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Monday, August 18,2014

NARMS report finds hopeful trends in Salmonella, E. Coli in beef

Beef doing well on the E. coli battle

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Agriculture and humanity in general has some celebrating to do. The most recent National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) report showed that drug-resistant Salmonella was down in humans and chickens in 2011 (most recent complete data). Also, retail ground beef had one of its best years in 2011 in terms of non-resistant E. coli.

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Monday, August 18,2014

New bipartisan measure on the ballot for California water crisis

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Rainfall in parts of southern California over the last few weeks provided a small reprieve from the state’s dry spell, but overall, the moisture didn’t have much impact on the ongoing drought. New restrictions on the state’s water supplies have farmers and ranchers looking at all of their water options.

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Monday, August 18,2014

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; Aug.18

by DTN
Packer activity in cattle country was typically limited to the distribution of new showlists. The fed offering looks smaller in Texas, Nebraska and Colorado, but larger in Kansas.

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Monday, August 18,2014

DAILY FED CATTLE; Aug. 18

by WLJ
Thus far for Monday trading has been inactive on very light demand in all major feeding regions. Not enough sales for a market trend. Last week in the Texas Panhandle live sales sold at 155.00 with a very light test.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Processing plant closures on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Tyson Foods Inc. announced last week, ahead of its purchase of Hillshire Brands Co., it will close three facilities it acquired in the 2001 purchase of beef and pork processor IBP Inc. Tyson’s closures come on the heels of Cargill’s announcement to close its Milwaukee, WI, plant and L&H’s announcement to close it San Antonio, TX, plant.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Vesicular Stomatitis cases on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Both Texas and Colorado have seen a surge in Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) cases this summer, and that has local and state official watching animal movement a little closer. The numbers have surpassed 200 in both states, with primarily horses making the list, but the two states now have added cattle to the numbers of infected.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Rising corn tide floats proteins' boats

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As with July, the August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed most things up from previous estimates. Production estimates for beef, the other major competing proteins, corn, and soybeans were all up for 2014, and up for most in 2015.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Down, down they go

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade developed earlier last week than usual, though the prices left a lot to be desired from the cattle feeders’ perspective. Tuesday saw a surprising number of cattle trade in the Corn Belt at $154-155 live and $245-248 dressed. This was lower than the prior week’s cash trade, which was itself lower than the week before that.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
The “differing views” on trespass law (Western Livestock Journal, August 11, 2014, pg. 1, pg. 8) have succeeded in making a hash of a simple situation.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Black Ink

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
The homestretch is a term borrowed from horse racetracks in the 1800s to describe the final phase of any endeavor. Applying it to calves now suggests weaning is the finish line, although in the big picture we have to realize this is just one of several laps on the track of beef production.

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