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Monday, August 25,2014

Prices continue to fall

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As with the prior week, cash fed trade developed earlier than usual last week. A trickle of trade began Tuesday with Wednesday seeing the majority of trend-setting prices. Trade on Thursday was in clean-up mode as almost 70,000 head were confirmed sold week-to-date.

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Friday, August 22,2014

The farm bill keeps on going

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
U.S. farmers and ranchers finally got a farm bill in 2014 after waiting years for an update on the 2008 version. The bill was passed with little fanfare—or booing—outside of the agricultural community, but there have been a steady stream of implementation dates and milestones since it was signed by the president.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Four men indicted in Rancho beef scandal

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Monday, the U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Lori Chan, USDA Office of Inspector General, announced the indictment and charges against two co-owners and two employees of Rancho Feeding Corporation, the slaughter plant that resulted in 8.7 million pounds of recalled beef in February 2014.

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Friday, August 22,2014

PETA video backfires

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
PETA’s most recent video, taken at a small North Carolina dairy, shows Holstein cows walking through hockdeep liquid manure. The voiceover claims the cows are emaciated and forced to live in the squalid conditions, a detail that caught the attention of dairy farmer and active ag blogger, Carrie Mess, better known online as “Dairy Carrie.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Rising corn tide floats proteins' boats

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As with July, the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed most things up from previous estimates. Production estimates for beef, the other major competing proteins, corn, and soybeans were all up for 2014, and up for most in 2015.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Down, down they go

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade developed earlier last week than usual, though the prices left a lot to be desired from the cattle feeders’ perspective. Tuesday saw a surprising number of cattle trade in the Corn Belt at $154-155 live and $245-248 dressed. This was lower than the prior week’s cash trade, which was itself lower than the week before that.

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Friday, August 15,2014

NARMS report finds hopeful trends in Salmonella, E. Coli in beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
of the NARMS report is to track the presence of four key bacteria in humans, animals for slaughter, and retail meat, as well as to track trends in the antibiotic-resistance of those bacteria. The report looks at Salmonella, Campylobacter, Enterococcus,.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Differing views on trespassing laws

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As a brief background, several Wyoming ranchers filed a trespass suit against WWP’s Wyoming Director Jonathan Ratner and 10 unnamed WWP interns/employees back in mid-June. The ranchers are the plaintiffs in the case, being represented in part by Karen Budd-Falen, Public Lands Attorney with Budd-Falen Law Offices based in Cheyenne, WY.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Emotional reaction to Russia tanks markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed cattle trade took its own time in happening last week. By close of the markets on Thursday, 18,288 head had been confirmed sold over the course of the week—not exactly sluggish, but not overly speedy either. The bulk of that volume traded Thursday at $159-162 live and $253-255 dressed, steady to down $4 in both areas.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Agricultural community is not alone with WOTUS troubles

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s easy to think the world is coming down around your ears when attacks come from all directions, but agriculture is not alone. In this case, the infamous Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will impact more than cows and crops.

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