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2016 April 22
“It’s the manure that serves as the source of bacteria for uninfected cattle,” Daly said. “Since Johne’s disease primarily affects the intestine, an infected animal sheds the bacteria (Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis) through their manure.

by WLJ
2016 April 22
Here’s a riddle: What does the Klamath Basin area, the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the African country of Zimbabwe have in common? Answer: Government reform and intentional harassment of farmers end food production, and—in Zimbabwe’s case— bring starvation.

by WLJ
2016 April 22
It seems that most of what we do in the cattle business happens in seasons. I just finished up my spring bull sale season and after traveling tens of thousands of miles from Idaho to North Dakota (and not uncommon to do so in a three-day stretch) I was able to spend some time.



2016 April 22
Losses on both CME live and feeder cattle futures early last week has made buyers extremely cautious. Last Monday saw limit down trading in the live cattle futures when the April prices fell by the CME daily limit of 3 cents to $1.28 per pound. Cattle futures also saw a downturn, falling 3 cents to $1.

2016 April 22
According to the saying, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to the issues with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) however, that might be a blessing to the West and landowners. A trio of conservationpartnership leaders pointed out that where once the ESA could be called successful, it has since become a formula of failure.

2016 April 15
The cash fed cattle market was slow last week and what had come in was mixed. By close of trade on Thursday, only 15,000 head had been confirmed sold. Though that is sufficient for a weekly trend, it is a far sight lower than the prior week’s 50,000+ head that had been confirmed sold by that time.


2016 April 15
“The first priority for reestablishing the sage-grouse has been the removal of junipers and pinyon pine trees, then reestablishing [the landscape] by coming back in and reseeding with a variety of native grasses and sagebrush for the sage-grouse, which also helps the cattle and sheep that graze on those lands with wildlife.



2016 April 15
boxed beef cutout values moved sharply higher last week to $224.43, which is signaling the start of the spring rally. Packers have also started to increase slaughter levels in preparation for the upcoming demand. This seasonal trend should allow cattle feeders to CROW.


2016 April 15
Bull docility often is mentioned as a critical talking point when bulls are bought, but it’s often simply accepted once they are unloaded at home. Never trust a bull! That is a story in itself, but the point today is the current bull inventory and the condition of the bulls.


by DTN
2016 April 15
start in more ways than one. Not only is seasonal beef demand experiencing great difficulty in locating the first rung on the ladder to Memorial Day, neither one of our major political parties seems to be making real progress in crowning a presidential nominee.
2016 April 8
Mexican beef exports have grown rapidly in recent years. Total beef exports began increasing in 2009 and have increased from about 28,000 metric tons in 2008 to over 161,000 metric tons in 2015, a nearly six-fold increase. Currently, Mexico is the 10th largest beef exporting country, exceeding Argentina for the first time in 2015.


by DTN
2016 April 8
A key definition in the tax law involves growing. An agricultural operation that’s conducting crop or animal production is classified as a farmer. Activities that only provide services to an agricultural producer aren’t farming.


by USDA
2016 April 8
As part of ongoing efforts to combat the spread of invasive and noxious weeds that threaten the health and productivity of millions of acres of public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on April 7 released the Final Programmatic...


2016 April 8
The wetland mitigation bank program is designed to provide agricultural producers with an affordable option to meet their conservation compliance responsibilities by providing a platform where wetland credits can be bought and sold with the assistance of a dedicated third party.


2016 April 8
The Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC), however, would like to see a written opinion. DBBC President Mike Britton said, “We naturally believe any mediation will be more productive if the court issues a written opinion explaining the basis for denying the motion for preliminary injunction.