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2009 July 7
Boy, talk about market volatility. The corn acreage report came out last Tuesday. USDA said there were 2 million more acres planted than they originally thought and bam, July corn dropped 30 cents to $3.47. The same day, live cattle dropped $2.10. But the good news, for many of our readers,
2009 July 7
The first set of cows averaged just more than 1,400 pounds at spring turnout on crested wheatgrass. They are part of a study involving cropping rotations and range systems harvested by grazing cow/calf pairs and early weaned calves. The second set of cows averaged 1,060 pounds when turned on crested wheatgrass this spring.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
Fed cattle markets started out softer last week with Corn Belt cattle feeders throwing in the towel on Wednesday after a break in live cattle futures. The early trade was light at $128-131 dressed with live trade at $80-81 in the region.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
The recent dairy cow buyout, made possible by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a dairy industry interest group developed by the National Dairy Producers Federation, has taken nearly 40,000 cows in western states out of production, but other...
by WLJ
2009 June 29
The April 2, 2009, removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List was a welcome event to western ranchers, especially those who have struggled with the costs of wolf predation. In Oregon, however, the federal delisting has done little to improve ranchers ability to protect their livestock.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
The USDAs June 1, Cattle on Feed report showed that feedlots continue to carry fewer cattle than a year earlier as per-head losses continue to take their toll on the feeding sector.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
According to the Des Moines Register, the Agriprocessors Inc. Kosher meat plant has been sold to a Canadian firm. The sale will include the payment of at least $8.5 million of the $21 million owed to credi- tors of Agriprocessors after the company filed bank- ruptcy.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
The controversial climate bill, which is nearing a floor vote in the House of Repre- sentatives, gained traction last week after House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-MN, reached a compromise agreement with the bills sponsor, California Democrat Harry Waxman.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
Over 400 members and guests were in attendance at the 142nd Annual Colorado Cattlemens (CCA) Convention and Trade Show in Grand Junction, CO, June 14-17. Cattlemen from across the state took time to reflect on the past and plan for the future over the three-day conference.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
Cattle producers and industry leaders from across Montana and the nation gathered in Miles City, MT, June 10-14 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA). Over 1,000 people participated in one or more of the events throughout the week.
2009 June 29
As far as I can tell the debate over global warming was never finished. There still seems to be disagreement over whether or not its even a problem, but Congress is working on major legislation hoping to do something about it. For every scientist that endorses the concept of climate change there is one that disputes it.
2009 June 29
The cattle business is a profession that requires considerable education and experience. In other words, the managerial inputs need to be well thought out so that the ramifications or consequence of doing or not doing something has the desired outcome.
by WLJ
2009 June 26
Fed cattle markets started out softer last week with Corn Belt cattle feeders throwing in the towel on Wednesday after a break in live cattle futures. The early trade was light at $128-131 dressed with live trade at $80-81 in the region. There was some light trade in the southern tier at $81 although numbers were too light to call the trend for the week.
by WLJ
2009 June 26
The USDA’s June 1, cattle on feed report showed that feedlots continue to carry fewer cattle than a year earlier as per-head losses continue to take their toll on the feeding sector. The erosion in demand has hampered efforts by feedlots to take advantage of tight supplies and resulted in ongoing losses for cattle feeders for most of the past year, despite some slight improvement in certain classes of cattle over the past few months.
by WLJ
2009 June 26
The April 2, 2009, removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List was a welcome event to western ranchers, especially those who have struggled with the costs of wolf predation. In Oregon, however, the federal delisting has done little to improve ranchers’ ability to protect their livestock.
by WLJ
2009 June 26
The recent dairy cow buyout, made possible by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a dairy industry interest group developed by the National Dairy Producers Federation, has taken nearly 40,000 cows in western states out of production, but other economic factors, including extremely low milk prices, are also causing dairymen not selected for the buyout to send cows down the road.
2009 June 26
As far as I can tell the debate over global warming was never finished. There still seems to be disagreement over whether or not it’s even a problem. But, Congress is working on major legislation hoping to do something about it. For every scientist that endorses the concept of climate change there is one that disputes it. The evidence used to justify climate change is equal to a nanosecond of geologic time.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
With the exception of moderate dressed trade in the Corn Belt last week, fed cattle trading was slow to develop. Last Thursday, some cattle traded in the region at $129-130 dressed basis with a few as high as $131-132 dressed in Nebraska.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
The size and scope of the bovine tuberculosis (TB) quarantine in Nebraska was significantly expanded last week by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) as the agency worked to trace cattle which may have had contact with an infected herd.


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