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by WLJ
2007 December 20
There was some small progress made with the Northwest Pilot Project which allowed cattle to be shipped north during winter months. However, it was bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) that really got this issue on the front burner. When I accompanied a group of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) members on a fact finding mission to Canada a year-and-a-half ago, it was evident that U.S. cattlemen intended on using bluetongue and anaplasmosis as trade bait. The opportunity
by WLJ
2007 December 20
R-CALF has tried to get this import rule overturned five times, this last time, the judge even said his hands were tied. The only real logic I can think of is the attorneys want to keep the clock running on the cowboys’ nickel or R-CALF leadership can’t find another issue to mobilize their membership. This issue on importing cattle under thirty months old doesn’t threaten the U.S. cow herd in any way. Remember, this disease is not contagious. About the only thing
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Despite predictions about adverse weather conditions harming crop progress, corn planting in most states was nearly complete last week and in many areas, emergence is well ahead of normal. Across the northern Plains and Cornbelt where adequate moisture has fallen, crop planting is well ahead of its normal pace. In Ohio and Wisconsin, corn emergence is 16 and 17 percent ahead of normal. Ohio growers have seen 88 percent of their crop emerge and Wisconsin, 64 percent.
by WLJ
2007 December 20
U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson allowed Creekstone to seek a motion for summary judgment by June 23. USDA will have until Sept. 15 to respond to the request. Robertson’s decision will accelerate the final ruling in the case by several months. The Arkansas City, KS,-based premium beef packer filed the suit in March in an attempt to challenge USDA’s claim that it has the legal authority to control access to and the use of the kits needed to perform BSE testing. For
by WLJ
2007 December 20
IFBF’s carbon credit aggregation pilot program facilitates management practices in which farmers help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere. Now after two-and-a half years, the program is expanding to national markets. Storing or holding the carbon in the ground helps reduce CO2, one of several greenhouse gases contributing to the warming of the atmosphere. The CO2 can be stored in the soil through no-till planting, restoring wetlands, converting cropland to permanent grass or trees, planning
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Memorial Day beef sales were good, and the post Memorial Day trade was better than expected. The boxed beef cutout was at $154.66 at mid week with the Select product $23.35 behind at $130.34, a very wide Choice-Select spread which is indicating a good supply of calf fed cattle in feed lots. Boxed beef trade volume was moderate but very steady with 300 loads trading every day last week. Slaughter volume remains very good. The week
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Fed cattle trade was at a standstill last Thursday with packers and feeders with several dollars between asking and offer prices. Strong boxed beef movement for higher money, combined with packer margins estimated by HedgersEdge.com at $73.50 per head, had feedlots holding strong for at least steady to slightly higher money even late in the week. Market analysts estimated trade would occur at prices $1 higher than the previous week at $81.50-82.50 live and $127-128 dressed basis on slightly larger showlists. Virtually all market indicators were supportive last
by WLJ
2007 December 20
Government officials and producers in drought stricken states are requesting USDA allow producers to hay and graze livestock on land voluntarily enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The program is designed to keep land out of production for livestock and/or crops in order to preserve conservation by strengthening wildlife habitat and stimulating native plant growth. Last year, 34 million acres were in CRP. However, this year, grass is limited and wheat crops are dead or damaged, causing some to believe opening CRP land to grazing is
by WLJ
2007 December 20
The Senate passed their version of the immigration reform initiative on May 25 by a vote of 62 to 36, with most of the division reportedly coming from the Republican Party. Essentially, the bill contains three major components causing division in the Senate, and even more significantly in the House. Most controversial, the bill would grant approximately 12 million undocumented workers the right to gain legal status in the U.S. The bill would also create 200,000 temporary work visas and double the 11,300 current U.S. border patrol agents
by WLJ
2007 December 20
A toxic tort is a tort (or injury) caused by a toxic material or substance that is released into the air, soil or water. Settlement of theses cases consists of compensation to cover your medical costs and loss of profits, and other damages. Often, toxic tort cases are brought forth as class action suits because of the large number of plaintiffs. Because injuries caused by toxic torts often do not surface until years, even decades, after exposure, plaintiffs must demonstrate they were exposed to the substance and that
by WLJ
2007 December 20
E. Wayne Hage On June 5, Wayne Hage passed away in peace at age 69 at his home at Pine Creek Ranch in Monitor Valley, NV. Jean Nichols Hage, the mother of his five children, preceded him in death in 1996. Survived by his wife, Helen Chenoweth Hage, whom he married in 1999. The things he cherished most in life were his family and friends. Born Dec. 21, 1936, in Elko, NV, Wayne was the youngest of five children of Reinert and Grace Hage.
