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Monday, October 13,2014

Ranchers ride east to Washington, D.C.

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Back in the days of the old West, the Pony Express saw fleet-footed horses and their daring riders charging west through hostile territory to get mail through to its destinations. Now the ponies are pointed east and aimed to charge into hostile territory to deliver a petition to the government.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Scarcity creates land opportunities

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
With the recession diminishing in the memories of the country, and people dissatisfied with waiting any longer to invest, the land market in the intermountain region has decidedly picked up. There is optimism and buyer interest with some looking to invest and others looking to expand.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Second verse, same as the first

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The second week of October looked an awful lot like the first week in terms of the cattle markets. Cash was slow to start with expectations putting it at higher money, futures continued upwards, feeders sold for more money, and the beef complex gained some ground while still leaving packers in the red.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Less doesn't mean none

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Case in point: I spoke with Katie Fite, Biodiversity Director at Western Watersheds Project (WWP), while working on my sage grouse ruling story for last week’s paper.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Whose mountains are these? Recreation vs. production

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“Prior to the recession, the recreational properties were the focus of the markets. And then when the recession hit, those properties became very stagnant, very difficult to sell. But they have slowly started coming back,” reported Sam Middleton of Chas.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Futures dominate the market with gains

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Packers missed the boat last week for buying cattle cheaper. After an explosive rally that began the prior Friday, the relatively aggressive gains of the near-term futures contracts left behind any hope that packers might have allayed their significant losses on the procurement side.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Court requires BLM to consider 'no-grazing'

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Monday last week saw the Idaho District Court rule in favor of the environmental litigation group, Western Watersheds Project (WWP).

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Monday, September 29,2014

Cattle on Feed report neutral to bearish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week saw the release of two monthly reports relating to meat markets; the Cattle on Feed report and the Cold Storage report.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Beef demand not as strong as expected

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Everything was slow or a bit low last week. Next to no cash trade had occurred by Thursday—3,380 head were confirmed sold for the week at that point at $153 live and $242 dressed—and the cutout was sharply lower as packers struggled with negative margins and slack demand.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Wild horse herd management conflicts continue

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Not much fires up the plight of a horse loving animal activist than a planned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup.

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