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Friday, February 15,2013

Missouri most recent in genetically modified animal labeling laws

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A recently-proposed bill in Missouri—Missouri Senate Bill 155 (SB 155)—has been directed to the state’s Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee. The bill would require that all meat from genetically modified animals be labeled as such.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Cattle inventory at 61-year low

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle Inventory report was released Friday, Feb. 1 and reported on all cattle— beef and dairy—in the U.S. herd as of the first of the year. Overall, the number of cattle and calves recorded was down 1.6 percent at 89.3 million head, making this the lowest Jan.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Vertical integration makes "farm-to-fork" a reality

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Jon Pauling is a secondgeneration rancher out of northeastern Colorado. His father purchased the ranch in 1961 and Pauling started working it after he left high school.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Japan eases age restrictions on beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Monday, Jan. 28, U.S. government officials announced Japan would ease age restrictions on beef imports from the U.S. This move has been long anticipated and the possibility has circulated since 2011. As of Friday, Feb. 1, beef from animals 30 months or younger could be exported to Japan, this limit up from the prior 20-month maximum.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Placements, marketings defy expectations

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
is down 6 percent compared to last year’s Jan. 1 on-feed population of 11.86 million. Pre-report estimates had anticipated an on-feed level 95.6 percent of last year’s. The unrounded results were 94.4 percent, which was just within the low end of the pre-report estimate range.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Skilled cattle thieves in MO

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A story akin to the old western tales of cattle rustlers is playing out in Missouri. Apparently, traitorous cowboys are turning on their fellow cattlemen and using their ranching skills for the dark side, stealing the best calves out from under their owners’ noses.

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Monday, January 28,2013

Choice values continue to disappoint

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash cattle trade was sporadic and unusually distributed throughout last week, but at least trade wasn’t put off until Friday like in the past few weeks. Showlists were larger last week given the week-on-week buying apathy of packers in earlier weeks..

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Friday, January 25,2013

Across the border work "voluntary"

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In the “border war”—crossing the border, that is—between federal veterinarians and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), one side has relented. The agency will not force current veterinary employees to cross the Mexican border to staff a new inspection facility there.

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Friday, January 25,2013

Framing the beef conversation to connect with consumers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s been said so many times and in so many ways: ranchers must tell their story. It’s a necessary part of the job these days. But simply being told “tell your story” and hearing the importance of doing so isn’t very helpful. So here’s a bit of Communication 101 that might help you in telling your ranching story.

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Friday, January 18,2013

Listing proposal for Gunnison sage grouse called "disappointing'

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Friday, Jan. 11, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) submitted a proposal to list the Gunnison sage grouse as endangered under the ESA. Along with this listing proposal comes an astounding 1.7 million acres in western Colorado and the eastern edge of Utah proposed as critical habitat for the bird.

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