by WLJ
2007 December 20
R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) filed a notice of appeal June 5 in U.S. District Court—District of Montana. The appeal is an attempt to overturn District Judge Richard Cebull’s denial of R-CALF’s permanent injunction request. That request, if granted, would have prohibited imports of Canadian cattle into the U.S. The decision to appeal the case is contrary to the group’s earlier announcement that it would not appeal Cebull’s decision. R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard said the
by WLJ
2007 December 20
The producers collectively spent more than $1 million for cattle purchased sight unseen from M.J.L. Cattle Company of New Franklin, MO, who advertised high-quality, healthy cattle in newspaper and online advertisements. In contrast, the buyers received skinnier, unhealthy herds that were different breeds than advertised, according to Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon. In addition, Nixon said many were advertised as bred, but were actually open. Brent Bryant, executive vice president
by WLJ
2007 December 20
death tax. The strongly divisive estate tax issue, commonly referred to as the death tax, was voted on by the Senate last Thursday with little debate. Despite the House voting 272 to 162 in April of last year to repeal the tax on a permanent basis, the Senate rejected such a repeal. In 2002, the Senate fell six votes short of repealing the tax permanently. This go round, they fell short only three votes of the 60 required, with 41 Senators rejecting the
by WLJ
2007 December 20
South Korean officials agreed in January to lift the ban on U.S. beef imports and announced it would allow boneless beef only from animals under 30 months of age. However, delays from the finding of another U.S. domestic case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in April have caused the South Korean government to slow the process. Officials were expected to release a list of approved U.S. plants June 7, the day trade was again delayed. The latest delay is reportedly a result of
by WLJ
2007 December 20
After a delay caused by an additional discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in April, South Korea announced last week it will resume U.S. beef imports on June 7. Imports will only resume after South Korea announces a list of approved U.S. beef processing facilities. Only the U.S. plants which have been approved by the Korean Agriculture Ministry will be allowed to ship boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age. South Korean inspection teams completed thorough visits to U.S. beef packing
by WLJ
2007 December 20
KLA and KBC provided support materials, information, aprons, hats and signs for a counter- protest in Topeka, KS, against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), according to KLA spokesperson, Scarlett Hagins. The animal rights group was specifically protesting beef consumption, calling the handling and slaughtering of cattle unethical. Once a counter protest was realized, two PETA activists tried to advance their anti-meat cause beneath a “Beef It’s What’s for Dinner” banner intentionally hung there by WIBW, a Topeka radio station.
by WLJ
2007 December 20
— The cause may not be contaminated feed. Unusual, atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) strains have researchers worried due to the sporadic nature of the disease. The mystery of the strain causing the brain wasting deterioration in older aged beef cattle leaves animal health researchers with many questions, but few answers. The reason for the heightened concern is recent research revealing that the two latest cases of BSE found in the U.S. within the past year were a product of an unusual strain
by WLJ
2007 December 20
This year may go down as one of the worst in history for the number of wildfires and the volume of acreage burned. Already this year, dry conditions across the Southwest and the southern Plains have caused more than 40,938 wildfires and burned a total of 2.5 million acres. That is nearly double the number of fires during the same period last year and eight times as many acres burned. In California and much of the
by WLJ
2007 December 20
June 6, 2005 The summer doldrums have arrived as beef movement for Memorial Day, one of the first “bellwether” weekends for summer, came up shorter than expected. Aside from just a poor beef holiday and a bad beef weekend, analysts are starting to indicate that beef demand is undeniably