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Monday, January 13,2014

Drought took its toll on Southwest market

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Times have been tough in the heart of classic cowboy country these past few years. The Southwest has seen some of the worst drought it’s experienced in ages in 2011-2013. Drought and its accompanying friend, fire, has taken a toll on ag real estate and pasture values.

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Monday, January 13,2014

Where's the top to cash fed cattle?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week the cash fed market continued to ride the rising tide of record prices. Though the bulk of sales were pushed off until Friday, the scattered small volume sells to regional packers were nothing if not a reprisal of the prior week’s tune, though at a slightly higher pitch.

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Friday, January 10,2014

Proposed bill 2014's first ag protection law

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In what is likely a long list of firsts for the year 2014, the derisive moniker of “aggag” has been applied to a proposed Indiana law by animal rights groups. The law in question focuses mostly on trespass and trains, but does include an interesting detail that could even give the agricultural world pause.

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Friday, January 10,2014

Checkoff operator passes its management review

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In a report released last Tuesday, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) stated it had found “no reportable findings” in its required triennial management review of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB).

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Demand, market conditions and lessened drought could move hay markets in 2014

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The new year of 2014 has been dubbed the year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar, the year of the family farmer by the United Nations, and apparently the year of cheap feed by the markets.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Cash fed cattle up sharply

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed trade last week was riding the strong price tailwind from the prior week. On Friday, Dec. 27, cash cattle prices increased sharply with cattle selling $3-4 higher for live at $133-136 and $3-6 higher with $210-215—mostly $212-214—for dressed.

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Monday, December 30,2013

Production cuts could boost prices

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade was choppy last week, given the Christmas holiday being smack dab in the middle of the trading week. Analysts expected cattle to sell steady to $1-2 higher than the prior week’s $129-130 live and $205-209 dressed in late-week trade.

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Monday, December 30,2013

Cattle on Feed report called slightly bullish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In what has been called “moderately bullish,” the most recent Cattle on Feed report showed on-feed, placements, and marketing numbers below industry expectations. The decline in placements of cattle into feedlots with a 1,000-head-or-greater capacity was especially surprising and friendly to the markets.

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Friday, December 27,2013

A sequel to "Livestock's Long Shadow," scientific opinion

New international opinion points finger at livestock again in climate change

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Anyone in the world of livestock production should be familiar with the United Nations’ 2006 report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow.

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Friday, December 27,2013

USDA makes waves with new Brazilian beef proposal

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The proposal would allow the importation of uncooked beef from certain—previously banned—Brazilian states: Bahia, Distrito Federal, Espirito Santo, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grossodo Sul, Minas Gerais, Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Rondonia, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, and Tocantins.

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