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Friday, August 21,2009

John Deere posts profit drop

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The equipment manufacturing firm Deere Co. posted a 27 percent drop in fiscal third-quarter profit amid continued weak demand and lowered its sales forecast for the full year.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Export slump continues

by WLJ
The lingering global economic slump and low prices for domestic beef and pork products in key export markets contributed to declines in both U.S. beef and pork exports in June, while lamb exports continue to enjoy a strong year, according to statistics compiled by the U.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Fed prices gain strength

by WLJ
Cash trade was very quiet at midday last Thursday with just a handful of dressed cattle trading through the first half of the week in the north at mostly steady money. There were bids of $

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Friday, August 14,2009

California agriculture stifled by the massive budget crunch

by WLJ
It is no secret that the state of California has been in dire straights this year as the recession has worsened. While small, but significant, cuts to the states budget have been felt all year through across-the-board budget cuts and the closing of state offices three days a month, perhaps the most severe blow came July 28 as Gov.

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Friday, August 14,2009

BEEF bits

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Mexican officials have suggested that beef from Greeley, CO-based JBS-Swift be banned after the discovery of E. coli O157:H7 in June. The discovery led to the recall of 380,000 pounds of ground beef derived from beef processed at the plant.

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Friday, August 14,2009

ARHA announces world champions

by WLJ
American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) judges R. David Terrell, Gene Ray Stewart, Curt Summers and Dennis Brown had the challenge of sorting out the best of the best ranch horses at the ARHA World Show in Murfreesboro, TN. ARHA members came from 22 states to compete for top honors in this fast-growing western-performance discipline.

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Friday, August 14,2009

TEST reports

Cal Poly Bull Test

by WLJ
The Cal Poly Bull Test in San Luis Obispo, CA, has just completed their 78-day weight period on Aug. 8, 2009. The top three bulls for each division are as follows (Ranch, Location, Test ID, Sire, Test Index and Average Daily Gain): Low Birth Angus: Yolo Land and Cattle, Woodland, CA, Test ID: 55, Sire: S A V Final Answer 0035

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Friday, August 14,2009

How soon will cellulosic ethanol arrive?

by WLJ
The arrival of ethanol produced from cellulosic feedstock sources has almost been a standing joke within the ethanol industry. Each year, it has always been four to five years down the road before commercial production would become viable. That has changed because the four to five years is now.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Ranchers, regulators weary from cattle fever tick war

by WLJ
Texas animal health officials have cast another wide net in the battle to eradicate cattle fever ticks in south Texas. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has temporarily quarantined 152,716 acres in Starr and Hidalgo counties. In nearby Zapata County, fivemile quarantine perimeters are being drawn around fever-tick infested pastures.

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Friday, August 14,2009

OBITUARIES

by WLJ
Frederick A. Phillips II, 88, a lifelong resident of Baker City, OR, died July 17, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Fred was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Baker City, OR, to Wayne Everett Sr. and Ara Vatel (Chisum) Phillips. Fred grew up on the cattle ranch his grandfather acquired in 1905, where he remained most of his life, and attended Baker High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and the University of Oregon.

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