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Friday, December 27,2013

USDA makes waves with new Brazilian beef proposal

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The proposal would allow the importation of uncooked beef from certain—previously banned—Brazilian states: Bahia, Distrito Federal, Espirito Santo, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grossodo Sul, Minas Gerais, Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Rondonia, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, and Tocantins.

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Monday, December 23,2013

Lower prices for fed cattle on short production weeks

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Packers were reluctant to pay much for fed cattle last week ahead of projections of decidedly short production weeks. With estimates for this week’s production rates ranging widely between 435,000- 480,000 head, and predictions for next week’s standing at 505,000- 545,000 head, packers felt no pressure to collect cattle around them.

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Monday, December 23,2013

Skirmish settled in horse slaughter war

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Friday the 13th proved to be an unlucky day for a collection of groups trying to prevent U.S. horse processing from starting up again after an over six year de facto ban. The 10th U.S.

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Monday, December 16,2013

Beef production, export estimates up

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released with little fanfare last Tuesday. Though there were some exciting production estimate moves for beef, industry eyes were on corn and soybeans, which held few surprises.

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Monday, December 16,2013

Prices, volumes decline in live futures

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Trade was again shrugged off until Friday last week as only 2,844 cash fed cattle sales had taken place by Thursday afternoon. Analysts had predicted this was likely and expected a steady-at-best market relative to the prior week’s $132 live and $208-210 dressed market.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Troubled SD Northern Beef Packers plant sold

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Thursday, Dec. 5 saw the auctioning of the long-beleaguered Aberdeen, SD, Northern Beef Packers plant. Two groups participated in the auction—Wisconsin-based American Foods Group and California-based investment banking firm White Oak Global Advisors—and it was not the food-related participant that claimed the prize.

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Monday, December 9,2013

Tentative agreement in play on Upper Klamath Basin water war

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“This is really definitely a landmark step,” said Don Gentry, Chairman of the Klamath Tribes which has been a major player in the negotiations. “This is really positive but we have a lot of work to do as we move forward to negotiating a final agreement.

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Monday, December 9,2013

Where are cash prices going?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Trade was slow to develop last week ahead and then during the sudden, intense cold weather that gripped most of cattle country. Light purchasing trickled in throughout the week, but by Thursday afternoon the bulk of the week’s trade took place at $132 live and $208-210 dressed, roughly steady with the prior week.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Fat worth chewing: nutritional profiles of beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The review—full title, “Impact of grass/forage feeding versus grain finishing on beef nutrients and sensory quality: The U.S. experience”—found that the greater healthfulness of one type of beef or the other depends on how you slice it, metaphorically speaking.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Surviving social storms takes transparency, trust

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Ranchers are continually forced to wear many hats these days. Added to the good old cowboy hat are about a dozen others.

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