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Friday, November 20,2009

Superior Livestock Auction under new ownership

by WLJ
Superior Livestock Auction, Inc. is under new ownership. Superior Livestock is now owned by SLAI, LLC which is a wholly owned entity of Farm Credit West, ACA. Farm Credit West is a strong supporter of the livestock industry and is proud to be the new owner of Superior Livestockthe largest livestock auction company in the U.

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Friday, November 20,2009

The genetic effect over time, selection for beef quality makes a difference

by WLJ
That paper, written by Larry Corah and Mark Mc- Cully of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), examines the factors that have driven quality grades up, ending a 30-year decline. By this summer, 60.1 percent of cattle in the nations harvest mix were grading Choice, a 7.

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Friday, November 13,2009

USDA lowers 2009 corn crop expectations slightly

by WLJ
The pace of corn harvest improved last week as drier weather has allowed farmers in some states to get back to the business of harvest. However, the progress still lags behind previous years and there is a chance that additional weather delays in the week ahead could further delay completion.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Fed cattle prices slip backward

by WLJ
The fed cattle trade came early again last week as feedlots took early bids from packing plants offering lower money in the northern Plains. Cash trade was $2-3 lower on 30,000 head sold in Nebraska and Iowa at $83-84 live and $131-132 dressed on Wednesday.

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Friday, November 13,2009

California lawmakers pass landmark water legislation

by WLJ
Though California is often viewed as an oasis by those outside the Golden State, farmers and ranchers who earn a living in the agricultural wonderland know that it is not always paradise as water for crops, livestock and an increasing population is a hard bill to fit.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Senate to expand food safety initiative

by WLJ
Last week, Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow jumped into the debate over food safety by introducing a sweeping set of reforms which would trace all the way back to the farmer or rancher who produced the food. Senate Bill 2758 (S.

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Friday, November 13,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, said she plans to propose legislation that would, among other things, create an Office of Humane Slaughter within USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Friday, November 13,2009

Observe bulls during the start of breeding season

by WLJ
The fall breeding season is about to begin. Herds that aim for a Sept. 1 first calving date will turn bulls out in the latter part of November.While conducting a research trial several years ago, I was collecting data on the ability of a bull to breed synchronized cows. The bull (being observed) was mature and had been successfully used in the past. Also, he had passed a breeding soundness exam.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Cassady takes reins at Beef Improvement Federation

by WLJ
Joe Cassady of Raleigh, NC, took the reins as executive director of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) during the organizations midyear board meeting in Saint Joseph, MO, Nov. 9.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Hereford Hall of Fame new inductees

by WLJ
Ken Bieber, Onida, SD, Jack Orr, Granby, CO, Frank Rodgers, Buhl, ID, and Tom Shaw, Caldwell, ID, were all inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame Nov. 2 in Kansas City, MO, during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting.

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