Export Market Downturn Raise U.S. Meat Consumption

Livestock Market Information Center — For the month of February (latest official data available), U.S. beef, pork, and broiler exports were below expectations. Compared to a year ago, in February beef export tonnage dropped 2.5%, pork by 12.7%, and broilers by 7.5%. Year-on-year, tonnage of beef and pork sold to Japan dropped of 3.1% and…

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Over the fiscal cliff for tax savings

By: Mark E. Battersby The so-called “Fiscal Cliff” tax package recently signed into law renewed more than 50 temporary tax breaks through 2013, saving individuals and businesses an estimated $76 billion. For the owners and operators of small and medium sized feedlot, stocker, and cow-calf operations and businesses there is good news and bad news…

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Millenials your next manager

By: Don Tyler Type “Millennials most entitled generation” into your browser and you will see a long list of supporting articles and commentaries, as well as a few dissenters. Millennials are the generation born between 1980 and 1997, and most employers are finding that these 20-somethings do seem to have an annoying sense of entitlement…

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Where have all the cows gone?

Beef cow numbers were down 3 percent in 2012 and 11 percent since 2007. According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, the drivers have been high feed and forage prices, persistent drought in the southern Plains, and of course the widespread midwestern drought of 2012. “The 2012 drought was the primary driver of the…

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HR Policy for New Technologies

By: Don Tyler The vast expansion of social networks and new technologies has created the need for an entirely new set of employee policies. Many of our employees spend several hours a day on networks like Facebook and Twitter, talking about their day, what they had to do at work, what they like and dislike…

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