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Monday, April 21,2014

Keep low-stress handling in mind with new equipment: Dr. Grandin

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Getting new equipment is always fun. Bright, shiny new toys! But that shiny element, not to mention the newness of it, could cause a lot of undue stress for your cattle. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when getting new equipment.

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Monday, April 21,2014

Domestic demand expected to increase

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade developed in a slow trickle throughout the week last week. By Thursday afternoon, over 59,000 head had been confirmed sold for the week at a weighted average of $146.79 live and $233.33 dressed. That was decidedly lower compared to the prior week’s $147-148 live and $240-241 dressed prices.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Wolf listing decision postponed in CA

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
California is nothing if not skilled at stirring up the passions of the people, even when the issue at hand exists largely (or wholly) outside its borders and is addressed in numerous laws. Case in point last week: the question to list the gray wolf..

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Friday, April 18,2014

Keep low-stress handling in mind with new equipment: Dr. Grandin

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When it comes to handling cattle, any sort of distractions—anything from a coat hanging on a post to something new—has the potential to cause stress to the animals. This stress is multiplied when it comes to handling cattle through a chute or pens.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Australia, Japan announce trade agreement

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s never fun to try to organize a big party, only to learn some of the key guests are planning their own festivities on the side. For some, this can be a social “faux pas” that goes well beyond hurt feelings and ruffled feathers.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Higher losses plague packers, cutout down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Packers are bleeding out red ink again, and last week looked like the cash fed cattle market was going to wring a bit more red out of them. By close of trade Thursday afternoon, barely 5,000 head had been confirmed sold for the whole week, and then only at $150 live and average $240.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Corn called bullish in the supply report

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Wednesday saw the release of the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. The report was called bullish for corn given the increases made to corn export to reflect the quick pace of corn trade in recent months, and not all that surprising for meat.

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Monday, April 7,2014

Feeders leave fed cattle in the dust

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed cattle trade decided to play an opposite day prank for the week of April Fools. Compared to the prior week, where the bulk of a very large weekly cash fed trade took place early in the week for surprisingly higher money, last week was sluggish, inactive, and what few trades did occur prior to publishing were depressed.

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Monday, April 7,2014

Climate change's impacts on U.S. agriculture

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Though the voluminous work covered a myriad of literally global topics, its impact on agriculture was a frequent theme. And unsurprisingly, one environmental group’s response to the report was entertainingly agriculturallythemed—cherry-picking—though they seemed to be reaching for fruit that wasn’t there.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Planned corn acres down for 2014-15

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Every year, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects surveys from a large number of American farmers and ranchers asking what they plan to plant. This information is collected into the Prospective Plantings report, and the information is invaluable to the markets and subsequent reports.

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