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Friday, March 29,2013

HSUS affiliate oversees millions of acres

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On Friday, March 25, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) happily announced the acquisition of over 1,000 acres of northern California by one of its satellite groups, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT).

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Friday, March 29,2013

Stored beef up, but proportion of total down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The USDA Cold Storage report came out Friday, March 22 and reported on the red meat and poultry in cold storage for February. Overall red meat in cold storage was up 3 percent in February 2013 versus February 2012 with 1.15 billion pounds. This represented 52.

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Monday, March 25,2013

Japan interested in Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
This move has been a long time in coming, with Prime Minster Shinzo’s predecessor—Yoshihiko Noda—having begun informal talks with the U.S. in 2011. The potential of Japan’s entry into the group could open up massive trade opportunities via reduced trade barriers on key agricultural commodities, beef in particular.

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Friday, March 22,2013

ESA reform bill could prevent costly abuse

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Senator John Cornyn (R- TX) submitted Senate Bill 19 (S. 19) which seeks to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. The overall goal is to put an end to what has been called the “sue and settle” cycle used by environmental groups to extract huge sums of money from federal agencies—and thereby taxpayers—in the form of covered legal fees.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Poultry has potential to pressure beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released Friday, March 8. The report held few surprises in red meat and crops, but poultry changes—particularly of broilers and turkey— drew attention.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Fixed-time AI: the benefits of AI without heat detection

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Tail paint and stick-on detectors; these and others are the trappings of heat detection, a necessary evil if one wants to reap the benefits of artificial insemination (AI). But the effort of watching for the tell-tale signs of a cow in heat is often beyond the constraints of most commercial cattlemen.

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Thursday, March 14,2013

Right to farm draws criticism and compliment

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
House Joint Resolutions 7 and 11 (HJR 7&11)—a wonderfully concise piece of legislation—proposes to change the state’s constitution to guarantee and safeguard the ability of farmers and ranchers to use modern practices.

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Friday, March 8,2013

Attention on beta agonists in beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As consumers at home and abroad get more interested in their food, production technologies get more attention and scrutiny from all angles. None is so frequent in the mainstream media today, or possibly as valuable to the beef industry, as beta agonists.

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Friday, March 8,2013

Illegal off-road riding damaging the west

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Arizona cattlemen who have been grazing their cattle on the federal public and state trust lands have had frequent issues with off-road vehicle (ORV) riders. The issue is quickly complicated when ORV riders engage in illegal riding and other illegal activity which a growing number of people claim goes hand in hand with the activity.

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Friday, March 1,2013

Cattle on Feed report surprises cancel out

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed (COF) report was released Friday, Feb. 22. It detailed the number of cattle on feed in feedlots with a 1,000-head or greater capacity as of Feb. 1 and the number of cattle placed on feed and marketed from such feedlots during the month of January.

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