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Monday, September 30,2013

Placements lowest on record

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed report again had bullish surprises in the placements area. Analysts expected placements to be down, but what actually happened was a shock. Placement numbers inspire questions; are cattle being held back or do they exist at all?.

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Monday, September 30,2013

Bill attempts to cut fuels for wildfires

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
H.R. 1526—Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act—passed the House with a 244 to 173 vote. Among other things, the bill aims to prevent catastrophic wildfires by streamlining the process of fuel load removal. It provides for the use of livestock grazing and timber removal in at-risk areas.

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Friday, September 27,2013

Cash, futures, product values up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The trend of a Friday trade continued last week; Packers might have done themselves a disservice in waiting as futures did nothing but strengthen throughout the week and they were said to have had short supplies of contract cattle around them. Analysts expected trade to take place late Friday at higher money compared to the prior week.

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Friday, September 27,2013

California fracking bill signed, inspires strong controversy

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to provide guidance on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it is popularly called, for the Golden State. However, even in his signing message, Gov. Brown said the bill needed work.

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Monday, September 23,2013

Demand mixed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Yet another week of “wait- ‘til-Friday” trade in the cash fed cattle markets. With larger show lists, a number of outside influences on the market, and the expectation of a late Friday-afternoon Cattle on Feed report, the theme was one of biding time..

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Monday, September 23,2013

Hospitals, not farms, "most acute problem" in antibiotic resistance

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In a move that disappointed anti-animal ag groups, a new report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) pointed the finger at hospitals and human misuse as forefront of the antibiotic resistance issue. Though the report did include antibiotic use in livestock as a source of concern, the fact it did not take center stage was a welcome change.

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Friday, September 20,2013

2013 to be export year for beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Production estimates were upped for both this year and next on increased bull and cow slaughter throughout this year. Estimates of 25.68 billon pounds (bp) of beef were set for 2013 and 24.23 bp for 2014. These are both below the production of 2012, but up from earlier expectations this year.

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Friday, September 20,2013

New ad campaign "a world of pure imagination"

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Chipotle’s recent marketing campaign, “Scarecrow,” has as its cornerstone a three-and-a-half minute animated video featuring a dystopian world where food really is produced in a factory. A morose cover of the song “Pure Imagination” from the original “Willy Wonka” movie serves as the track for this dark vision.

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Friday, September 20,2013

WA co-op serves local ranchers, consumers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Have you heard the word “locavore?” It’s a food movement where consumers want food raised locally. The thought is local food is fresher and comes with a reduced carbon footprint. One problem with local meat, however, is the limited availability of small, federally-inspected processing plants.

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Monday, September 16,2013

Import projections, exports improve

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Bids were slow to develop and were passed over out of hand by cattle feeders offering cattle at $3-5 above the Spartan bids. That said, analysts expected trade would develop at slightly depressed prices from the prior week of $123 live in the South Plains, and $194-195 dressed in the Corn Belt.

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