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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Check the validity of your VCPR for future needs

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
— Impending standards for antibiotic use requires vets Quick; what is a VCPR and do you have a valid one? If you didn’t mentally rattle off “veterinary-client-patient-relationship” as you read that, you might want to give your vet a call. If you don’t have a vet, it would behoove you to find one soon.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Check the validity of your VCPR for future needs

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The program was actually started in 1996. They put it into the law and then in early 2000s they said ‘OK, we now have funding, so we’re going to start to look at that and start to implement that.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

A big fat mistake

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“There has been and continued to be an unexplainable desire by dieticians and other ‘health’ professionals to associate or link dietary components, particularly animal food products, with human disease,” wrote Dr.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Zinc and beta agonists

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
While the public relations world does battle with consumer perception regarding beta agonists, scientists do what scientists do…namely, figure out how things work. In this case, they have been trying to figure out how to make beta agonists work better.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Cattle on Feed report: inventories mislead

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“Delayed feedlot marketings, down 9 percent yearover-year in January, have allowed feedlot inventories to hold close to year-ago levels but feedlot production continues to fall,” explained Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Steers are majority of cattle slaughter

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
All told, 2.38 million head were slaughtered under federal inspection during January 2015. This is down 10 percent from January 2014. This produced 1.94 billion pounds of beef, down 8 percent from January 2014’s 2.11 billion pounds of federally inspected beef.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Beef builds up in freezers

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
At 490.94 million pounds of beef in cold storage as of Jan. 31, beef stocks are up 14 percent compared to the prior year. Though boneless beef makes up roughly 90 percent of all the beef in freezers, both the volume of boneless beef and beef cuts rose 14 percent.

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Monday, March 2,2015

A look at Australia, Aussie beef imports

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Australia is one of the world’s major beef producers and exporters, exporting roughly three-quarters of its total production. It was also the number one source of beef (not cattle) imported into the U.S. in 2014. The vast majority of the beef imported from Australia into the U.

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Monday, March 2,2015

Futures try to regain early-week losses

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The cash fed trade was slow and developed warily last week as other portions of the market moved erratically. By Thursday afternoon, more than 18,000 had been confirmed sold at $156-157 live and $250-252 dressed. This was down $3-4 live and down $1-8 dressed compared to the prior week.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Take a peek at the other team's playbook

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The football season has long since ended and baseball hasn’t yet started. So in the meantime, perhaps your strategy needs can be sated with a peak at a different sort of playbook. Brazil is the U.S.’ biggest beef competitor so it’s important to keep tabs on what it’s doing.

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