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by WLJ
2008 December 30
A lot of long hours and expense are invested into harvesting quality forages and storing them for use at a later time. As a producer, you wouldnt dream of throwing away one-third of the forages that were intended to be fed to the cow herd. Many times, thats what happens when livestock are allowed unlimited access to hay in a feeding situation.
by WLJ
2008 December 30
People who study change and its causes have observed that change is often caused by a disturbance. Production agriculture is in a period of rapid change, with an economic environment that many have never experienced.
2008 December 30
The report from the human side of the chute was not very good. We had 32 open heifers that were pastured together and exposed to one bull. The bull had passed the breeding soundness exam. He was at least interested in the heifers at the time of turnout. Once we had the news, the bull was brought in for a recheck.
by WLJ
2008 December 30
Hello, I want to notify you that cattle grazing on public land is in jeopardy like never before. In Oregon, the BLM is conducting a public comment period on the John Day Basin Resource Management Plan. Comments are due by Jan. 29, 2009. One of the main issues is that the BLM wants to close public land to OHVs and ATVs.
2008 December 19
The Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand posted sales of 634 million pounds in 2008, the highest mark in its 30-year history, the Wooster, OH-based company announced. The achievement was an increase of 51 million pounds, or 8.8 percent, compared with 2007 sales.
by WLJ
2008 December 19
Ahead of the holiday-shortened week, fed cattle trade was underway early last Thursday with prices gaining $1-2 over the prior weeks levels.
by WLJ
2008 December 19
President-elect Barack Obama last week named former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to be the next secretary of agriculture. The former presidential candidate and two-term Iowa governor has been a strong supporter of the ethanol industry and pushed biofuels research during his time in office and as a candidate in the primary campaigns.
2008 December 19
After weeks of speculation surrounding who would be President-elect Barack Obamas choice for secretary of the Interior, Sen. Ken Salazar, D-CO, has been confirmed as the next leader of the department. It was announced on Monday, Dec. 15 that Salazar was Obamas pick, followed by Salazars acceptance of the position on Dec.
by WLJ
2008 December 19
The National Western Stock Show named Richard L. Robinson and Edward A. Robinson the 2009 Citizens of the West. The brothers will accept the prestigious award at the annual award dinner on Jan. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.
2008 December 19
He is always there, hes always reliable, and is truly a friend of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). Virgil Holtgrewe has been a familiar face at NWSS for more than 40 years and has actively volunteered his time for 20 of those years helping guests, exhibitors and management put on the granddaddy of all livestock shows.
by WLJ
2008 December 19
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced last week that the Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), its former chief executive officer.
by WLJ
2008 December 19
Dec. 8 at the Cross Diamond Cattle Company 3rd Annual Production Sale. Scott and Kim Ford and their family did an outstanding job, presenting a strong offering of seedstock stock plus hospitality second to none.
2008 December 19
It was announced last week that the new secretary of Interior will be Sen. Ken Salazar, D-CO. Prior to the announcement, it seemed that he wasnt even a candidate. On the surface, he seems okay for the cattle business, given his background. Salazar, former Colorado attorney general, grew up in the cattle and farming business.
by WLJ
2008 December 19
A pen is a terrible thing to lose. Or so it seems for guys who are particular about their writing instruments. Most women I know including me, either have a handful of miscellaneous pens in their purse or none at all. Since I usually carry hoards of pens around, I normally dont notice if ones missing, and loaning one out isnt a big deal.
2008 December 16
Following is a listing of the requirements for importing cattle into individual states. Because regulations are changed frequently, producers moving cattle across state lines should always contact the state veterinarian for the most current import requirements.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
The Sept. 1 Cattle on Feed report showed an overall decline in the number of cattle on feed. According to USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), cattle on feed in feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 10 million head, down 3 percent from the same date last year and 9 percent below Sept.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Cash cattle trade at midweek showed good numbers of cattle trading hands in the southern Plains at prices mostly steady to slightly lower than the previous week. Trade came at $98-99 in Kansas, Colorado and Texas, however, most trade in the north and Corn Belt region was at a standstill as of mid-day last Thursday.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Agiculture Secretary Ed Schafer recently led a U.S. Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission to the Central American region Sept. 21-24 to further promote two-way cooperation, trade and investment between the U.S. and companies in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Massive beef recalls in both the U.S. and Canada in 2008 prompted many consumer watchdog groups to question the sanitation procedures of beef plants and to worry that USDAs and CFIAs inspection processes are inadequate. This news from CFIA is extremely encouraging, said Graeme McRae, Bioniche CEO.


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