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by WLJ
2007 December 20
Earlier this month, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a rule that has some producers scratching their heads. The proposed rule would declare the Patagonia South sub-region of Argentina free of rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). It also marks the first time that a country’s regions have been treated differently in terms of disease status. As a part of the safeguards proposed by APHIS, the area will be added to the list of regions subject to restrictions on meat and meat products because of its trading relationships and close proximity to areas still infected with the two diseases.
by WLJ
2007 December 20
These are words of warning. I have appeared in front of a jury about a lease agreement gone bad and it was not a pleasant experience for either party. I have also witnessed a multi-million dollar property sale go sour due to a vague, incomplete, simple one-page long-term lease agreement within a family. The warning here is to place some real thought behind these rental or lease agreements. Please cover all the “what-if” scenarios that you can think of, like fire, drought, subleasing, fence conditions, salting, over grazing, diseases or whatever your concerns are. Make it a win, win agreement for
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Angus producers in Texas and surrounding states have a new marketing opportunity. Now more than ever, it pays to aim for the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand target and feed your load-lot groups at Hartley Feeders. Located in the northern Panhandle near Hartley, TX, and owned by Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding LLC, the feedlot has negotiated a CAB alliance grid with Swift & Co. for delivery at its Dumas, TX, plant from Hartley Feeders. Swift & Co. is a leading packer in high quality branded beef programs. CAB, a non-profit subsidiary of the American Angus Association, operates the world’s largest
by WLJ
2007 December 20
He addressed the Red Meat Club Thursday, Jan. 12, at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. “I was supposed to come last year, but it did not work out accordingly,” said Yeutter. “I was not going to miss it for anything this time. I see this as a privilege to address industry leaders at this commemorative event.” Yeutter is currently counsel to Hogan & Hartson, LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms. During his presentation to cattlemen and industry leaders last week, he brought a direct, unique perspective to the table. He discussed many issues confronting cattlemen, but
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Regarding restrictions, U.S. industry and trade leaders are working to increase the age limitation from 21 months to 30 months of age to further expand the amount of cattle that meet the required criteria. Phillip Seng, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation located in Denver, CO, said the restrictions are not rooted in fact, but instead are based on fears. More specifically, Japan has reported 21 cases of BSE as of Jan. 12. Seng said Japanese consumers are fearful of beef in their country and are under the impression that U.S. beef is just as
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Tyson Foods, Inc. and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) are teaming up to provide CAB brand Natural beef, the two organizations announced today. Tyson will also soon begin offering Star Ranch Natural Angus Beef. “The CAB brand and Star Ranch Angus Beef have been very successful programs for Tyson and we’re excited to add ‘natural’ product lines to both,” said Noel White, group vice president of Tyson Fresh Meats. “Consumer demand for natural beef is increasing and we believe there’s an opportunity for us to grow with it. While we have every confidence in our traditional beef products, we also believe
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Jan. 13, Denver, CO Beef Palace Auction Arena, National Western Stock Show 46 Bulls $5,886 Sale Management: American Angus Association One of the highlights of the Denver Angus activities is this annual bull sale and the sale of the Angus Foundation heifer package benefitting the Angus Foundation work supports education, youth and research. The bulls offered were from some the countries foremost breeding firms, featuring the freshest genetics and solid performance numbers many definite herd sire prospects. The standing room only crowd filled this auction arena here on the “Hill.” it was a very active strong sale with cattle scattering across the country. As
