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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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Friday, August 3,2012

Drought complicates already sticky horse issue

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Tuesday, July 31, Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis, R-District 53, sent an impassioned letter and petition to the secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsak, urging him to help horse owners and horses alike by supporting the inspection of horse slaughter.

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Friday, August 3,2012

Alliance severs ties with Bank of America over HSUS

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance), a 501(c) (3) non-profit focused on educating consumers about animal agriculture, announced July 30 that it was ending its 25-year-long relationship with Bank of America. The reason for the split was Bank of America’s continued public support of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Friday, July 27,2012

Cattle on feed up, marketings down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
July 20 saw an unusual cosmic alignment in the world of USDA reports; the July Cattle on Feed (COF) report, the Mid-Year Cattle Inventory report, and the monthly Cold Storage report all came out on the same day.

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Friday, July 27,2012

Market may have seen seasonal lows pass

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Feeders, knowing show lists were small last week and on rumor that at least one of the major packers was short bought, held staunchly to asking prices of $116- 118 live in the South and $187-188 dressed in the Corn Belt. Regional packers in the North reportedly were bidding up to $183 dressed, but all expectations were of trade being forced Friday.

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