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Friday, October 11,2013

What to do before selling the ranch; prepare records and yourself

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
So you’re thinking of selling up too. report. But those things can be best and highest h use is also “Get good financial i advice, said. “They need to think that t your ranch? There are several things you can do to make your experience smoother and make your property more attractive.

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Friday, October 11,2013

HSUS on the ranch

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
There were some big surprises on a gorgeous Colorado fall day. Not only was Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), on a beef ranch for the first time, he also voiced support for animal agriculture. There was, of course, a catch.

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Monday, October 7,2013

UN climate report claims certainty, calls for caps

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As always, the topic of climate change has a way of spurring controversy and ire. But when claims of certainty are thrown around, as well as accusations of information being left out and calls for global carbon limits, the stage is set for...

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Friday, October 4,2013

Shutdown uncertainties trouble markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week’s big news of the government shutdown has gratefully not impacted too many sectors of agriculture. If the embarrassing lapse of the government came and went for you with little fanfare; awesome! Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the markets.

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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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