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Female division 1, May 4-23, 2004 1st, EXLR Sheza 518P, EXLR Dakota 353G, Express Ranches, Yukon, OK; 2nd, MAGS Puppet Master, EXLR Dakota 353G, Magness Land & Cattle, Platteville, CO; 3rd, MAGS Pink Rose, EXLR Dakota 353G, Magness Land & Cattle, Platteville, CO; 4th, Auto Miss America 836P, Auto American Idol, Pinegar Limousin, Springfield, MO; 5th, MAGS Perils of Pauline, Magness Land & Cattle, Platteville, CO. Female division 1, April 3-25, 2004 1st, Carrousels Presley, GPFF Blaque Rulon, Carrousel Farms, Mineral Point, WI; 2nd, MAGS Puff, Mags Kaptain America, Magness Land & Cattle, Platteville, CO; 3rd, Deatsman's Precious 418P, Wulfs Keynote 5474K, Renee
by WLJ
2007 December 20
The debate over horse slaughter was raging last week in Congress and the courts. The largely emotional debate about whether or not horse slaughter should be allowed to continue reached a fever pitch. Advocates on both sides reacted swiftly to the decision and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which can clearly smell blood in the water, is attempting to ban the shipment of horses to Canada and Mexico. Those two nations represent the only alternative to slaughtering them here. If HSUS has its way, there will be no slaughtering of horses in or from the U.S. All the
by WLJ
2007 December 20
The two Texas plants have vowed to continue to fight for their legal right to slaughter horses, according to former Texas Congressional Rep. Charlie Stenholm who now serves as spokesman for the plants. The remaining U.S. horse slaughter plant is located in Illinois and is not subject to the federal court ruling. “Those who want these plants to shut down should be careful what they wish for,” said Stenholm. “If these plants shut down tomorrow, the nation’s patchwork of horse rescue facilities would be overwhelmed. They can barely manage to care for the approximately 6,000 horses already in the system.
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Jan. 13, Denver, CO Beef Palace Auction Arena, National Western Stock Show 46 Bulls $5,886 Sale Management: American Angus Association One of the highlights of the Denver Angus activities is this annual bull sale and the sale of the Angus Foundation heifer package benefitting the Angus Foundation work supports education, youth and research. The bulls offered were from some the countries foremost breeding firms, featuring the freshest genetics and solid performance numbers many definite herd sire prospects. The standing room only crowd filled this auction arena here on the “Hill.” it was a very active strong sale with cattle scattering across the country. As
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Champion Spring Heifer Calf: Gambles Lady 944, SAV Limited Edition 9283, Gamble Angus Ranch, Clinton, TN. Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf: Champion Hill Georgia 3958, Leachman Saugahatchee 3000C, Champion Hill Inc., Bidwell, OH. Champion Senior Heifer Calf: Laflins Jilt 3098, B/R BAAR Fast Forward 1193, Laflin Ranch, Olsburg, KS Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: CQS Miss Cheyenne 606A, CA Future Direction 5321, Austin Atkinson, Lawrenceville, GA. Champion Winter Heifer Calf: Champion Hill Georgina 3842, Leachman Saugahatchee 3000C, Champion Hill Inc., Bidwell, OH Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf: WAF Belle 4101, LF New Trend 4100, Cherry Knoll Farm Inc., West Grove, PA, and Weaver Angus Farm,
by WLJ
2007 December 20
February 5, 2007 Trading was slow last Thursday in Nebraska and Iowa with light demand from packing companies. Trading was inactive in the remainder of cattle feeding country last week although analysts were calling for a good chance at steady to slightly higher money when trade developed. The last established market prices for fed cattle were mostly $87 live basis in the south and in the north, live sales traded at $85.50-86 and dressed sales at $137 to $138 the week prior. Some of the optimism last week was the result of boxed beef prices finally reaching what was widely believed to
by WLJ
2007 December 20
