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Friday, January 30,2009

UNL offers beef profitability workshop in February

by WLJ
How a beef operation is managed can make a significant difference in how profitable it is. With so many variables to consider, such as feed and fuel costs and up-and-down markets, managing profitability and maintaining a healthy bottom line can present an ongoing challenge.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Beef Checkoff offers funding for South Dakota schools

by WLJ
The Beef Checkoff in South Dakota is supporting a new program designed to develop beef consumers for life by teaching teens how to cook beef while providing education on beef?s nutritional benefits. The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) is offering funding to schools across the state encouraging the use of beef in the classroom.

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Friday, January 30,2009

MSGA cautiously optimistic after wolf delisting announcement

by WLJ
Deputy secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett recently announced the removal of the western Great Lakes population and portions of the northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Friday, January 30,2009

New sheep genomic tool released

by WLJ
A cutting-edge genomic resource is now available which will enhance research in sheep beyond anything that was dreamed possible just two years ago.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Study examines whether fish oil improves cattle fertility

by WLJ
USDA recently awarded University of Northern Colorado biologist Patrick Burns a $98,000 grant to study whether fish oil improves fertility, in cows. The two-year research project may also have implications on human health, fertility and treatment without side effects for conditions like arthritis.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Dallas Horton receives ?Consultant of the Year? award

by WLJ
At their winter meeting in Denver, CO, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, a national organization of beef cattle veterinarians, selected Dr. Dallas Horton as ?Consultant of the Year.

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Friday, January 30,2009

Veal the deal for 2009?

by WLJ
Buzz in the restaurant industry suggests veal may be a trendy product for menus in 2009, according to a dairy producer serving on the industry?s Veal Committee.

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Friday, January 23,2009

Fed trade lower despite positive packer margins

by WLJ
Northern feedlots sold inventory early in the week last week at lower money in an effort to capture some attractive basis levels. Early trade Tuesday and Wednesday came in Colorado at $81-82.50 live basis, 50 cents to $1 lower than the previous week.

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Friday, January 23,2009

BEEF bits

Restaurant unit count flat in 2008

by WLJ
U.S. restaurant industry unit count was flat in 2008, compared to 2 percent growth in 2007, according to a census of U.S. commercial restaurant locations conducted each spring and fall by market research company the NPD Group. Major chain restaurant units (more than 500 units), were up 1 percent.

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Friday, January 23,2009

Caribbean emerges as strong growth market for U.S. lamb

by WLJ
Exports of U.S. lamb to the Caribbean have increased at a rapid pace in 2008, further establishing this island region as the top destination for U.S. lamb in terms of value.

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