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Friday, March 7,2014

Food: What is in a name?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In Shakespeare’s famous play of star-crossed lovers, titular Juliet argues that a thing’s name isn’t important, but rather what a thing is at heart. Despite her heartfelt—and often quoted—assertion that names are irrelevant regarding roses’ sweetness and Romeo’s lovability, the modern day food world disagrees.

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Friday, March 7,2014

FDA sets standards for state feed regulations

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As February turned into March, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released standards for regulating animal feed. The standards themselves are not regulations, but rather a framework by which states or other governing bodies can regulate animal feed.

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Monday, March 3,2014

Calf immunity comes with a ticking clock

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When it comes to calves and their immune systems, most ranchers know there’s a ticking clock counting down the prospects of that calf’s future. They have to get a lot of good colostrum in them as fast as possible or else they are left poorly defended. That causes problems down the line in the form of sickly, poorly-performing or even dead calves.

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Monday, March 3,2014

Markets up again

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
And up we go (again)! Packers took the steer by the proverbial horns last week in the cash markets. They were apparently undaunted by their $100-perhead losses as they bid up the price of cash cattle to $150-152 live and $240-242 dressed mid-week.

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Friday, February 28,2014

"Feedback" a symptom of producer desperation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A recent undercover animal rights video at a hog barn sought to deal a blow to the pork industry. What it did was underscore the dire situation faced by hog farmers as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) cuts a swath of destruction through populations of North American piglets.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Surprisingly high placements called bearish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed report was called bearish for the markets as onfeed populations and placements were higher than expected, and marketings were lower than expected. The most surprising of the numbers was placements, which far outstripped industry expectations.

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Monday, February 24,2014

Fed markets quiet, beef values move up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
All was quiet on the beef front last week. The same could not be said for the world of pork, however, as the Humane Society of the U.S. fired shots over the bow of the pork industry. Look for more information on that unfolding story in this week’s Beef Bits and next week’s issue of WLJ.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Executive order to streamline trade signed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed the “Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses” executive order. Among other things, the order aims to cut down processing and approval times for small businesses seeking to export American-made products or services abroad.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Chipotle continues to confuse fantasy and reality

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In its most recent media stunt, the company has created an internet “comedy show” that blurs the line between advertising and entertainment, reminiscent of when soap operas actually tried to sell soap and entire Saturday morning cartoon series were tailored around selling lines of toys to kids.

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Monday, February 17,2014

Packers cutting production rate to stem margin losses

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
While the cash trade last week seemed indecisive—at first sending signals that the market would be steady to lower, then later suggesting it would be steady to higher—the big questions focused on what packers would be doing.

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