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Friday, August 24,2012

Placements down but still higher than average

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent USDA monthly Cattle on Feed report which came out August 17 showed few surprises. However, some perspective is needed. Even though placement numbers are down compared to expectations, the numbers are still unusually high relative to the past six years.

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Friday, August 24,2012

CA fire fees to be challenged as illegal tax

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The first of many bills for the state’s new fire fees have been sent out to rural California residents. The proceeds of the fee go to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal- Fire), but opponents say the fee is an illegal tax and it will soon be challenged in court.

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Friday, August 24,2012

High cutouts continue despite expectations

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash trade trickled along the first half of the week unable to produce a market test. Bids generally trailed asking prices by $4-6 dollars. Asking prices for live cattle in the Southern Plains started the week high at $124, but gradually dipped down to $122-123.

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Friday, August 17,2012

U.S. to be net beef importer in 2013

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The August USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report came out Friday, Aug. 10. The report showed beef production up compared to prior projections, but still down compared to prior years. It also predicted the U.S. will become a net importer of beef by 2013.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Lawsuit initiated over U.S. Forest Service rule

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
History is repeating itself on the topic of public lands management. Echoing three attempts in the past 12 years, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is facing legal challenges for attempting to update its forest planning rules. Unlike the past, however, ranching groups, rather than environmentalists, are taking it to task over the newest planning rule.

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Friday, August 17,2012

New research results could be valuable to cattle feeders

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Kansas State University (K-State) veterinary researchers have recently published the findings of their uniquely real-world relevant study on pre-harvest E. coli treatments. In the study, the researchers tested the efficacy of Pfizer Animal Health’s SRP E.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Beef Board reshapes to pursue demand

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
During the late July Cattle Industry Summer Conference, CBB deliberated and voted upon, and unanimously approved a committee restructuring proposal for the joint advisory committees with the Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation).

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Friday, August 10,2012

Verification programs can be worth the effort

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
With the growing demand for easy information, coupled with the deepening lack of knowledge about modern food production, the popularity of processverified programs among consumers is increasing. This growing consumer trend can have some valuable potential for cattlemen in terms of premiums paid for cattle and increased marketing opportunities.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Mexico levies anti-dumping tariffs on U.S. chicken

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The U.S. and Mexico have long been engaged in a game of chess. The board: trade. The key pieces: chicken, import duties, alleged violations to international trade agreements, and trade economies. And Mexico just called ‘check.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Dwindling price discovery concerns

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
During their Summer Conference meeting, NCBA’s Live Cattle Marketing Committee chair, Paul Colman, created a task force at the recommendation of a presenter. The role of the task force is to determine at what point the price discovery market is too small to be representative of the industry as a whole and what effect that can have on formula pricing.

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