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Although Mexico is still the No. 1 destination for U.S. beef exports, it is the only major market trailing last year's results, according to the U.S Meat Export Federation (USMEF), a contractor of the beef checkoff.

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A record turnout of 630 registered participants soaked in the late summer scenery of southern Montana at the National Angus Conference and Tour, held in Bozeman, Montana, Sept. 15 to 17.

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corn_regularAs expected, September brought bearish pressure on feeder cattle markets with increased supplies of spring-born calves, but this year the arrival of fall was grizzlier than normal with corn prices surging. Early corn harvest yields and silage tonnage have been disappointing and fears that this year’s crop may fall well short of expectations had already surfaced before the USDA began significantly lowering their estimates on the Supply and Demand report issued Sept. 10.

 

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Beef producers have reason to brush up on their global geography – notably in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, if the past eight months are any indicator. A brave new world is expanding for beef exports, according to John Brook, the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s regional director for Russia, Europe and the Middle East.

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This year's 4-H grand champion steer at the Iowa State Fair looked a lot like the 2008 winner.


That's no surprise — it's a clone.


"Doc" is the first cloned animal to win a 4-H livestock blue ribbon at the fair.



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