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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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Monday, June 16,2014

Production estimates decline with supplies

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released last Wednesday. Though much of the grain-trading world was awaiting its release, the Crop Progress report had more interesting data than did WASDE. Projections of meat and poultry production show the effect of decreased supplies in beef, however.

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Monday, June 16,2014

Fed cattle, feeder cattle move higher

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Relative to the action in the feeder markets, describing the cash fed trade of last week as in low gear would be generous. That said, trade—once it happened—was decent. By Thursday afternoon, 18,083 head of cattle had been confirmed sold, almost all of them on Thursday, at $148 live in the Southern Plains and $233-235 dressed in the Corn Belt.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Agriculture, animal rights on the ballot

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s the thick of primary season in the political sphere, and with it comes the march of animal rights groups pushing for or against issues that might show up on states’ ballots. While there are only three confirmed ballot measures regarding agricultural interests, some of the usual suspects are starting to stir.

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Friday, May 30,2014

New conservation program announced

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A common refrain in the West is that government needs to step aside and allow local and private interests to come to a marketbased solution to environmental issues. A new conservation effort might be among the first government programs that takes such concepts to heart.

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