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Friday, January 9,2009

Manure value at historic levels

by WLJ
Manure from livestock producers, both large and small, has historically been viewed as a liability because of time needed to scrape, load, haul and spread. However, this is no longer the case.

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Friday, January 2,2009

Fed cattle trade steady, cow prices improving

by WLJ
Most fed cattle trade appeared to be set for a Friday event last week as the New Year holiday interrupted the weeks business. There were a few cattle sold in Nebraska at $135 dressed, although the numbers were not enough to call the weeks trend.

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Friday, January 2,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Dennis Hellwig, the primary investor in an Aberdeen, SD, beef processing plant having trouble getting off the ground, says he still plans on building the facility despite financing problems. Only now, the target date for commencing operations is sometime in Maya year later than initially planned.

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Friday, January 2,2009

Missouri feedout losses largest since 1981

by WLJ
In keeping with the general economy and beef markets, the steers fed in the recently completed Missouri Steer Feedout lost more money per head than any group since the program began in 1981. Eldon Cole, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, says the $154.

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Friday, January 2,2009

LETTERS

by WLJ
Mr. Crow, While I am not totally certain of the readership base of this publication, I fully realize that my message needs to be directed to the members of Congress, specifically starting with those from the western United States. The issue of the health and welfare of our aging, ever-increasing horse population is most concerning.

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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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