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Friday, August 1,2014

Sheep industry gets grass-fed, grant funds

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On Monday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos met with agricultural media representatives at the American Sheep Industry (ASI) headquarters in Denver to announce the programs. First, he announced the inclusion of U.S. lambs and sheep into the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Everything's coming up in cattle markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed prices were exciting last week. Rumors of a few cattle trading early in the week at $162 live stoked the fires and rapidly climbing futures values did nothing but fan the flames further.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Study: beef is the least sustainable protein

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The journal article by lead researcher Gidon Eshel—“Land, irrigation water greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States”—was published in the July 21 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Go north little dogies

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As of July 16, APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) provisionally re-instated the live cattle import certificate to 56 municipalities in Chihuahua, Mexico. The provisional move lasts until July 1, 2015, according to an emailed Import Alert sent out from APHIS to industry stakeholders.

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Monday, July 21,2014

EPA that ends well

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The EPA and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced mid- June that a long-running program, which made surplus military vehicles available to civilian organizations such as voluntary rural fire fighters, would end. The result would have cut off the availability of low- or no-cost equipment upon which rural and voluntary fire agencies depend.

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Monday, July 21,2014

Estimated beef availability up for 2014-15

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report showed an increase in many things. Beef production and availability was up. Soybean acres increased. Ending stocks of corn went up… again.

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Monday, July 21,2014

Cash fed cattle surprise, move up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed cattle market developed reasonably early contrary to expectation. The majority of the purchasing occurred on Wednesday with clean-up trade on Thursday. The prices were mostly in line with expectations, at least at the beginning.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Sheep station closure under consideration

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Following World War II, Pastor and Social Activist Martin Niemöller delivered his now iconic “First they came” speech-turnedpoem.

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Monday, July 14,2014

'Dog days of summer' spooks cattle market

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade was slow to develop last week and that was certainly to the benefit of packers. A hard break in the live futures, larger show lists, along with longanticipated rumors of declining production to meet the incoming reduced beef demand...

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Friday, July 11,2014

Fish and Wildlife Service redefining the ESA one phrase at a time

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Following last week’s coverage of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) redefining a key phrase in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) [“New interpretation of ESA phrase ruffles feathers,” pg. 7], it came to light that there were several other related areas being tweaked in the ESA, as well.

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