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Friday, August 7,2009

Researchers work toward getting a handle on beef flavor

by WLJ
Any good business manager knows success lies in repeat customers. The beef industry follows that model and annually invests millions of dollars in research to help ensure satisfied consumers. Beef is known for taste. If we forget that, we lose a huge price advantage to competing proteins, says Glen Dolezal, Cargill Meat Solutions.

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Friday, August 7,2009

Carcass ultrasound and DNA technology: A progress report

by WLJ
The science and technology that has infiltrated the beef cattle business within the past decade is mind boggling. The tools available to seedstock breeders and commercial producers seem to grow by the day.

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Friday, August 7,2009

Seminars to promote new slaughter options for Washington meat producers

by WLJ
Consumers cravings for local food products doesnt stop with tomatoes and berries from the farmersī market. Washingtons ranchers continue to enjoy growing demand for locally grown steaks, chops and roasts. The challenge lies in the lack of cost-effective local slaughter options that meet federal food safety requirements.

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Friday, August 7,2009

Increasing ethanol may have consequences

by WLJ
The National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency last week opposing a proposal from the ethanol industry to increase the ethanol blend percentage in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent.

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Friday, August 7,2009

Study shows legumes add to pasture value

by WLJ
Producers who interseed existing pastures with legumes can gain in excess of $50 per acre in annual production and savings, said a University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) specialist.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Supply of market-ready cattle stacking up

by WLJ
There was some early light trade in the southern Plains last Thursday down $1 from the previous week at $82, although volume was light and not enough to call a trend. Some light Corn Belt trade was also $1 lower at $131 dressed.

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Friday, July 31,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, has placed a hold on the nomination of animal rights activist Cass Sunstein who was set to be appointed to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. Sen. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr.

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Friday, July 31,2009

First cases of West Nile virus in horses reported in Washington

by WLJ
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease in equines, has been confirmed in two horses, one in Toppenish and the other in Prosser, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced last week. Neither horse was vaccinated for WNV.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Red Angus feeder calf tag sales hit record month

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) reached a milestone when the association sold a record 26,725 Red Angus yellow tags in one month. The tag entitles producers to enroll their Red Angus-influenced calves into the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) for the mere cost of the tag.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Exports weathering H1N1 influenza, economic crises

by WLJ
While May was expected to be the month in which U.S. pork exports were most affected by A-H1N1 influenza, the effect has not been as negative as some analysts had predicted, according to an analysis of USDA statistics by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. At the same time, U.

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