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Monday, June 30,2014

Rule could devastate on-farm conservation

Perspectives on what Interpretive Rule would do differ wildly

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The IR details 56 specific permitting-exempt activities. The more overtly ranching-oriented exemptions on the list include: • Brush management; • Prescribed burning; • Fencing; • Firebreak; • Forage harvest management; • Prescribed grazing; • Grazing land mechanical treatment; and • Range planting.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Futures rally despite being overbought

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Asking prices started the week slightly elevated from the prior week’s sales of $148-150 live and $234-238 dressed. However, after a strong rally—again—in the futures markets, asking prices jumped up a few more dollars. By Thursday morning, cattle feeders were asking $153-154 live and $240-242 dressed.

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Friday, June 27,2014

The worrisome wonders of Washington

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Earlier this month, I attended the annual Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) as the lone media representative. It was an experience of a lifetime! Meeting young (or young at heart) producers from around the country and hearing about the pressing issues in their states was eyeopening, and simply meeting so many new people was a treat.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Frogs join the ESA fray

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Sage-grouse and desert lizards aren’t the only creatures on the brink of listing that have inspired landowners to roll up their sleeves. In the Pacific Northwest, the threat of listing a small frog has locals putting their heads together to preserve private land rights and help the amphibian.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Stored beef declines

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cold Storage report was released last week. It showed that stores of beef in all warehouses across the country are down considerably from the same time last year. As of May 31, there were 378.9 million pounds of beef in cold storage, representing 38.

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Friday, June 27,2014

No new surprises

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cattle on feed in feedlots of 1,000 head or greater capacity as of June 1 stood at 10.59 million, down 1.7 percent compared to June 1 of last year. As has been the case for the past several months, all of the major cattle-feeding states, save Nebraska, saw declines in their on-feed populations.

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Monday, June 23,2014

Cash fed, product values climb

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The markets were alive last week! Cash feeders were still shooting for the stars, feeder futures were bouncing off the walls, and—despite analysts’ predictions—the bulk of the cash fed trade was accomplished ahead of last Friday’s Cattle on Feed report.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Lawsuits abound

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
During last week alone, the Center for Biologic Diversity (CBD)—just one of several groups that frequently employ the “sue and settle” tactic—announced six lawsuits and one legal petition against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and one lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Conditional license issued for deadly PEDv vaccine

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced they have conditionally licensed a vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). The virus has run rampant through the nation’s hog herd and spread to other countries including Canada, Mexico and Columbia.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Proposed water regulations need agriculture's voice

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It seems there is a neverending flood of proposed government activities that seek public comment. And the tide is high for proposed changes to water regulations right now, so you have the opportunity to voice your opinion and perspectives on an issue near and dear to the heart of ranching.

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