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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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Monday, May 26,2014

$16M racketeering animal rights case

HSUS, other animal rights group settle with Ringling Brothers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On May 15, a settlement between Feld Entertainment—parent company of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus—and a collection of animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), was announced. However, some of the claims made by HSUS’ announcement of the settlement raise questions.

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Monday, May 26,2014

Cutouts advance

Last minute Memorial Day demand finally appears

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week was the final week retail buyers could fill grocery store coolers with beef ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. That longawaited beef procurement finally came in the 11th hour, bringing up several portions of the cattle and beef market complex.

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Friday, May 23,2014

OR's fire protection groups empower landowners

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Congratulations are due; a new agreement between landowners and a branch of state government was born! And while some alliances between landowners and government are tenuous at best, this agreement and its predecessors are examples of true cooperation for the betterment of the land, landowner and state alike.

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Friday, May 23,2014

21st straight month of on-feed declines

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed report came with only a slight surprise; placements were down more than expected. But they were still down, and no one should be surprised by that. The report has been called bullish for the lower-than-expected placements.

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Monday, May 19,2014

Cash, live futures turn lower on disappointed May demand

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed trade was sluggish last week ahead of the release of the most recent Cattle on Feed report, but by Thursday afternoon, almost 24,000 head had been confirmed sold. Live cattle were trading $144- 147 with averages at $146.09 and $232-236 dressed, averaging $234.

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Monday, May 19,2014

Report: beef production to slip in 2015

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week’s release of the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was the first of the year to include predictions of the 2015 production rates. The upcoming year is expected to be one of decreasing beef production, but increased production of pork, chicken, corn and soybeans.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Proposed updating of National Western Stock Show

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The Mile High City of Denver, CO, is many things to many people, but for the world of western shows, it is the site of the “Super Bowl.” The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is a tradition stretching back to 1906, but speculation on venue changes is a similarly long-running tradition.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Brucellosis at home on the range

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
included a three-elk lethal control option for landowners via permit between May 1-May 15, a time considered high risk for the spread of brucellosis from elk to cattle. The plan also includes a limited and in some places temporary fencing detail aimed at keeping elk out of private cattle pastures.

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Monday, May 12,2014

Money available to Klamath irrigators

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced it will make $4.5 million available this year to assist agricultural producers seeking to make water conservation efforts. This is the first year’s allocation of $11 million, which will be made available for that purpose over the next five years.

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