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by WLJ
2009 August 14
Cash trade was very quiet at midday last Thursday with just a handful of dressed cattle trading through the first half of the week in the north at mostly steady money. There were bids of $
by WLJ
2009 August 14
USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updated their mid-season crop forecasts last week, adding to the expected corn crop and shaving a little production off of the soybean crop. The overall tenor of the report was bearish for corn ...
by WLJ
2009 August 14
It is no secret that the state of California has been in dire straights this year as the recession has worsened. While small, but significant, cuts to the states budget have been felt all year through across-the-board budget cuts and the closing of state offices three days a month, perhaps the most severe blow came July 28 as Gov.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
Mexican officials have suggested that beef from Greeley, CO-based JBS-Swift be banned after the discovery of E. coli O157:H7 in June. The discovery led to the recall of 380,000 pounds of ground beef derived from beef processed at the plant.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) judges R. David Terrell, Gene Ray Stewart, Curt Summers and Dennis Brown had the challenge of sorting out the best of the best ranch horses at the ARHA World Show in Murfreesboro, TN. ARHA members came from 22 states to compete for top honors in this fast-growing western-performance discipline.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
The Cal Poly Bull Test in San Luis Obispo, CA, has just completed their 78-day weight period on Aug. 8, 2009. The top three bulls for each division are as follows (Ranch, Location, Test ID, Sire, Test Index and Average Daily Gain): Low Birth Angus: Yolo Land and Cattle, Woodland, CA, Test ID: 55, Sire: S A V Final Answer 0035
by WLJ
2009 August 14
The arrival of ethanol produced from cellulosic feedstock sources has almost been a standing joke within the ethanol industry. Each year, it has always been four to five years down the road before commercial production would become viable. That has changed because the four to five years is now.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
Texas animal health officials have cast another wide net in the battle to eradicate cattle fever ticks in south Texas. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has temporarily quarantined 152,716 acres in Starr and Hidalgo counties. In nearby Zapata County, fivemile quarantine perimeters are being drawn around fever-tick infested pastures.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
Frederick A. Phillips II, 88, a lifelong resident of Baker City, OR, died July 17, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Fred was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Baker City, OR, to Wayne Everett Sr. and Ara Vatel (Chisum) Phillips. Fred grew up on the cattle ranch his grandfather acquired in 1905, where he remained most of his life, and attended Baker High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and the University of Oregon.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
What began as a pilot project for the U.S. Border Patrols Spokane, WA, Sector to use wild horses to patrol Americas borders is quickly becoming common practice for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in an initiative dubbed Project Noble Mustang.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
The 2009 national convention of the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) is headed north on Sept. 16-19 to the Shooting Star Casino and Event Center in Mahnomen, MN. Red Angus producers from across the nation and Canada will convene to handle association business, learn about advancements in the breed, and socialize with other Red Angus breeders.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
A session on how the cattle industry is addressing challenges from animal rights groups will highlight the program Aug. 25 during a field day hosted by Stroberg Land Cattle at the Jon Mollhagen familys Reno Ranch near Hutchinson, KS. The host operation, owned by the David Stroberg family,.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
Producers aiming for high-quality beef, take note: starch is a key at every step in the life of cattle. A recent study from the University of Illinois shows the level of starch in both growing and finishing diets can affect overall performance and final carcass merit.
by WLJ
2009 August 14
This year, Nebraska producers have had very good rain and cool temperatures so grasses are maturing a little more slowly than usual, said a University of NebraskaLincoln (UNL) specialist. Thats good for grazing livestock.
2009 August 14
The Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is all of a sudden getting reacquainted with the cattle industry and has been very aggressive checking up on auction markets and cattle dealers. For many years, you could go on their Web.
2009 August 14
If you make a living on a ranch, thats a success. Just living on a ranch is a success. Heck, just taking one more breath can be a victory. Everybody is a winner, at least in some small way.
2009 August 14
Four things beef producers might want to think about are food safety, seamless regionalized calf-tofeedlot health connectivity, implementation of improved RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, and value capture for the producer. Realized or not, these four points have a significant impact on the beef industry.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Light fed cattle trade was underway in parts of the Corn Belt where cattle were selling at $128-129 dressed last Thursday on light volume. Feedlots in Nebraska moved cattle at $129-130 while 1,000 head were sold in Kansas and Texas on Wednesday at $81 live.


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