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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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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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