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2009 December 24
Despite blizzards and snarled air traffic nationwide, a diverse crowd of cattle producers, range scientists and government agency employees from across the country turned out to attend last week’s Fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel in Sparks, NV.
by WLJ
2009 December 24
Cattle on feed numbers for Dec. 1 dropped 1 percent from the same date last year, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The agency reported 11.3 million head were on feed in yards with capacity greater than 1,000 head at the start of the month
by WLJ
2009 December 24
National Beef Inc. said that it would indefinitely postpone its initial public offering (IPO) of stock last week as a result of the soft market environment in New York. Today, National Beef postponed its planned initial public offering due to current weakness in the IPO market, a spokesman said after the announcement.
by WLJ
2009 December 24
Topics will include feeding programs; feeds and animal requirements; optimizing nutrient use; carcass quality; facility management; diseases, treatments and health programs; feed delivery; bunk reading; waste and nutrient management; ration...
by DTN
2009 December 24
If landowners plant trees to the extent the model suggests, this would be disruptive to agriculture in some regions of the country, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. I dont believe the results ... are necessarily an accurate depiction of the impacts of climate legislation.
by WLJ
2009 December 24
Even at this time of year when American farm families are typically looking forward to planning for the new year, some are struggling. A spouse may have lost an off-farm job, a family member may not fully know his place in an operation, and others have been hit by low prices for what they produce.
by WLJ
2009 December 24
Recently, Kobe Beef America (KBA) proudly announced that R.L. Freeborn, president and founder, was awarded the American Wagyu Association 2009 Producer of the Year Award. Freeborn pioneered the development of Wagyu cattle in the U.S., taking the famous animal typically used for Japanese delicacies and creating an American-style Kobe beef.
by WLJ
2009 December 24
USCA Executive Vice President Jess Peterson presented the keynote address at the Women Involved in Farm Economics 33rd annual convention in Syracuse, NY, on Nov. 12 and on Nov. 14, Peterson joined USCA Director Danni Beer at the Independent Beef Association of North Dakotas annual meeting in Bismarck, ND.
by WLJ
2009 December 24
Land management and conservation agencies have traditionally performed rangeland management activities based predominately on technical information resulting from scientific research. However, rancher experience and knowledge is an untapped resource that could help broaden the scope of these activities and lead to more sustainable land management.
2009 December 24
We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to an even better New Year. During 2009, the cattle industry faced many challenges. We had fed cattle prices that didn’t support a profitable feeding sector and they experienced perhaps their worst year on record. Forecasters are calling for a better 2010 for cattle feeders which will
2009 December 24
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been cracking down on individuals and small businesses including farmers, ranchers and horse ownerswith increased tax audits and aggressive tactics to collect taxes. The tactics include an increased volume of audits, and more bank levies and liens on real property.
2009 December 24
As we age, we gain wisdom through life experiences. Although these experiences may be very difficult at times, we generally emerge with more insight and understanding as we follow the many trails we take in life.
by WLJ
2009 December 18
Fed cattle trade developed $1-2 higher on limited trade early last week with cattle feeders in Kansas selling at $80-81 live basis. Feedlots in the Corn Belt sold dressed cattle at $126 in Iowa and in a range of $126-128 in Nebraska, weaker than
by WLJ
2009 December 18
Each year, the Montana Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) honors an individual who has positively impacted the growth of MQHA and the promotion of the American Quarter horse. The award is determined under the direction of the Board of Directors. MQHA is an affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).
by WLJ
2009 December 18
A California judge recently issued a tentative ruling that invalidated the 2003 Colorado River Water Pact (CRWP), the agreement which governs how water from the river is divided among users in the seven states of the watershed. Under the agreement, California agreed to
by WLJ
2009 December 18
The 2010 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is preparing for its 104th year. This year’s show will run Jan. 9-24, 2010, at the historic Denver Stockyards. There is an array of activities that will appeal to the whole family at the 2010 NWSS. The livestock on display will provide
by WLJ
2009 December 18
In order to become a more nimble organization which will be better able to respond to changes and challenges in the beef industry, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has spent the past two years evaluating its options for a major
by WLJ
2009 December 18
Pork exports increased in October with total shipments of 164,092 metric tons representing the secondlargest monthly volume this year and pork muscle cut exports reaching their highest volume of 2009 at 128,392 metric tons.


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