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Friday, May 11,2012

Competition and extended trading hours spurs changes, market concerns

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On May 14, IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE) launches its new grain commodity futures with a 22-hour trading day. This competitive move has put agcommodities giant Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (CME) on the defensive. The USDA and market analysts have been hardpressed to foresee the market impacts and warn of potential trade disruptions.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Selling beef: the next generation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Beef Checkoff Program is interested in how best to market beef to the next generation. Their recent study of “Millennials” —the generation born between 1980 and 2000 —found that this up-andcoming consumer group values new experiences but lacks key knowledge about beef.

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Friday, May 11,2012

New beef storm may be brewing over "meat glue"

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It has not been a good few months for beef’s public relations efforts. Outcry over lean fine textured beef (LFTB) and concern over bovine spongiform encephalopathy—sensationally called “pink slime” and “mad cow disease” respectively—have had unfortunate effects on domestic beef demand.

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Friday, May 4,2012

BSE fallout; import halts, inspections, and ID systems

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The discovery of the fourth case of bovine BSE in the U.S. April 24 has had muted reactions at home. In other areas, however, there has been greater reaction. Indonesia has halted imports of U.S. beef and South Korea and Taiwan have upped inspections of U.S.

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Friday, May 4,2012

HSUS forms the new Colorado Agriculture Council

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the HSUS press release, the new advisory group was created “[t]o advance more humane practices on farms and ranches and to promote food producers who share that goal. …” The announcement of CAC’s creation came during a meeting of the Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare caucus chaired by Rep.

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Friday, May 4,2012

China invests in dairy herd; impacts for beef could follow

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
China Modern Dairy, China’s largest dairy company in terms of head count and milk production, aims at milking 300,000 head by 2015. China Modern Dairy is just one of the companies in the rapidly growing Chinese dairy industry.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Cattle on feed up 2 percent in April; good weather holds back placements

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
California, Nebraska and Washington saw the largest year-to-year increases in the cattle on feed population. Compared with April 1, 2011, California was up 9 percent, with 490,000 cattle on feed. Nebraska saw a 6 percent increase from last year’s numbers with 2.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Virginia cattle travel direct to Quebec

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In an amusing change of pace, a government can be credited with reducing bureaucracy. Ranchers in Virginia can now sell their cattle directly to operators in eastern Canada without going through middlemen states, all thanks to the Virginia state government and interested Canadian cattle feeders.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Trespassing cattle still on public lands despite years of BLM effort

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Bundy and BLM have been at odds since 1993 when Bundy stopped paying fees for his grazing allotment, part of the Bunkerville allotment within the Gold Butte area. Since then, BLM has made numerous attempts to get the trespass cattle off the territory. These efforts have come in the form of court orders, injunctions,.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Wildlife eating feed crops cause problems

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Though the story ended relatively well for Rapp— admittedly not for the deer—the issue of “corn-fed elk” is nothing to take lightly. Wildlife who help themselves to whatever’s in their reach can cause serious damage to agricultural interests as well as traffic.

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