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Monday, May 13,2013

Economic hurdles for Australian beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Australian beef industry is experiencing a perfect storm of economic disaster. Drought, oversupply from closed markets, and ag policy gone awry have left Aussie producers scrambling to find an alternative to simply shooting the hundreds of thousands of excess animals which cost more to feed and ship than they’re worth at market.

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Monday, May 13,2013

Record product values, contract lows

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade developed as a slow but steady trickle last week with reportable sales starting as early as Tuesday. Cattle sold for $126-127 live and $202-204 dressed, decreases of as much as $5-6 for both depending upon what part of cattle country one looked at.

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Friday, May 10,2013

CSAs a direct-marketing strategy with benefits

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
With the popularity of farmers markets has come the growth of farmshares or CSAs. CSAs—the common shorthand for “Community Supported Agriculture”—are a form of direct marketing system. While CSAs are largely produce-oriented, there is a growing movement towards meat CSAs.

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Monday, May 6,2013

Federal delisting may come for wolves

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Word has spread from a pair of major news outlets regarding a draft rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Reportedly, the draft rule proposes the federal delisting of the gray wolf in the continental U.S.

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Friday, May 3,2013

Not too late for the Agriculture Census

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Information from the Census of Agriculture helps USDA monitor trends and better understand the needs in agriculture,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a NASS announcement. “Providing industry stakeholders, community leaders, lawmakers and indi vidual.

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Friday, May 3,2013

Wet weather and low temperatures delay crops

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Corn plantings across the country have been severely hampered by weather. In 2012, the corn planting progress as of the week ending April 28 stood at 49 percent of the total crop. The fiveyear average for the same week is 31 percent. Compared to both of these numbers, this year’s corn planting has amounted to 5 percent of the expected total.

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Monday, April 29,2013

Placements surprise

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The April Cattle on Feed report (COF) came out Friday, April 19. The report covers numbers of cattle on feed in feedlots of 1,000 head or greater capacity as of April 1, and the number placed and marketed during March. The biggest surprises came from the number of cattle placed, which was well above both year ago levels and pre-report estimates.

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Monday, April 22,2013

Farm women survey finds lack of understanding in shopping moms

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The grassroots organization CommonGround recently released the results of their “Gate-to-Plate” survey. The online survey looked at the buying motivations of over 1,000 moms of school-aged children at the grocery store.

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Friday, April 19,2013

HSUS crows over pulled CA bill

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Wednesday, April 17, Assembly Bill 343 was pulled by its author, effectively killing it. The bill would have required documenters of animal cruelty to turn over a copy to local law enforcement within 120 hours (five days) of capture. The Humane Society of the U.

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Friday, April 12,2013

Futures struggle, export demand troubled

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop last week as packers—again suffering losses over $50/head—tried to hold out for improved leverage later in the week.

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