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by WLJ
2008 November 11
The American Farm Bureau Federation today said a new approach is needed in world trade talks, citing the stalled Doha round of negotiations. AFBF President Bob Stallman said his organization will shortly begin discussions with domestic and international business and trade leaders in an effort to find a new way to move forward.
by WLJ
2008 November 11
JBS S.A. recently reported a giant boost in earnings during the company’s fiscal third quarter, citing the depreciation of the Brazilian real against the dollar and rising exports. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the Sao Paulo-based beef producer said it netted a profit of $318 million, compared with a loss of $36.9 million in the same period a year earlier. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose to $221.9 million, up from $82.5 million a year earlier.
by WLJ
2008 November 11
Trading was mostly inactive in all feeding regions. Not enough sales for an adequate market trend. Last week live sales sold from 90.00-94.00 and dressed sales sold from 140.00-147.00 in the Northern Plains and IA/MN. In Kansas dressed sales sold from 148.50-149.00.
by WLJ
2008 November 11
USDA increased its ending stock forecast for corn last week as part of its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE).
by WLJ
2008 November 11
Tyson Foods Inc. reported a 50 percent increase in fiscal fourth-quarter net income as strength in the company’s beef and pork segments more than offset losses from the poultry business.
by WLJ
2008 November 6
The result of the New Jersey ruling could open the door to similar challenges of those regulations elsewhere by livestock interests. In the New Jersey case, the court upheld many of the livestock practices as legal despite the challengesn by animal rights groups.
by WLJ
2008 September 19
You could say the Elvis has left the building, and that Elvis would be the large commodity trading funds. The speculation money has left the markets at an extraordinary pace, driving many of the ag commodities down in value following what were perhaps unrealistic highs eight weeks ago. Most people in this business like it when the long speculators drive markets to new highs. Conversely, we don’t like seeing the longs leave the market altogether. It would appear that we may now be on more solid footing with the cash markets, which have been fairly steady for the past several weeks.
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Value-added Angus genetics, good management practices, and a low-stress environment led Circle A Feeders to a Certified Angus Beef (CAB) LLC Quality Focus Award. The Huntsville, MO, yard achieved a stellar 61.4 percent CAB brand and USDA Prime on 917 cattle enrolled through the CAB Feedlot Licensing Program. That’s the highest annual CAB acceptance rate for any feedlot award, says the brand’s beef cattle specialist, Gary Fike. To top it off, this was Circle A Feeders’ first year in business. Integrated with the large purebred and commercial Angus herds of Circle A Ranch, the feedlot opened in May 2007 to help bull
by WLJ
2008 September 19
The Annual Cal Poly Beef Field Day and Trade Show will take place Oct. 4-5, 2008, at Cal Poly’s Beef Center. The Field Day is co-sponsored by Cal Poly, California Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and the California Cattlemen’s Association. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m., with the program starting at 8:00 a.m. The theme of this year’s program will be "Marketing Opportunities" for commercial cow/calf producers. Speakers will focus attention on how producers can make management decisions to improve their marketing efforts and increase the value of their products. The program will begin by a welcome from John Toledo, president of
by WLJ
2008 September 19
U.S. to pressure China on beefThe U.S. was expected to urge China to halt its ban on U.S. beef imports when top officials from both nations met last week via the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. China closed its market to U.S. beef following the first bovine spongiform encephalopathy case in December 2003. While the Bush administration praised China’s conditional agreement in April 2006 to reopen its market, the reopening still has not occurred. "It’s really too early to say what progress we will have in the area of beef. But ag issues are on the agenda," U.S.
