson Foods Inc. posted higher-than-expected quarterly results last Monday on strength in its beef, pork and prepared foods businesses which it expects to continue in its new fiscal year.

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Monday, November 30,2009

Demand helps spur feeder prices

by WLJ
Cattle feeders started moving cattle early last week and the bulk of the week’s action appeared likely to be complete ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Trade was called steady to 50 cents higher than the previous week at $83-84 live basis in the southern tier while Corn Belt trade was reported at $129-130 dressed. Other feeding regions were expected to

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Monday, November 30,2009

Sustainable corn production supports biofuel feedstocks

by WLJ
Researchers worldwide are trying to economically convert cellulosic biomass such as corn stover into cellulosic ethanol. But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that it might be more costeffective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable to use corn stover for generating an energyrich oil called bio-oil and for making biochar to enrichsoils and sequester carbon.

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Monday, November 30,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Pilgrims Pride Corp. reported a net profit of $82.7 million, or $1.07 per share from continuing operations, on quarterly net sales of $1.7 billion in its fourth fiscal quarter which ended Sept. 26. That compares with a net loss of $802 million, or $10.79 per share on net sales of $2.

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Monday, November 30,2009

TCFA chairman praises cattle feeders for their courage, perseverance

by WLJ
When he began his year as chairman of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) in November 2008, Monte Cluck set a unique goal: to personally visit as many TCFA member feed yards as possible. Twelve months later, he had managed to make it to more than 60 yards and described the experience as one of my most enjoyable times of the past year.

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Monday, November 30,2009

Falloff in demand is industrys top concern

by WLJ
The decline in beef demand is the biggest challenge facing the industry, Cattle-Fax Executive Vice President Randy Blach said at the Texas Cattle Feeders Association Annual Convention in Amarillo, TX. Weve averaged $83 to $84 on fed cattle this year.

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Monday, November 30,2009

UC Davis veterinary dean receives honor from cattlemen

by WLJ
The California Cattlemens Association (CCA) named veterinarian and educator Bennie I. Osburn, DVM, the 2009 Gordon K. Van Vleck Memorial Award winner on Nov. 13 in Sparks, NV, at the conclusion of the 93rd Annual CCA Convention.

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Monday, November 30,2009

Flushing first-calf heifers

by WLJ
Flushing is a management term for providing high quality feeds, usually grains, prior to the start of the breeding to increase reproductive performance. Flushing has been used in the swine industry to increase the number of ovulations in sows. Can this concept be applied to young beef females that calve in less than adequate body condition?.

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Monday, November 30,2009

TCFA names officers, board

by WLJ
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), during its 2009 Annual Convention in Amarillo, TX, named its officers and directors for the coming year.

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Monday, November 30,2009

Favorable feeding conditions favor beef quality

by WLJ
Cattle feeding conditions vary by location. One yard might be knee deep in snow while the other is dealing with piles of mud. Record high temperatures might cause heat stress in one area while cattle in another region are enduring torrential rainfall..

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