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Friday, June 14,2013

NM attorney general calls horsemeat illegal

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Monday, June 10, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King issued a legal analysis regarding the issue of horse slaughter. King said meat from U.S. horses treated with certain chemicals fits the legal definition of an adulterated food product under the New Mexico Food Act.

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Friday, June 14,2013

Unchanged WASDE corn estimates surprise industry

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Beef production estimates were increased by 330 million pounds (mp) to 25.52 billion pounds (bp) for 2013. Continued poor range conditions in key cattle states pushing relatively large placements of cattle into feedlots and continued high cow slaughter were credited by USDA as the motivation behind the estimate increase.

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Monday, June 10,2013

An HSUS chapter in IRS scandal

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In addition to targeting certain groups for greater scrutiny, some have speculated the IRS was shielding other groups from investigation. In this case, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its questionable level of political involvement given its tax-exempt status seem to reside in the IRS’ blind spot.

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Friday, June 7,2013

Alternative uses for cattle: weed whacker

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most obvious benefit of course is the added forage availability. Cattle that will only eat grasses are at a disadvantage compared to those which will also eat thistles, sages, knapweed and others. And if cattle can and will eat weeds, that removes the need to spray for or otherwise destroy them, which represents both time and money.

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Monday, June 3,2013

Ruling in Hage trespass case favors rancher

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada, who oversaw the case, held that while some trespass had occurred, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials lacked evidence for many of their claims against the Nevada ranching family and were.

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Monday, June 3,2013

Cutout has topped, trends down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash markets were sluggish as packers are trying to hold onto their positive profit margins as cutout values have begun to move lower. By midweek, the asking prices were $126-128 live and $202-204 dressed, but packers were only bidding $122 live in the South Plains and $197 in Nebraska by Thursday morning.

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Friday, May 31,2013

Corn nears "slowest year;" South Plains ranges poor

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Rains are once again a mixed blessing in corn country. On the one hand, it is needed in many areas, and on the other, it continues to delay the remaining percentage points of corn plantings for this year. The slow progress has led to comparisons to 1993 and questions about whether this year has been the slowest year in recent memory.

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Monday, May 27,2013

Choice records continue

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash trade on live cattle kept analysts guessing throughout the week. At first, expectations were for a midweek startup, then after the futures’ bust on Wednesday, analysts were calling for a lateweek trade. All the while, the cash market failed to show the repeatedly record-setting cutout values.

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Monday, May 27,2013

High placements make for bearish report

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report came out Friday, May 17. It reported that cattle on feed as of May 1 in feedlots with a 1,000-head or larger capacity was down, while cattle placed on feed and marketed during the month of April were both up.

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Friday, May 24,2013

Corn plantings surge

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The May 20 Crop Progress report showed overall corn plantings jumped 43 percent in the prior week. The previous report (released May 13) showed only 28 percent of the expected crop planted, but the most recent report quoted 71 percent. The five-year average for that week in May is 79 percent.

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