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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

Dec 27, 2015
As the year comes to a close, there are some stories and issues that stand out more than others. The year 2015 was dominated by politicking, regulations, and courtroom battles. Endangered species fights and pushback against federal agency overreach seemed to be the order of the year and will certainly set the stage for 2016.

Dec 18, 2015
The markets continued lower last week, with the cash and futures markets of both live cattle and feeders, as well as wholesale beef, heading downward. By Thursday afternoon over 61,500 head had been confirmed sold on the negotiated market of the week. Live steers traded for $114-117, down from the prior week’s $115- 119.

Nov 30, 2015
In the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had granted approval for the first genetically-modified animal for human consumption, the AquAdvantage salmon. The move was a milestone in the history of genetic modification (GM) technology, and was almost two decades in the making.

Nov 20, 2015
“Gentlemen, how many of you would be comfortable having your testicles removed without any pain mitigation?” There were some uncomfortable chuckles and crossed legs among the mostly male audience of the 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium last week in Loveland, CO.

Nov 13, 2015
“It’s not an acute thing with copper—in other words, they’re not going to ingest a bunch of copper and die, that’s not how it works—but copper accumulates in the liver. During a high stress situation, that copper is released or metabolized and that’s what causes copper toxicity.