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Friday, October 5,2012

Conference stresses transparency

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Colorado Beef Council, together with Colorado State University and the Center for Meat Safety and Quality, as part of the checkoff program, put on the first Beef Transparency = Trust conference.

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Friday, October 5,2012

Corn stocks below expectations, soybeans surprise

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Grain Stocks report was released Friday, Sept. 29 by USDA. It reported all stocks of corn in all positions—on farms and in mills, elevators, warehouses, terminals and processors—stood at 988 million bushels (mb), well below prior year comparisons and industry and earlier USDA projections.

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Friday, September 28,2012

Live cash and futures markets down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Trade for cash negotiated fed cattle developed earlier last week than often happens, but remained light. Tuesday afternoon saw some very light trade around cattle country at $192 dressed in Iowa and $194 in Nebraska. Wednesday saw trade develop in the south Plains at $123 live and $190-192 dressed in the Corn Belt.

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Friday, September 28,2012

Cattle on Feed report results lower than expected

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed and Cold Storage reports came out Friday afternoon, Sept. 21. All numbers reported for the Cattle on Feed report were down from what the industry anticipated. This could mean supplies are and will be tighter than anticipated.

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Friday, September 28,2012

Beef from foreign-born cattle has bigger impact than expected

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Researchers Michael Mc- Connell, Kenneth Mathews Jr., Rachel Johnson and Keithly Jones pointed out in their study that, while it is easy to identify how much imported beef comes into the country and from what sources, identifying how much meat processed in the U.

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Friday, September 28,2012

French corn study unique but draws extreme criticism

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A recently-released study from France has found that “RoundUp Ready” genetically modified (GM) corn and RoundUp, when consumed over a long period of time, are extremely carcinogenic.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Federal veterinarians worry about safety at new Mexican facility

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Several Texas-based federal veterinarians charged with inspecting imports of live Mexican cattle into the U.S. are wary of traveling to, and working in, a newly-built facility just south of the Texas border in Nuevo Len, Mexico. The veterinarians cite safety concerns supported by the fact the U.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Prions can't hide now

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia have recently identified tells of prion diseases like BSE which can be detected in the blood of infected animals. This discovery could pave the way for a blood test screening for prion-caused neurologic disorders in humans, and perhaps animals, too.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Payment problems still plague auction markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Following the scandal and eventual collapse of Eastern Livestock, the matter of payment of auction cattle has become more pressing. The company’s leaders were indicted for mail fraud and the company was alleged to have been involved in a six-year-long spate of check kiting.

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Friday, September 14,2012

High corn estimates surprise industry

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report came out Wednesday, Sept. 12. This report held some surprises in corn, though the surprises were mostly in that the estimates varied so much from, and were so much stronger than, pre-report industry expectations.

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