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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

Markets
May 20, 2016
The cash fed cattle market disappointed last week. While beef prices were moving up counter-intuitively with increased beef production, cash cattle prices declined. Compared to the prior week’s $131-135 live and $205-210 dressed, by Thursday afternoon last week over 37,000 head had been confirmed sold at $129-133 live and $202-206 dressed.


News
May 20, 2016
Last Monday saw comments close on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’) proposed rule change on brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis (TB) management programs. While the proposed rule changes are in part to improve flexibility and state control, cattle industry groups are concerned about some of the shifts being made.


Markets
May 6, 2016
There’s always a silver lining. When it comes to markets, the hopeful element comes from the fact that down markets have the ability to go up. Market analysts last week were cautiously optimistic that the cattle and beef markets either have or were in the process of setting a market low for the season.


News
May 6, 2016
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a three-year conservation strategy for the lesser prairie-chicken at the end of April. Noting that the bird’s habitat is located almost exclusively on privately-held lands, the emphasis on partnering with landowners in ways that are mutually beneficial was strong.


News
Apr 22, 2016
According to the saying, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to the issues with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) however, that might be a blessing to the West and landowners. A trio of conservationpartnership leaders pointed out that where once the ESA could be called successful, it has since become a formula of failure.

News
Apr 15, 2016
“The first priority for reestablishing the sage-grouse has been the removal of junipers and pinyon pine trees, then reestablishing [the landscape] by coming back in and reseeding with a variety of native grasses and sagebrush for the sage-grouse, which also helps the cattle and sheep that graze on those lands with wildlife.



News
Apr 1, 2016
Last Wednesday, Superior Livestock Auction held a mock auction to test out a new online fed cattle auction. This was the latest effort in a growing string of industry attempts to reinvigorate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. Participants and observers were quite hopeful about the venture’s future.


Markets
Mar 25, 2016
What the market gives it also takes away. Last week saw all sectors of the cattle and beef markets fall. In most cases the losses from last week returned all of the gains made the week before. In the cash fed cattle market, over 22,000 head had been confirmed sold by Thursday afternoon.



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