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Friday, June 26,2009

Oregon ranchers struggle to protect livestock despite wolf delisting

by WLJ
The April 2, 2009, removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List was a welcome event to western ranchers, especially those who have struggled with the costs of wolf predation. In Oregon, however, the federal delisting has done little to improve ranchers’ ability to protect their livestock.

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Friday, June 26,2009

Lack of dairy demand pushing hay prices down

by WLJ
The recent dairy cow buyout, made possible by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a dairy industry interest group developed by the National Dairy Producers Federation, has taken nearly 40,000 cows in western states out of production, but other economic factors, including extremely low milk prices, are also causing dairymen not selected for the buyout to send cows down the road.

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Friday, June 19,2009

Fed trade fully steady

by WLJ
With the exception of moderate dressed trade in the Corn Belt last week, fed cattle trading was slow to develop. Last Thursday, some cattle traded in the region at $129-130 dressed basis with a few as high as $131-132 dressed in Nebraska.

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Friday, June 19,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Smithfield Foods reported a dismal set of quarterly earnings last week along with 2009 fiscal year earnings, emphasizing the downturn in the pork industry. The company reported its first net loss in 30 years: $190.3 million in the red for fiscal 2009, or $1.

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Friday, June 19,2009

Corporate partners critical to Water for Lifes survival

by WLJ
Water for Lifes Friends Helping Friends program has provided thousands of dollars in income to support the organizations efforts to protect agricultural water rights in the West.

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Friday, June 19,2009

Irrigated pasture profits cattle producers

by WLJ
A little water and an annual planting of the right grass seed can go a long way toward increasing the bottom line for cattle producers, especially if they are part of an irrigated pasture practice incorporating the latest technology and methods.

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Friday, June 19,2009

Beef safety is now focusing on pre-harvest procedures

by WLJ
Beef recalls and other food safety events can put a poor light on the beef industry, not to mention its products and its animals. While great strides have been made to reduce pathogens at the post-harvest level, the opportunity for producers to influence pathogen levels has been limited.

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Friday, June 19,2009

Exports reflect economic climate

by WLJ
Despite the prolonged slowdown in global economic activity and the initial wave of A-H1N1 Influenzarelated market reactions, exports of U.S. pork and beef held up reasonably well in the month of April. While pork plus pork variety meat exports declined by 10 percent in volume compared to April 2008, the drop in value was limited to about 4 percent.

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Friday, June 19,2009

Ty Thompson wins top title at LMAs World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

by WLJ
There was just one championship title left for Ty Thompson to win in Livestock Marketing Associations (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC)that of world champion. And thats the one he took home following the competition June 13 at the Fergus Falls Livestock Auction Market.

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Friday, June 19,2009

The value of using carcass ultrasound in yearling heifers

by WLJ
The beef trade press has done a tremendous job of polling and listening to bull buyers across the land. Seedstock producers have a much better idea of what will get them to nod their head at an auction than they did a decade ago. In 2003, The Western Livestock Journal.

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