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by WLJ
2017 July 28
Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) based in Tokyo, Japan announced July 20 that it will acquire Kansasbased Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC (Creekstone) from private equity firm Sun Capital Partners. Creekstone supplies many of the U.S.
2017 July 28
Major agribusinesses have gone from being among the highest-returning investments for shareholders prior to 2012 to being among the lowest returners from 2012 to 2016 due to the downturn in the ag economy, according to a survey of 40 global agriculture companies released this month.
by WLJ
2017 July 28
Six families were honored with regional Environmental Stewardship awards during the 2017 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting July 13. The Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) recognizes the nation’s best cattle and livestock operations and their stewardship and conservation efforts.
2017 July 28
Forage rapeseed (canola) has a nutrient content that’s similar to alfalfa, with crude protein of 12-14 percent and total digestible nutrients (energy) of 55-60 percent. Crude protein and energy levels will be higher if the crop is cut in the early podded stage rather than after the lower leaves begin to drop.
2017 July 28
“As drought conditions deepen in South Dakota and the surrounding region, the likelihood of corn making a harvestable grain crop in some areas is so low that the best option is to take an early forage harvest,” he said. “However, we need to make certain that we aren’t just trading one problem for.
by WLJ
2017 July 28
By now you’ve probably seen that there’s a determined effort by activist organizations to undermine the beef industry.
by WLJ
2017 July 28
I’ve been the CEO of this largest producer-only cattle association for the past 17 years and we are as independent as they come. R-CALF USA has not made any alliance, nor is it aligned, with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
2017 July 28
“The on feed report showed much larger than expected placements at 116 percent and this will have the futures market sharply lower this morning and packers will use this to get cattle bought cheaper throughout the week,” predicted Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage.


2017 July 28
In what is seen by some as a move to give the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) more flexibility to manage wild horse populations, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that would allow humane euthanasia of wild horses and burros.


2017 July 28
Jim Unsworth, director of WD- FW, said the action is consistent with Washington’s Wolf Management Plan of 2011, which was revised in June 2017. The wolf management policy says that wolves can be removed if they prey on livestock three times in a 30-day period or four times in a 10-month period, according to Jim Martorello, WDFW’s lead wolf manager.


by WLJ
2017 July 28
Beginning in the 1980s, farmers and ranchers became increasingly concerned as more and more people began relocating to rural areas outside of cities and towns, subdividing lands, and reducing available farmland. These new rural residences began to issue nuisance lawsuits against their long-standing rural neighbors.
2017 July 21
U.S. beef exports have varied in the quantity of exports and the mix of countries receiving U.S. beef over many years. The latest trade data for May shows total beef exports up 6.8 percent compared to one year ago with January through May total beef exports up 17.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
Last Monday saw the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) release the goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As with previous installments of the NAFTA renegotiation effort, agriculture and its interests received top billing.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
On July 18, the USDA announced that an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in an 11-year-old cow in Alabama. The animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the U.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
There are positive findings from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) released in mid-July. Among those are data showing a significant increase in Choice and Prime carcasses, a high mobility score for cattle entering packing plants, and the...
by USDA
2017 July 21
Many Americans spend more of their time outdoors during the summer months, and some of that outdoor time is spent attending barbecues or grilling their meals at home. Beef is a popular grilling option for many, but not all grades of beef are equally suitable.
2017 July 21
The potential big market news last week was the Tuesday discovery of the U.S.’ fifth case of BSE. It barely made a ripple in the futures market. Jitters over what the Cattle on Feed and Cattle inventory reports might turn up were far more palpable, however.


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