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Friday, March 13,2009

SALE reports

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Nebraska for this annual event. A strong representation of Angus genetics, including many one-half brother combinations that, combined with solid testing and data scans plus the utilization of the Grow Safe Feed Consumption System, afforded buyers or leasers excellent opportunities.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Program geared toward environmentally conscious producers and consumers

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Integrated Management Information Inc. (IMI Global), a leading provider of verification and Internet solutions in the agricultural/ livestock industry, last week launched VerifiedGreen, a verification program that caters to producers and consumers who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Study finds consumers changing how they shop

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The report, which details the findings of a national online poll of 1,059 consumers conducted in November 2008, was released last week at the 2009 Annual Meat Conference. AMI and FMI published this consumer research which was sponsored by Sealed Air?s Cryovac Food Packaging Division.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Researchers suggest that livestock benefit from plant diversity

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As higher costs and environmental concerns about fossil fuels push more people to buy locally produced food, demand for livestock raised on pastures and rangelands?rather than in feed lots?is spurring a return to greater reliance on native rangelands and cultivated pastures.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Study finds market volatility linked to market fever, not index funds

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During 2008, when markets were up limit one day and down limit the next, hedge funds and index traders caught the wrath of farmers, elevator grain merchandisers, and others who alleged improper activity and illegal market manipulation. So far, the regulators have not hauled any one or any company off to jail for such improprieties. But why?

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Friday, March 13,2009

Mineral balance important to cow performance

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Feeding of corn co-products like distillers grains and corn gluten has changed the mineral balance in winter cattle diets, said Dennis Bauer, University of Nebraska Extension educator. Those products are really high in phosphorus, Bauer said.

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Friday, March 6,2009

Fed cattle prices rise

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Some early fed cattle trade last week added $1 to the previous week prices in Nebraska where a handful of cattle traded to a regional packer at $131 dressed.

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Friday, March 6,2009

BEEF bits

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Cargill has begun construction on an expansion of its Plainview, TX, beef plant, according to the plant?s general manager, Jim Rathke. The expansion adds a finely textured beef operation to the existing facility, and beef product that is 93 percent to 96 percent lean as an ingredient in the company?s ground beef, Rathke said.

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Friday, March 6,2009

South Dakotan is Limousin producer of the year

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A dedication to learning, improvement and good animal husbandry helped earn the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) Commercial Producer of the Year award for Tim and Delarie Kessler of Kessler Livestock, Leola, SD.

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Friday, March 6,2009

Funding offers stimulus to horse industry

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The Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) is doing what no other horse-related organization in the nation has attempted?give a horse to a trainer for 90 days and guarantee $700 in payment with the promise to help market the trainer and the horse to the public.

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