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Tuesday, December 16,2008

USDA reserves use of 840 animal ID numbers for those born in U.S.

by WLJ
USDAs Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is reserving the use of animal identification numbers with the 840 prefix to only animals born in the U.S. The number 840 is the U.S. country code and appears at the beginning of all animal identification numbers issued in this country.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

Schafer leads mission for Central American trade opportunities

by WLJ
Agiculture Secretary Ed Schafer recently led a U.S. Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to the Central American region Sept. 21-24 to further promote two-way cooperation, trade and investment between the U.S. and companies in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

E. coli vaccine moves closer to approval

by WLJ
Massive beef recalls in both the U.S. and Canada in 2008 prompted many consumer watchdog groups to question the sanitation procedures of beef plants and to worry that USDAs and CFIAs inspection processes are inadequate. This news from CFIA is extremely encouraging, said Graeme McRae, Bioniche CEO.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

Superior Stampede and Mexicos largest cattle union join forces

by WLJ
Superior Stampede, a division of Superior Livestock Auction, recently entered into a joint venture with the Union Ganadera Regional De Chihuahua (UGRCH), the cattlemens union for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Under terms of the agreement, UGRCH will act as the exclusive representative for all cattle sold by Superior Stampede that enter the U.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

SALE reports

by WLJ
Sept. 13, Canova, SD 81 Female Herefords. . . . . .$2,710 3 Hereford bulls. . . . . . . . . . . 1,767 Hereford embryo lots gross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,170 211 Angus females . . . . . . . . 2,430 Auctioneers: Roger Jacobs and Matt Sims Sale Management: MCS Auctions.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

VIDEO auction

by WLJ
100 weaned steers at 585 lbs.; Walt Siewert Ranch, Huntley, MT, $115.50, October 20 delivery. 100 steers at 600 lbs.; Todd Miller Ranch, Carson, ND, $115.50, October 18 delivery. 90 steers at 600 lbs.; Jenneway Angus, Melstone, MT, $115.00, November 7 delivery.

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Friday, December 12,2008

Cash prices expected steady to slightly lower for the week

by WLJ
Live cattle trade was slow to start last week as packers ratchet down harvest levels in an effort to regain positive margins going into year end. For the week, market analysts were predicting steady to slightly lower trade in the $85-87 range for live cattle and $134-136 for dressed cattle.

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Friday, December 12,2008

GUEST Opinion

by WLJ
Each morning for the past 10 years or so when Id step out the back porch headed to my pickup, Id be greeted by a soft nicker. When Id turn on my headlights, there would be Captain Jack just a few feet away, standing by the gate to his own special pen waiting for his breakfast.

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Friday, December 12,2008

Leopold Conservation Award in California presented to Chet Vogt

by WLJ
California rancher Chet Vogt of Elk Creek, CA, has received the 2008 Leopold Conservation Award for exemplary environmental stewardship from Sand County Foundation, California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF), and Sustainable Conservation. He received the award at last weeks CFBF meeting in Burlingame, CA.

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Friday, December 12,2008

Kansas producers set policy focused on business issues

by WLJ
Members of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) have approved policy calling for improvements in the states highway system, producer compliance with approved animal care practices, and the preservation of private property rights. Policy action on these and other key livestock business issues was taken during the groups annual meeting Dec.

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