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2017 June 9
While cash fed cattle and feeder cattle, and wholesale beef overwhelmingly continued their upward motion, futures stalled out last Tuesday with limitdown losses in feeder contracts. However, strong beef demand and good fundamentals in the cattle and beef complexes seem to be keeping things up.


by WLJ
2017 June 9
The brucellosis eradication program that began in the 1930s was wildly successful. On the human front, it took a zoonotic disease that infected roughly 6,000 people annually in the 1940s down to roughly 160 cases annually today, with nearly all of those infections being contracted abroad.


2017 June 9
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on May 30, claims the brand law is unconstitutional and puts an unreasonable burden on commerce. It also seeks injunctive relief prohibiting the future enforcement of the Brand Act as well as other appropriate relief, includ ing.
2017 June 9
We left Cody and meandered through the Shoshone National Forest and up into Yellowstone National Park, hearing stories of wildlife and wayward 19th century tourists told by our local guides. Anecdotes of the ebb and flow of the ungulate populations with the influx of the wolf and population growth of the grizzly bear were ecology lessons in disguise.


2017 June 2
President Donald Trump campaigned on promises of reviewing and renegotiating U.S. trade agreements with other countries. On May 18 he started to make good on that promise as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the president’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

2017 June 2
Last week, the over six-decadeold tradition of the WLJ Tour was alive and well. Over 120 ranchers and WLJ readers joined us for the 2017 Big Horn Ranch Tour in Wyoming to check out a series of large, progressive ranches. All the ranches were different and as unique as the country they ran in, but all had one thing in common; they were big.



2017 June 2
The markets were surprisingly strong last week following the crash seen the prior Friday. Cash was up and the futures market saw limit-up trade late in the week. It went from being a relatively uneventful short Memorial Day week to a very exciting market.



by WLJ
2017 June 2
The U.S. Senate recently approved legislation (H.R. 1238) to address the threat of agro-terrorism and ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply. The bill, introduced by Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Rep.

2017 June 2
Only one to two months ago the spring calving cows were calving, the temperatures were colder and the calving pastures were covered with muck and manure. 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 bonechilling cold and not enough sleep.

2017 June 2
I had the pleasure of joining my state cattlemen’s association for their mid-year meeting this past week in Montana. These meetings provide an invaluable opportunity to find out the latest issues pressing to your industry, network with other ranchers, share ideas/.

2017 June 2
In my 30 years of covering the U.S. cattle and beef markets, I’ve seen numerous ups and downs that sometimes defied logic. Notwithstanding claims about everything from packer power to a deviant futures market, my observation is that it’s invariably all about supply and demand.

2017 May 26
Last Tuesday saw Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-1) introduce H.R. 2603. The bill seeks to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) “to provide that nonnative species in the United States” are not protected by the ESA. As of press, Gohmert’s office did not have full text of the bill available.



by WLJ
2017 May 26
A constant drum beat in ag today is the call for ranchers to get involved. “Tell your story!” you’re told. But it can get overwhelming, particularly given the sheer volume of places and ways you can do that, not to mention the needs of running your operation.
2017 May 26
Though mid-week cash prices fell to $129-133 live following the Fed Cattle Exchange, by Thursday, live prices increased slightly to $130-136. Dressed prices on Thursday were $206-210. Despite this minor intra-week recovery in the cash prices, they were generally steady with the prior week’s trade and down from recent week’s.



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