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Nov 18, 2016
All financial markets seem to like President-elect Donald Trump. Stock markets found new highs and the cattle markets also found stronger prices. It’s pretty clear that most folks think Trump w
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Nov 11, 2016
Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license. Use does not suggest endorsement. Original image was
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Nov 4, 2016
This week the elections will be over and we’ll have a new President of the United States, and life will go on. These past few weeks have been full of so much electoral static and noise that my h
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Oct 21, 2016
Pete CrowWe all know that markets change as we have experienced over the past three years. We’ve seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, in relative terms. Watching any market break 40 per
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Oct 14, 2016
Retail ground beef showing COOL-style origin labeling.Rae PriceI’m not a big fan of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); first, it was a bad law and created a lot of inventory management c
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Oct 7, 2016
Pete CrowWhen October live cattle futures fell below $100 a week ago Monday, it seemed that my heart missed a few beats. I’m sure everyone on the production side of this industry may have felt p
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Sep 30, 2016
Pete CrowThe subject of estate tax comes around with every presidential election. There seems to be an effort by the Treasury Department to adjust the tax code again, and they are hoping they can get
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Sep 16, 2016
A feral foal tries to suckle an emaciated mare on an overpopulated Nevada HMAPhoto by Nevada BLMIt appears that the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has had enough of
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Sep 9, 2016
Analysts say that Labor Day beef sales were good, but the Choice beef cutout fell to a new low of $189.14. Therefore packers are trying to buy cattle cheaper and subsequently cattle feeders are tr
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Sep 2, 2016
Pete CrowWhat just happened? The cattle markets seem to have fallen out of bed last week. Cattle feeders were aggressive sellers and started trading fed cattle on Monday; they didn’t even put up
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Aug 26, 2016
Pete CrowThis point in time during any general election cycle is frustrating. Congress is out on summer break with members all campaigning very hard, especially in the House. They will come back t
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Aug 19, 2016
The nonprofit Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) produced an interesting report about the growing wildfire threat last week. They asked the question, “Did larger fires lead to larger wildfire budgets, or larger wildfire budgets lead to larger fires and greater suppression expenditures?”

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Aug 12, 2016
Pete CrowFeeder cattle markets were brisk last week with Superior Livestock’s Winnemucca sale supporting higher prices and Western Video Market’s Cheyenne sale doing the same. Calf and yearlin
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Aug 5, 2016
Pete CrowThe USDA is at it again, playing politics with agriculture. USDA announced last week that the U.S. would start accepting fresh/frozen beef from Brazil. USDA’s press release was somewhat mis
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Jul 29, 2016
Pete CrowIt’s feeling like the market is trying to find the summer low. We did have an encouraging week last week. The Cattle on Feed report showed that only 3 percent more cattle were placed on
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Jul 22, 2016
Pete CrowThe beef checkoff is under fire—again—but this time it’s from a different angle. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) floated a bill out in committee—“The Commodity Checkoff
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Jul 15, 2016
The next six weeks are critical to the cattle markets, which is nothing new to most who watch the seasonal trends of these markets. The big video sales started in earnest this last week and the basis
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Jul 8, 2016
I have to apologize again, but it’s too insulting to let go. Here we have the greatest nation on earth and the political class has pulled another fast one on us. It’s become blazingly clear that f
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Jul 1, 2016
Pete CrowBoth the House and Senate subcommittees on natural resources have been holding a lot of hearings the past few weeks and the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM


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