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Friday, October 19,2012

Undercover dairy video shows "horrific animal abuse"

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent undercover video to be made public documented egregious abuse of dairy cows in the nation’s largest dairy farm. A team of experts assembled specifically to review such videos unanimously verified the actions depicted constitute actual abuse rather than out-of-context practices used to shock an uninformed public.

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Friday, October 19,2012

JBS Argentina OKed to export processed beef to U.S.

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Argentinean National Health Service and Food Agency (SENASA, after its Spanish initials) announced last week that JBS Argentina has been cleared to again export thermallyprocessed beef products into the U.S. This comes almost precisely a year after the world’s largest packer was barred from exporting beef into the U.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Minnesota wolf hunt going to court again

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Minnesota’s Howling for Wolves are going to the Minnesota State Supreme Court to stop an impending wolf hunt. The groups say the hunt is basically illegal and an ineffective means of reducing livestock conflicts.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Measuring sustainability to improve efficiency

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The word “sustainability” has become a watchword in today’s popular culture. In the trendy green world of social fads, the concept is wrapped up in emotion and Disney-esque images. But efforts are underway to introduce numbers and bring a dose of workable reality to this important conversation.

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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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