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Tuesday, September 3,2013

Placements decline over 4 times more than expected

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Calling the most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report “bullish” is something of an understatement. Instead of the usual bovine mascot for that market scenario—horned, alert, ready for action— let’s substitute something more extreme. Like a rodeo bull or a Spanish fighting bull.

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Friday, August 30,2013

EPA may retroactively enforce rule on farmers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
At the end of this month— Sept. 23—a provision preventing the EPA from pursuing enforcement actions against farms they deem not in compliance with the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule will lapse.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Northern Beef Packers could go Chapter 7

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The tale of woe continues for the financially troubled, technologically stunning Northern Beef Packers’ (Northern) plant in Aberdeen, SD. The Trustee overseeing the bankruptcy case has called the packing plant “administratively insolvent” and has moved for the plant to liquidate.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Supply issues; Zilmax and cows

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It seems the cash attention last week was on the feeder sales because negotiated cash fed sales were slow to “dead.” Very few bids and only tiny and sporadic sales had occurred by midweek. By Thursday afternoon only 4,679 head had been confirmed sold, making the volume too low for a market trend.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Ranching; there's an app for that

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
That little handheld computer you—or your neighbor, friend, child, or another colleague—carry around on a daily basis might be the single most powerful device on your property. Sure, a smartphone can’t dig holes, bail hay, or move cattle, but it can connect you with information and allow you to share information with others.

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Friday, August 23,2013

HSUS gets law enforcement arm

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) recently announced it had created a National Law Enforcement Council to “assist The HSUS to strengthen and better enforce laws to protect animals from cruelty.” The group is comprised of mostly of attorneys and a few current and past law enforcement professionals.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Report: internet "underutilized" resource on U.S. farms, ranches

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Every two years, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) releases the Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report. The most recent installment came out last Tuesday. The findings show computer ownership and internet access by farmers and ranchers are closing the usage gap with nonfarming citizens.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Zilmax Impacts

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade last week was at a trickle in terms of volume. Throughout the first half of the week, only slightly more than 4,000 head had sold total on the negotiated market. Bids were slow to appear and were mostly ignored in the face of asking prices of $123-124 live and $200-201 dressed.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Corn changes counter expectations

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Corn took the cake in last week’s release of the World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Counter to prereport estimates which predicted corn yields to be increased, USDA revised the numbers down. This had a short-term positive effect on corn futures and, unsurprisingly, a negative effect on feeder cattle.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Cooperation on climate change

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
There are several ways to talk about cooperation. One way is to repeat the word “together” while at the same time dismissing or making fun of those with differing perspectives. Another is to highlight the need for varied voices in the conversation while calling out bias for what it is.

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