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Friday, July 31,2009

Preconditioned calves earn record premiums

by WLJ
A study of prices received on calves sold through seven video auction sales in 2008 reveals that cattle producers received the highest premiums since 1995 on VAC45 and VAC PreCon calves, and the second highest premium on VAC34 calves. Fourteen years of Pfizer Animal Health price data shows an increasing value for preconditioned calves.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Yeast research expected to help develop next-generation biofuels

by WLJ
A new yeast that makes ethanol from both five-carbon and six-carbon sugars without needing oxygen has been developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. This could be an important breakthrough in industrial ethanol production because its difficult to control oxygen levels as yeasts ferment sugars into ethanol.

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Friday, July 31,2009

Ramirez wins Calgary Stampedes International Livestock Auctioneer Championship

by WLJ
Paul Ramirez of Tucson, AZ, displayed the fastest, most persuasive chant in the West, winning the 21st International Livestock Auctioneer Championship at the Calgary Stampedes Livestock Show and Rodeo. It was Ramirezs fifth time competing for a shot at the title.

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Friday, July 24,2009

Early fed sales move lower

by WLJ
Cattle feeders came to the table early last week and moved light numbers of cattle at prices steady to $1 lower than the previous week at $83-84 live basis last Wednesday in the South and at $130-132 dressed in the northern tier and Corn Belt.

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Friday, July 24,2009

LETTERS

by WLJ
Pete, I greatly appreciate and agree with your comments on the pending legislation that is currently in D.C. Please continue to cover this regularly, as there are a lot of smoke and mirrors coming from the proponents of the legislation that have most folks too confused to decide whether these new regulation and programs are good or bad for the country.

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Friday, July 24,2009

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Rollie Barnard, retired financier and former mayor of Greenwood Village, CO, named Citizen of the West in 1994, died of cancer on July 2. He was 87. A celebration of his life is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m., July 29, at the Denver Zoo.

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Friday, July 24,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
USDA announced it is accepting applications for up to $50 million in projects to promote the continued production and use of biofuels.

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Friday, July 24,2009

NCBA completes successful summer convention

by WLJ
Members of the National C a t t l emens Beef Association (NCBA) approved a number of policy resolutions and directives to further critical industry priorities. The resolutions were passed by vote during the membership meeting at the culmination of the annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference.

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Friday, July 24,2009

Fort Dodge scholarships awarded

by WLJ
The National Cattlemens Foundation (NCF) and Fort Dodge Animal Health recognize the importance of and demand for bovine veterinarians and production agriculture professionals.

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Friday, July 24,2009

Federation of State Beef Councils stands behind checkoff

by WLJ
"We believe in the success of a strong state and national partnership resulting in increased consumer demand for beef and higher consumer confidence. We believe in producer control of checkoff funds through the Qualified State Beef Councils, which are the foundation of the beef checkoff.

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