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Friday, July 26,2013

Sideways trade in cash fed, live futures

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed market surprised last week when trade developed on Wednesday, contrary to analysts expectations of late-week trade. Over 10,000 head were confirmed sold in negotiated cash trade, and while that volume indicates more trade would be left for later on, it was sufficient to establish the numbers.

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Friday, July 26,2013

Bankruptcy for beef plant

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Northern Beef Packers—a small processing plant in South Dakota—has gone through a lot in its goal to produce excellent beef from local cattle. Is making tasty beef such a steep order? For the little plant, it seems it is as another problem mars its track record.

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Friday, July 26,2013

"EZ Chicken" angers farmers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It seems cute, computeranimated visions of the antibiotic-riddled farm are the new weapons in the ongoing food war. Reminiscent of Chipotle’s “Back to the Start” advertising campaign, a new marketing push attempts to drive a wedge between production styles in the minds of consumers where one is painted as good and another as bad.

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Monday, July 22,2013

Live futures set-up sparks anger

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Showlists were said to be smaller last week, but expectation of what the Cattle on Feed report might hold kept bidding at a minimum and next to no trade by Thursday afternoon. Analyst expectations started the week at steady at worst, but as the futures markets tumbled on Wednesday, expectations fell to steady to $1 down, dependent on the report.

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Friday, July 19,2013

Wooly range issues in Colorado and the West

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
During the Colorado Wool Growers 86th annual convention on Wednesday, July 17, a number of federal agencies were represented and spoke about ongoing and upcoming issues of concern regarding federal lands and wildlife.

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Monday, July 15,2013

Reports hopeful

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The negotiated cash trade held off last week as small showlists and reasonable strength in the futures gave the bargaining power to cattle feeders. Bids developed low on Tuesday at $115-117 in the South Plains and $190-191 in the Corn Belt, but sales were too few to set a market trend.

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Monday, July 15,2013

House passes split farm bill

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In a last-minute Thursday afternoon vote, the House of Representatives passed the split farmonly farm bill. The vote was a razor-thin 216 to 208 divide in favor of it. The bill-splitting occurred only the evening before and took out the supplemental food and nutrition elements from H.

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Friday, July 12,2013

Summer time pastimes; lawsuits and legislation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Though the summer isn’t the traditional “legislative season,” there are some bills and resolutions seeing some action, not to mention a constant stream of lawsuits which have, will, or might impact ranchers and agricultural producers of the West.

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Friday, July 12,2013

Celebrity chef tries again with American kids

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Jamie Oliver—celebrity chef and influential player in the “pink slime” debacle when he doused some beef with household cleaning solution and told audiences that was what was in their children’s school lunches— has launched a new nonprofit group.

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Friday, July 12,2013

Beef numbers down in July WASDE, corn bearish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WAS- DE) report came out Thursday, July 11, and was much anticipated on the corn front. Ending stocks of corn—what most were interested in—increased slightly, which had the immediate result of a decent rally in corn futures and a decline in feeders.

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