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Friday, November 14,2014

Checkoff-funded beef innovation targets the Millennial market

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
One industry detail you’ve likely seen bandied about since summer is the return on investment numbers for the Beef Checkoff Program. For every dollar invested in the checkoff, the program has reportedly returned about $11.20 to the beef industry.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Not your everyday probiotics

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
You may have heard about the benefits of probiotics in health food stores or from your doctor. But the microorganisms that colonize the human gut aren’t the only ones that need some love. Cattle and their colonies of gut microbes also benefit from special attention.

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Monday, November 10,2014

Want to feed cattle? Feed the bugs first

Cattle digestion depends upon microbes

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
When you see a cow out on the range with her nose to the ground, or a steer with his head buried in a feedyard bunk, what do you see? If “bovine-shaped microbe homestead” or “four-legged fermentor vat” isn’t among your mental list, you should add them.

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Monday, November 10,2014

Reduced production not saving packers

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Activity in the cattle and beef markets was slow last week as the nation turned its attention to the elections and the strength in the outside markets. Live and feeder cattle futures were quietly mixed as more attention-grabbing markets—the Dow and the S&P 500— set record highs.

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Friday, November 7,2014

WOTUS comments due November 14

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
This is the final week to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) re-definition. Assuming the deadline isn’t extended again, comments are due Friday, Nov.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Demand for U.S. beef abroad is strong despite high prices

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Meat Export Federation (USMEF) hosted a press conference with representatives and leaders from various regions worldwide. Topics included what has gone on so far this year in U.S. meat trade, where it has seen success, where it still faces challenges, and where there are some opportunities.

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Monday, November 3,2014

Conservation with a cooperative twist

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
When an environmental group gives a talk about the destruction of an ecosystem, the usual narrative paints figurative horns on grazing livestock. It is less common—and more than a little refreshing—when grazing livestock and ranchers instead get the proverbial halo of the potential hero.

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Monday, November 3,2014

Cutouts finally climb, leave margins behind

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
By close of trade Thursday, slightly more than 9,000 head had been confirmed sold. Average live prices for steers were $167.50 and $263 dressed. Though light for a total-week sale, that likely set the tone for whatever cleanup trade that happened Friday.

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Friday, October 31,2014

Cattle on Feed called neutral; 26 months of declines

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The most recent Cattle on Feed report, released Friday, Oct. 24, was called roundly neutral for its lack of divergence from the past year, and for falling in line with prereport estimates. There was one additional slaughter day in September 2014 compared to 2013.

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Monday, October 27,2014

What happens if cattle disappear?

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“Cattle-free in ’93!” Despite over two decades of failure, this mantra still highlights the reality that there are people who want to remove cattle (and sheep and other domestic livestock) from the public range.

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