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Monday, September 29,2014

Game change: industry appeals Battle Mountain decision

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The livestock industry has officially dug in with an appeal of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) policy for drought response in Nevada—and has shed light on some troubling application of federal law by the agency. While the decision industry is appealing currently affects only a handful of ranching families in northern Nevada, the BLM’s conduct has industry leaders worried about the larger implications for producers west-wide.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Governor acts as judge puts WY wolves back on protection list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., sent a clear message to the state of Wyoming reiterating who’s really in charge of species protection. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson put Wyoming wolves back under federal protection, despite Wyoming’s recent wolf management plan that declared wolves unprotected. Berman’s ruling sided with national environmental groups that had argued Wyoming’s management plan afforded insufficient protection for what they still consider an endangered species.

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Monday, September 29,2014

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; Sept. 29

by DTN
Activity in cattle feeding country was limited to the distribution of new showlists. The offering of ready steers and heifers appears to be generally larger with only Texas showing more cattle. Preliminary asking prices are around $161-$162 in the South and $250 to $252-plus in the North.

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Monday, September 29,2014

DAILY FED CATTLE; Sept. 29

by WLJ
So far for Monday negotiated cash trading has been at a standstill in the 5 Area feeding region. Last week in Nebraska live sales sold from 157.00-159.00 and dressed sales sold from 245.00-245.00.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Generosity leaves lasting impression on ag

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the infamous October 2013 blizzard named Atlas, producers in the area are tuned into weather reports, praying there won’t be a repeat performance.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Cattle on Feed report neutral to bearish

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week saw the release of two monthly reports relating to meat markets; the Cattle on Feed report and the Cold Storage report.

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Monday, September 29,2014

White house action on antibiotic resistance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Barack Obama’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued their report, at the request of the president, on combating antibiotic resistance. On Sept. 18, he issued an executive order to implement recommendations from PCAST and create a task force and presidential advisory council to combat antibiotic resistance.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Beef demand not as strong as expected

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Everything was slow or a bit low last week. Next to no cash trade had occurred by Thursday—3,380 head were confirmed sold for the week at that point at $153 live and $242 dressed—and the cutout was sharply lower as packers struggled with negative margins and slack demand.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Feeders looking for lofty breakevens

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Placements have been lower over the past six months and at lighter weights up until the August report that said heavy weight placements that were over 800 lbs. were much higher during August. Most areas had great summer grazing, producing heavier cattle, which may defer some for cattle going into the feedlot.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Black Ink

Surprise!

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Those first calves graded 20 percent Choice, and motivated him to continue feeding cattle for the next two decades. It also spurred the rancher to adopt an AI plan to infuse the best genetics more quickly. Today he sells loads above 90 percent Choice, with more than half of those reaching the upper two-thirds of that grade.

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