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Friday, October 4,2013

New findings on implant compound could spell trouble

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A chemical that breaks down in daylight but regains its abilities at night has been called a “zombie” in scientific circles. Those circles should check their science-fiction; neither mythological nor movie zombies are creatures of the night. “Vampire” perhaps, or “werewolf” might be more appropriate.

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Friday, October 4,2013

Plan to prevent lesser prairie chicken listing released

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)—a quasi-governmental coalition of different state wildlife agencies—released the fourth and final draft of its conservation plan for the lesser prairie chicken in five states. It was submitted at the end of September to the U.

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Friday, October 4,2013

Another HSUS lawsuit dismissed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
HSUS’ recent “pork” lawsuit against the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) was slapped down by U.S. district judge Amy Berman Jackson in the last week of September. Judge Jackson basically said HSUS had no standing to bring the case, couldn’t prove injury, and was effectively trying to sue the wrong defendant anyway.

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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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