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Monday, August 4,2014

Ground beef holds up cutout values

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed trade was slow to develop last week as packers, reportedly flush with cattle sufficient for their reduced production rates, were content to let the cash market cool off. Analysts expected trade to be steady with the prior week’s $160-165 live and $255-262 dressed.

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Monday, August 4,2014

Cattle Inventory; herd continues to shrink

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Two key cattle reports were released at the end of July: the biannual Cattle Inventory report and the monthly Cattle on Feed report. The reports were called bullish with both the Inventory report showing continued tightening of the cattle herd and the Cattle on Feed report showing decreased populations, placements, and marketing activity.

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Monday, August 4,2014

When is trespassing not trespassing?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The famous list of unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” almost read “Life, Liberty and Property” based on the philosophical roots of the country. But that political and legal heritage is being drawn into question as the Western Watersheds Project has upped the ante in an ongoing trespass lawsuit.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Sheep industry gets grass-fed, grant funds

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On Monday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos met with agricultural media representatives at the American Sheep Industry (ASI) headquarters in Denver to announce the programs. First, he announced the inclusion of U.S. lambs and sheep into the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Everything's coming up in cattle markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed prices were exciting last week. Rumors of a few cattle trading early in the week at $162 live stoked the fires and rapidly climbing futures values did nothing but fan the flames further.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Study: beef is the least sustainable protein

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The journal article by lead researcher Gidon Eshel—“Land, irrigation water greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States”—was published in the July 21 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Go north little dogies

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As of July 16, APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) provisionally re-instated the live cattle import certificate to 56 municipalities in Chihuahua, Mexico. The provisional move lasts until July 1, 2015, according to an emailed Import Alert sent out from APHIS to industry stakeholders.

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Monday, July 21,2014

EPA that ends well

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The EPA and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced mid- June that a long-running program, which made surplus military vehicles available to civilian organizations such as voluntary rural fire fighters, would end. The result would have cut off the availability of low- or no-cost equipment upon which rural and voluntary fire agencies depend.

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Monday, July 21,2014

Estimated beef availability up for 2014-15

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report showed an increase in many things. Beef production and availability was up. Soybean acres increased. Ending stocks of corn went up… again.

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Monday, July 21,2014

Cash fed cattle surprise, move up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed cattle market developed reasonably early contrary to expectation. The majority of the purchasing occurred on Wednesday with clean-up trade on Thursday. The prices were mostly in line with expectations, at least at the beginning.

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