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feeders_regCattle prices have had a remarkable run to the upside, with finished steers reaching the low $120s per hundredweight in early April. Now there are signs that those lofty prices will not be maintained into the spring and summer.

It is the strength of demand that has been the driver of higher cattle prices, not supply.

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Jim Glassford, AgriLabs VP of Marketing, announced the availability of the newest in AgriLabs line of cattle biological products. "MpB Guard provides producers with a safe, efficacious, two-dose vaccine that aids in the prevention of respiratory disease and the potential loss caused by Mycolpasma bovis,” he said. "Vaccinating calves at 45 days of age with a mixture of M. bovis isolates, their soluble antigens and the Life-II adjuvant system, will help protect these young, susceptible calves early in life.”

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Old crop corn prices declined sharply in the first half of March as it appeared that high prices had sufficiently slowed the rate of consumption.  However, a continued high rate of ethanol production, a resurgence of export sales, and larger livestock inventories provided evidence that consumption had not slowed.

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041511_agrilabs_fullerWilliam S. Fuller, Jr., president and CEO of Fuller Supply Company, announced at Fuller's Annual Banquet that AgriLabs, Inc. was the livestock distributor's choice as “Vendor of the Year.”

In recognition of superior service and unmatched sales support, Fuller presented the award to AgriLabs Territory Manager Dana Ankerstar (photo) and stated, "In handing you this award, it must be understood that the decision to name AgriLabs as our ‘Vendor of the Year’ was not just mine, but is an honor voted on by all Fuller Sales and Management.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are paying more for food and gas, a trend that could slow economic growth in the months ahead.

The Consumer Price Index rose 0.5 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday. That matched February's increase, the largest since the recession ended in June 2009. In the past 12 months, the index has increased 2.7 percent, the biggest rise since December 2009.

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