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2015 December 11
Trend information on pasture conditions is valuable. Photos and transects data document the changes that have occurred in forage species, soil health, soil cover and woody over-head species over time. These changes reflect the results from your pasture management strategies.


2015 December 4
Cash cattle trade got underway early, though at disappointing prices, last week. By Thursday, over 80,000 head had been confirmed sold at $122-125 live and $189-198 dressed; these prices being at the low end of the priorweek’s range for live, and being both below and above the prior week’s range for dressed.


by USDA
2015 December 4
In 2010, the first full year of the economic recovery, urban and rural employment levels grew at comparable rates, and rural areas experienced modest growth the following year. This was followed by two years of near-zero employment change before growth resumed in early 2014.


2015 December 4
When spending money, most citizens and businesses know and keep records on how much they pay and to whom. That hasn’t been the case for almost 20 years for the government, at least in the case of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). In an attempt to remedy that situation, the U.


by WLJ
2015 December 4
The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced the launch of its new consumer website, TheMeatWeEat.com on Nov. 23. This innovative site was created to provide accurate, fact-based information from U.S. meat scientists to help consumers make informed decisions regarding the meat their families enjoy.


2015 December 4
What are the three most critical required “nutrients” for high-risk calves that have been on a truck for an extended period? Hay, water and rest. Alright, those aren’t all exactly “nutrients” per se, but they are definitely required.


2015 December 4
How old is the cow? Is her mouth sound so that she can harvest forage and be nutritionally strong enough to reproduce and raise a big calf? At what age do cows usually start to become less productive? Obviously there is no one set rule to determine when a cow is culled.


by WLJ
2015 December 4
Wright was appointed to the WBC in 2012 by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as a representative of range cattle producers and was reappointed to a second term in 2015. Wright also serves as one of Wyoming’s three directors to the Federation of State Beef Councils.


by WLJ
2015 December 4
The National Western Stock Show has named former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan the 2016 Citizen of the West, an award that recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.


2015 December 4
After last week’s disappointing futures trade I’m sure that everyone is asking where the bottom is in this cattle market. The week after Thanksgiving usually produces a rally on live cattle as packers gear up for Christmas, one of the best demand times of the year.


2015 December 4
I was talking with a California cattle feeder last week and asked him how he prices his cattle. “Off the Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico market” was his reply. Then he added that the prior week, the price was based on cash or negotiated grid sales of less than 250 head.


by WLJ
2015 December 4
With cooler weather evident, it is important to remember that what producers do and don’t do during the winter months can affect next year’s calving success, conception rates, and weaning rates. Colder weather means more energy is needed in the diet in order to maintain weight and increase a herds’ body condition score.


2015 November 30
The U.S. is the largest beef producing and consuming country and often the largest importer of beef. In the 26 years beginning in 1990, the U.S. has been the largest beef importing country 20 times. Australia and Canada are typically the top two sources of U.


by USDA
2015 November 30
U.S. net farm income—a measure of the sector’s profitability—is forecast to be $55.9 billion in 2015, down 38 percent from 2014’s estimate of $90.4 billion. If realized, the 2015 forecast for net farm income would be the lowest since 2002 (in both real and nominal terms) and a drop of 55 percent from the recent high of $123.


2015 November 30
Last week was something of a breath-catching week for the cattle markets after weeks of extensive volatility. But the holidayshortened week played some mischief with the markets as short weeks often do. Despite having a shortened kill week, packers were buying for a full production week for this week.





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