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Friday, January 2,2009

Beef Information Day slated for Jan. 17

by WLJ
The second annual Washington State University (WSU) Okanogan County Extension Beef Information Day is slated for Jan. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Okanogan Inn Suites in Okanogan.

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Friday, January 2,2009

CAB sales set record

by WLJ
For the first time in 30 years, Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand annual sales reached 634 million pounds. In fiscal 2008, 15,000 CAB licensees in 46 countries achieved an 8.8 percent increase, or 51 million pounds more than 2007 sales. Despite a challenging economy, the brand saw six of its historical top 10 sales months in the past year.

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Wednesday, December 31,2008

USDA LAUNCHES NEW CONSERVATION AGENCY

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer on Thursday announced the intention to establish a new USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets and the creation of a federal government-wide Conservation and Land Management Environmental Services Board

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Wednesday, December 31,2008

TYSON TO CUT BEEF, CHICKEN PRODUCTION

by WLJ
In order to better match supply with shrinking demand, Tyson Foods Inc. is cutting both beef and chicken production, the latter of which marks a significant development in the poultry industry, according to Stephens Inc. analyst Farha Aslam.

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Wednesday, December 31,2008

VeraSun farmer-creditors mull next move

by WLJ
Any hope farmers had of receiving full payment on their corn contracts from VeraSun Energy Corp. may have evaporated at the hands of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware who ruled recently that the ethanol producer can accept or reject corn contracts within 10 days of their due dates.

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Wednesday, December 31,2008

Protein supplementation of gestating cows impacts calf performance

by WLJ
High feed costs have everyone examining ways to reduce costs in one way or another. Whenever costs are cut or management practices change, the challenge can be to fully understand the impacts.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

Cash trade picks up despite short market week

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle trade started last week off light, but as the holiday break approached and packers began offering $135 on a dressed basis, trading picked up rapidly. Selling interest for the dressed deals significantly outstripped that of the live cattle, as the few deals done in the south early last week hovered in the $84-85 range.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

LETTERS

by WLJ
Hello, I want to notify you that cattle grazing on public land is in jeopardy like never before. In Oregon, the BLM is conducting a public comment period on the John Day Basin Resource Management Plan. Comments are due by Jan. 29, 2009. One of the main issues is that the BLM wants to close public land to OHVs and ATVs.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

BEEF bits

by WLJ
In order to better match supply with shrinking demand, Tyson Foods Inc. is cutting both beef and chicken production, the latter of which marks a significant development in the poultry industry, according to Stephens Inc. analyst Farha Aslam. While the beef cuts are positive, the chicken cuts are truly significant, Aslam wrote in a note to investors.

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Tuesday, December 30,2008

Forage feeding losses can add up

by WLJ
A lot of long hours and expense are invested into harvesting quality forages and storing them for use at a later time. As a producer, you wouldnt dream of throwing away one-third of the forages that were intended to be fed to the cow herd. Many times, thats what happens when livestock are allowed unlimited access to hay in a feeding situation.

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