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Friday, March 21,2014

Big names in beef attempt to define beef sustainability

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When a big player like Mc- Donald’s says they want something, the response needs to be a big one. So when offering a definition of sustainable beef, one international organization gave a global answer. The definition isn’t new, but the approach might be.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Live futures a battleground

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Things slowed down in the cash fed cattle markets last week. By Thursday afternoon, barely 3,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though the volumes were too low to name it the price for the week, the steers that sold graded 80 percent Choice or greater and went for $148 live.

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Friday, March 14,2014

A final Klamath agreement proposed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the Rolling Stones’ popular song, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you get what you need.” That wisdom permeates the most recent agreement on the Klamath Basin water war, which may prove to be the final word in this decadeslong conflict.

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Friday, March 14,2014

How you feed impacts AI success; gaining diets improve results

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Despite the perceptions of the mainstream population, those in agriculture are a technologically advanced lot. Cutting-edge? Try bleeding edge. Technological advancement and adoption of the most recent science—particularly in the pursuit of the best genetics—is par for the course on many ranching operations.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Beef production, exports projected up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Beef production estimates rose in the most recent WASDE compared to prior estimates, up almost 200 million pounds (mp) for a total of 24.62 billion pounds (bp). This came as a result of the higher-thanexpected placement trend seen so far this quarter compared to the first quarter in 2013.

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Monday, March 10,2014

Heifers OKed for futures delivery

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Effective with the August 2015 delivery month, the amendments will allow heifers to be deliverable against the Live Cattle Futures contract but be subject to additional eligibility requirements,” noted the CME announcement of the decision. The additional restrictions are as follows:.

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Monday, March 10,2014

Live futures see sharp downward correction

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed cattle prices drifted lower last week as the live cattle futures took a nose-dive and packers seized on the opportunity to buy cattle cheaper. Compared to the $150-152 live and $240 dressed prices seen in the previous week, last week saw the bulk of trade happen at $150 live and $237-240 dressed.

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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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