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by WLJ
2015 May 22
Short phrases sometimes say a mouthful. For example: beef checkoff. Those two simple words amount to a return of $11.20 worth for every dollar that beef producers and importers invest! That’s not just a mouthful, that’s a fistful, and something worth shouting about.


by WLJ
2015 May 22
I grew up working on large cattle ranches in Lewistown, MT. As a financial advisor for over 25 years, I’ve spent much of my time working with agricultural families. In my experience, farmers and ranchers are hard-working, industrious, self-reliant and frugal individuals.


2015 May 15
Only one to two months ago, the spring-calving cows were calving, the temperature was cold and some of the calving pastures were muddy. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow/ calf operators how “calving” is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting bone-chilling cold and not enough sleep.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
If you are considering selling a farm or ranch, there are important tax and financial planning issues of which you need to be aware. Engaging in planning prior to a sale is critical for identifying these issues and for implementing strategies to effectively address them.


2015 May 15
Retail beef demand is teasing the market with thoughts that it might be improving. The futures— both live and feeder—responded in kind with rising cutout values. And if the minimal cash fed trade that developed by Thursday afternoon was any indication, so too did the cash market.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
Production estimates for this year were increased 58 million pounds to 24.34 billion pounds, mostly on increased carcass weights. This plus trade changes upped the estimates for per capita availability of beef by a half-pound to 54.6 pounds per person.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
The U.S. House of Representatives on May 13 passed HR 1732, the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act” by a vote of 261-155 to withdraw the proposed “Waters of the U. S.” (WOTUS) rule.


2015 May 15
The discussion on antibiotic use in food animals has been going on for many years. Beef producers have been following and joining the discussion in efforts to continue producing safe meat products and to ease concerns of consumers and government leaders.


by DTN
2015 May 15
Dave Ollila, a field sheep specialist for South Dakota State University Extension at the Rapid City Regional Center, said those who commingle cattle and small ruminants could see several benefits. The obvious plus would be that adding another enterprise to the operation creates more income, he said.


2015 May 15
[Editor’s note: This story reports on the same report discussed in last week’s story “Study: Country-of-Origin labels provide no industry benefit.” However, this story focuses more on the economic details rather than political situation behind MCOOL.].


by WLJ
2015 May 15
Mexico is the second largest importer of U.S. beef and beef variety meats in volume (216,386 metric tons) and third largest by value ($925 million), according to the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Mexico is also one of our largest trading partners, as more than $1.


2015 May 15
“With the dry conditions this spring, forage production will be lower than average,” Rangeland Management Specialist Kevin Sedivec cautions. “Early spring grazing, especially under dry conditions, can be costly in terms of total forage production during the entire grazing season.


2015 May 15
Congress pushed back at the Environmental Protection Agency last week with legislation that would force them to back off their proposed rule redefining the Waters of the U.S., also known as WOTUS. The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act passed the House last.


2015 May 15
Earlier this year I sat in on a presentation given by a “grill master,” who personally owns and uses 36 different grills. Trust me when I say he’s a professional. He said there are four keys to the perfect steak: good equipment; good meat; good seasoning; and good instructions.


by WLJ
2015 May 15
Animal welfare has grown from providing adequate food, water and shelter to also managing pain control before, during and after procedures and aging changes. Managing pain control during common procedures such as dehorning, branding, and castration, as well as treating chronic lameness and acute injuries, are rapidly becoming more prevalent.




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