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Friday, July 11,2014

Fish and Wildlife Service redefining the ESA one phrase at a time

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Following last week’s coverage of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) redefining a key phrase in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) [“New interpretation of ESA phrase ruffles feathers,” pg. 7], it came to light that there were several other related areas being tweaked in the ESA, as well.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Fed cattle go higher in short week trade

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed trade developed early last week in a start and stop sort of fashion. About 1,500 head were confirmed sold on Monday at $152- 153 live in Kansas, then by Wednesday afternoon, over 3,500 head were sold in addition at prices ranging from $155-158 live and $245-246 dressed.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Ground beef under greater scrutiny for Salmonella

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the original May documents on the increased inspection, as well as FSIS instructions for inspectors released mid-June, the data collected from the salmonella surveillance will “allow FSIS to gather baseline data to determine the...

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Thursday, July 3,2014

New interpretation of ESA phrase ruffles feathers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
At the end of June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a final notice of interpretation regarding the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The interpretation is the result of a process that began back in 2011, and in its own words, it will be the final ruling on the matter and “legally binding.

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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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