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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

Markets
Jul 5, 2013
Last week’s short trade week saw surprisingly sluggish buying behavior from packers. Because of the July 4 holiday, markets—cash and futures alike—closed early on Wednesday and were closed Thursday, leaving only Monday through Wednesday and some of Friday for trading cattle.
News
Jun 24, 2013
Western ranchers are no stranger to fire. The recent years-long drought in many states has made that an even closer relationship as massive wildfires devastate parched rangelands. But in Idaho, more and more ranchers are turning in their cowboy hats for firefighters’ helmets as this year’s fire season starts up.
News
Jun 14, 2013
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced a proposed labeling requirement for beef products. Addressing the recent concern over the increased potential for foodborne illness in “mechanically-tenderized” beef, FSIS’ proposal would require all such products to be clearly labeled and come with safe cooking instructions.
News
Jun 10, 2013
In addition to targeting certain groups for greater scrutiny, some have speculated the IRS was shielding other groups from investigation. In this case, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its questionable level of political involvement given its tax-exempt status seem to reside in the IRS’ blind spot.
News
Jun 7, 2013
The most obvious benefit of course is the added forage availability. Cattle that will only eat grasses are at a disadvantage compared to those which will also eat thistles, sages, knapweed and others. And if cattle can and will eat weeds, that removes the need to spray for or otherwise destroy them, which represents both time and money.
Markets
Jun 3, 2013
The cash markets were sluggish as packers are trying to hold onto their positive profit margins as cutout values have begun to move lower. By midweek, the asking prices were $126-128 live and $202-204 dressed, but packers were only bidding $122 live in the South Plains and $197 in Nebraska by Thursday morning.
Markets
May 27, 2013
Cash trade on live cattle kept analysts guessing throughout the week. At first, expectations were for a midweek startup, then after the futures’ bust on Wednesday, analysts were calling for a lateweek trade. All the while, the cash market failed to show the repeatedly record-setting cutout values.


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