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Tuesday, December 30,2008

Cow/calf economics have changed

by WLJ
People who study change and its causes have observed that change is often caused by a disturbance. Production agriculture is in a period of rapid change, with an economic environment that many have never experienced.

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Friday, December 19,2008

Fed cattle trade gains traction

by WLJ
Ahead of the holiday-shortened week, fed cattle trade was underway early last Thursday with prices gaining $1-2 over the prior weeks levels.

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Friday, December 19,2008

Robinson brothers named 2009 Citizens of the West

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show named Richard L. Robinson and Edward A. Robinson the 2009 Citizens of the West. The brothers will accept the prestigious award at the annual award dinner on Jan. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

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Friday, December 19,2008

Dairy co-op settles CFTC charges

by WLJ
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced last week that the Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), its former chief executive officer.

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Friday, December 19,2008

SALE reports

by WLJ
Dec. 8 at the Cross Diamond Cattle Company 3rd Annual Production Sale. Scott and Kim Ford and their family did an outstanding job, presenting a strong offering of seedstock stock plus hospitality second to none.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

Fed cattle continue steady trend

by WLJ
Cash cattle trade at midweek showed good numbers of cattle trading hands in the southern Plains at prices mostly steady to slightly lower than the previous week. Trade came at $98-99 in Kansas, Colorado and Texas, however, most trade in the north and Corn Belt region was at a standstill as of mid-day last Thursday.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

LETTERS

by WLJ
The fourth component is meticulously touched by Knight, If USDA decides to make all or parts of the NAIS mandatory, APHIS [Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service] will follow the normal rulemaking process. With rules, laws, inspections, taxes, regulations, or licensing comes next, the fourth component .

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Exports of beef and beef variety meats from Colorado surged 81 percent in the first half of 2008 as compared to the same period of 2007. At $241 million, the January to June 2008 level is the highest since 2003 and is the highest level on record.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

Limousin trends favorable for scrotal circumference, docility, carcass traits

by WLJ
Cattle producers can accomplish significant genetic improvement in a short period when using effective selection tools, such as expected progeny differences (EPDs), to deal with moderately heritable traits. The Limousin breeds phenotypic trends in scrotal circumference (SC), docility and carcass traits illustrate that fact.

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Tuesday, December 16,2008

Predicting time of calving

by WLJ
One of the advantages of fall-calving compared to spring (late winter) calving is the pleasant weather that the cow/calf operator finds at 2:00 AM when he or she goes out to check the heifers. The downside of fall calving is the fact that these cows and heifers are not being fed from the truck or hay feeder.

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