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The USDA report for cattle on feed in July shows another drop in cattle on feed, down 3 percent over July 2012, while feedlot placements dropped 5 percent June from the year previous.

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071913 cooper 1The horse slaughter debate has increased from a slow lope to a steady gallop recently. As Iowa and New Mexico have made first steps to open new slaughter facilities, more states are starting to consider the same market possibilities.

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Dry-aged beef. The term evokes a variety of responses -- for me they're the palatable kind. But how many of us have actually seen the process up close?

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Amended Country of Origin Labeling, or COOL, laws are still creating a wave among U.S. commodity producers, especially those who raise and export beef. The issue appears to be headed toward more litigation, and more rounds of trade negotiation. The question is if the powers in Washington are paying attention.

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Ranchers in Tornado Alley aren't the only ones who were hit this year by extreme weather in their herds.

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This month's Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) puts the heavy slaughter rates for beef cattle in perspective. Feedlots are placing heavier feeder cattle as a way to spark more beef production as the summer continues, which USDA says could lower fed cattle prices.

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