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Friday, October 10,2014

Whose mountains are these? Recreation vs. production

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Prior to the recession, the recreational properties were the focus of the markets. And then when the recession hit, those properties became very stagnant, very difficult to sell. But they have slowly started coming back,” reported Sam Middleton of Chas.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Futures dominate the market with gains

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Packers missed the boat last week for buying cattle cheaper. After an explosive rally that began the prior Friday, the relatively aggressive gains of the near-term futures contracts left behind any hope that packers might have allayed their significant losses on the procurement side.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Court requires BLM to consider 'no-grazing'

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Monday last week saw the Idaho District Court rule in favor of the environmental litigation group, Western Watersheds Project (WWP).

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Monday, September 29,2014

Cattle on Feed report neutral to bearish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week saw the release of two monthly reports relating to meat markets; the Cattle on Feed report and the Cold Storage report.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Beef demand not as strong as expected

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Everything was slow or a bit low last week. Next to no cash trade had occurred by Thursday—3,380 head were confirmed sold for the week at that point at $153 live and $242 dressed—and the cutout was sharply lower as packers struggled with negative margins and slack demand.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Wild horse herd management conflicts continue

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Not much fires up the plight of a horse loving animal activist than a planned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup.

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Friday, September 26,2014

$2 Corn and what it could mean

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As corn prices steadily fall as word of a record corn crop grows with every telling, animal ag producers rejoice. Cheap corn means cheap feed. Cheap feed means better margins for those raising livestock that eat corn.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Legislative activities head into the home stretch

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In what is likely to be the first of many legislative updates as the 113th Congress winds down, there’s some good news for agriculture.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Fed cattle drift lower with packer losses

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed trade was slow to develop last week as packers were trying to mitigate recently very red margins and everyone was collectively holding their breath for the Friday release of the Cattle on Feed report. Even by Thursday, bids were limited to $155-156 live in the Southern Plains and $242-244 dressed in the Corn Belt.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Ag tops list for most fatal injuries on the job

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Overall, the report found the rate of fatal workplace injuries declined, but “cattle ranching and farming,” which includes both dairy and beef operations, represented over a third of all agricultural (crop and animal production) occupational fatalities, and the massive majority of all fatalities within the animal production category.

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