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Tuesday, April 15,2014

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; April 15

by DTN
The cash cattle trade remained at a standstill through the day with both bids and asking prices poorly defined. Some producers priced showlists are $149-$150 in the South and $242 to $243-plus in the North.

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Tuesday, April 15,2014

DAILY FED CATTLE; April 15

by WLJ
Thus far for Tuesday negotiated cash trade was mostly inactive on light demand in all feeding regions. Last week in the Southern Plains live sales sold at 147.00.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Ranchers advocate for common sense in Washington

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“Remember, when you walk into those offices tomorrow, you’re the expert in the room when it comes to ranching and what’s happening on the ground,” said Dustin Van Liew, looking out at a crowd of cowboy hats, boots and sport coats.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Full speed ahead for EPA's spending spree

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With the weather finally turning a little more seasonal, spring cleaning seems to be on the minds of more than just homeowners. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on a roll to clean up a number of different areas, and that clean up comes with a large ticket price.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Australia, Japan announce trade agreement

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s never fun to try to organize a big party, only to learn some of the key guests are planning their own festivities on the side. For some, this can be a social “faux pas” that goes well beyond hurt feelings and ruffled feathers.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Livestock disaster aid sign-up begins

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers who lost livestock or crops in the 2012 drought or the 2013 blizzards are eligible for some relief with the 2014 farm bill Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) that are now permanent packages and include retroactive payments for eligible losses back to Oct.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Higher losses plague packers, cutout down

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Packers are bleeding out red ink again, and last week looked like the cash fed cattle market was going to wring a bit more red out of them. By close of trade Thursday afternoon, barely 5,000 head had been confirmed sold for the whole week, and then only at $150 live and average $240.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Range war controversy

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cattle producers in Nevada and Utah are somewhat torn about the controversial standoff between embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that has resulted in the federal government’s confiscation of Bundy’s livestock..

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Friday, April 11,2014

Pasture Management

Pasture walking for solutions

by Wayne Burleson
You would think that I know a lot about how to measure grassland health, but I’m still learning. I attribute this to Allan Savory (the founder of holistic management). Allan is one of those rare individuals who challenges your thinking, and about the time that you think you have it all figured out, you find out you don’t.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Legally Speaking

Tax treatment of casualty losses

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Last fall a freak early snowstorm killed thousands of livestock and horses in South Dakota. Ranchers suffered a tremendous monetary loss of prized livestock and horses. More recently in Kentucky, eight horses were killed in a fire, four of which were yearlings slated for the Keeneland September sale.

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