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Galen Fink and Lori Hagenbuch grew up on eastern Kansas farms learning the importance of sound decisions in cattle judging, business and leadership. The couple met at Kansas State University and married in 1975. Galen spent 14 years managing the university’s purebred herd while Lori headed the Kansas Angus Association. More recently, Certified Angus Beef (CAB) LLC honored the Finks on Sept. 13 at the brand’s annual conference. They accepted the 2008 Seedstock Commitment to Excellence Award in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Fink Beef Genetics started with the purchase of a few Angus cows in 1976, keeping back heifers. They had no land
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Leaders in the New Mexico beef industry are asking their fellow cattlemen, "What’s your vision for the future?" during meetings held across the state. Outreach meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24 in Ft. Sumner, NM; Friday, Sept. 26 in Sky City, NM, and Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Silver City, NM. "We are trying to get a sense of what is needed," said Steve Warshawer, a member of the New Mexico Beef Industry Strategic Planning Initiative task force. "We want to develop an industry-wide strategic approach for improving the opportunities of the New Mexico beef industry."Before the task force could plan
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Fall is rapidly approaching and with it, marketing time for producers large and small across the country. Producers will be sending their cattle to town over the next several weeks for marketing, but contrary to popular belief, there is still time to add value to your calves before sale day. Auction market operators have an opportunity to evaluate a lot of calves each year and work hard to bring producers the best possible price for their cattle. However, once the cattle arrive, there is little that can be done to increase their value. That process needs to start at the home
by WLJ
2008 September 19
The response to Hurricane Ike continues to be a team effort as the issues are much larger than the resources of any one agency or association, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reported last week. TAHC has worked with the livestock industry to establish sites for emergency shelters, and with local governments, agencies and associations to develop animal issues committees. The agency has established a small area command in the Austin, TX, headquarters, and is one of more than 30 agencies in the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management. TAHC’s Area Command can be reached at 1-800-550-8242, ext 296. At the request of TAHC, members
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City, MO, Nov. 1-3 for the 2008 annual meeting. A full schedule of events is planned for Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. who attend the annual meeting and the National Hereford Show scheduled during the American Royal. The Annual Membership Meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3 at the Hilton President Kansas City. Association members selected 142 delegates to conduct the association’s business at the meeting and to elect three members to serve on the AHA Board of Directors. The board candidates
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Members and directors of the Western Stock Show Association gathered in the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Stadium Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to hear from NWSS leadership what future direction the show might take. Faced with limited space, aging facilities and urban pressure, NWSS is being confronted with some of the most important questions in its 100-plus-year history. Rumors concerning the future location of the show abound, something NWSS leadership felt was necessary to address. "Our goal today remains the same as it has been, though we want to continue to build on our success," opened Pat Grant, NWSS president. "We
by WLJ
2008 September 19
My husband wouldn’t give me the shirt off his back because he knows I’d try getting rid of it. He’s tighter than the hide on a bloated cow when I try clearing any out. I’d been after him for years to do something with shirts that weren’t his style or even in style anymore, and griped that he never wore them. He had western shirts from the past three decades of every season. Ones that were prime candidates for rags, shirts he wore when we were dating, and some that were gifts that had hardly been worn or washed. I was
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Fed cattle trade last Thursday was underway in the Corn Belt and northern Plains regions with dressed sales in a range of $148-152, with most trade occurring at the $150-151 level. Southern Plains trade was still inactive at mid-day although live trade was expected to come in mostly steady to perhaps slightly higher at the $99 level after cutout values held their ground early in the day. The mostly steady trade comes at the start of what is expected to be a very tight supply of fed cattle over the next several months. Ahead of the cattle on feed report due
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Following a ruling in U.S. District Court earlier this summer, the federal government has decided to abandon a plan to remove wolves from the endangered species list later this year. The decision, based largely on comments made by federal Judge Donald Molloy that environmentalists were likely to win the case if it moved ahead, angered cattle producers in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming where state control of wolf populations would have allowed greater controls over animals that kill livestock. Since Molloy’s ruling in July, wolves have remained under federal management. Jay Bodner, director of natural resources for Montana Stockgrower’s Association (MSGA), criticized
by WLJ
2008 September 19
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to end a U.S. program aimed at North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) compliance in a rare show of election year bipartisanship. Members of Congress have tried repeatedly to stop a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) program which would allow open access to U.S. highways for trucks from Mexico operating under foreign ownership and regulations. The contentious pilot program, known as the Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Program, is aimed at allowing Mexican trucking companies to operate across the continental U.S. Currently, as many as 500 trucks from 100 Mexican companies are allowed access


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