February 5, 2007   H.M. Small Scholarship honors pioneering Wheatland rancher. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) will award the H.M. Small Scholarship from the bequest made in memory of a pioneering rancher who had only a third-grade education. This is the seventh and final year of this scholarship. The H.M. Small Scholarship will award the final $3,000 to a University of Wyoming sophomore, junior or senior majoring in an agriculture-related subject and maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5. To be eligible for the award, applicants must also write an essay of no more than 500 words on the importance of
by WLJ
2007 December 20
OW Lilly 4177, DS Alil showcup pld, Oakwater Ranch of Mansfield, MO. Reserve Champion Junior Female Calf: Thomas Ms Kyra 4541P, Thomas Oahe Wind 0772ET P, Thomas Ranch of Harrold, SD. Champion Senior Female Calf: DR Roxy 613, LHD Cougar L105, Natalie Reis of Gridley, CA. Reserve Champion Senior Female Calf: DR Alexis 873 ET, Baldridge Cadillac 73E, Nicole Reis of Gridley, CA. Champion Intermediate Female: PC Ms Lucky Lady P306 Pld, RA Big Cat 9017 pld, Patman Ranch of Waxahatchie, TX. Reserve Champion Intermediate Female: BBRCR Fancys Trademark 300P, CJC Trademark H45, Danni Lunsford, Garrison, TX. Champion Junior Female: EC Miss Million, SCC Millennium
by WLJ
2007 December 20
February 12, 2007 Group says it will appeal to state Supreme Court. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a petition for certification last week seeking the Arizona Supreme Court’s review of their January 2005 loss in a libel suit won by Arizona rancher Jim Chilton and the Chilton Ranch and Cattle Company. CBD lost for a second time in December 2006 when the Arizona Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the jury’s verdict in favor of the Chiltons. The three appellate judges also upheld the jury award of $100,000 in damages and $500,000 in punitive damages to the victims. CBD asserts that
by WLJ
2007 December 20
February 12, 2007 Light fed cattle trade developed at mid-week last week with many areas seeing better money for cattle. Trade last Wednesday came in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt at $90 live and $145 dressed basis. In Iowa and Minnesota, a few early live sales traded $3-4 higher at $90 and a few dressed sales traded $6 higher at $144. Trading was inactive Wednesday on a very light demand in the southern Plains and Colorado. In the south, feedlots were asking $92 for cattle versus packer bids of mostly $87 at press time last Thursday. The last established market
by WLJ
2007 December 20
46 Bulls $4,025 14 Heifers 2,868 TOPSC Grand Champion Bull: CW 225 Future Direction 184, consigned by Cottonwood Angus Farms, Pipestone, MN; to Mt. Rushmore Angus, Rapid City, SD, $11,000. Reserve Champion Bull: CW 08 Future Direction 334, consigned by Cottonwood Angus Farms, Pipestone, MN; to Mangen Angus, Broadus, MT, $7,500. Grand Champion Heifer: Traveler Rose 301, consigned by Kammerer Livestock, Rapid City, SD; to Thomas Ranch, Harrold, SD, $4,000. Reserve Champion Heifer: Miss JT Diamond Rita 401, consigned by Sletten Angus, Faith, SD; to Bud Fortune, Quinn, SD, $2,900. Top Selling Bull: Lewis New Frontier 394, consigned by Lewis Angus Ranch, Black
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Jan. 29, Red Bluff, CA 137 Angus $2,805 14 Balancer 2,625 15 Brangus 2,253 43 Charolais 2,528 1 Chiangus 2,850 5 Gelbvieh 2,430 53 Hereford 2,515 2 Limousin 2,750 16 Polled Hereford 2,313 6 Red Angus 2,917 3 Shorthorn 2,300 7 Simmental 3,729 302 Total bulls 2,664 Auctioneers: Rick Machado, Max Olvera, Justin Holmberg Sale Manager: Ron Anderson This year=s version of the Red Bluff bull sale turned in some eye-popping numbers as 52 more head were sold over last year= s sale and the average price per bull was $250 higher. What made this happen? More than likely the same market fundamentals that fueled the fall bull sale season were at work here. The strong
by WLJ
2007 December 20
After devastating storms crippled southeastern Colorado agriculture, ranchers were hit with another big blow on Feb. 14 as the U.S. Army announced its intentions to move forward with acquiring over 418,000 acres of private land for the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuvering Site. “With the federal government already owning one-third of Colorado lands, the potential acquisition of almost one-half of a million acres is a real jaw dropper,” said Aaron Johnson from the office of Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, R-CO. The Army announced that the Under Secretary of Defense granted a requested waiver to the moratorium on major land acquisition.