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2005 April 25
Recently the Livestock Marketing Association announced that during this year's World Championship Livestock Auctioneer Contest it would present a Rookie of the Year Award in the name and memory of Bill Tackett. Bill Tackett was a friend of mine, and he was a great auctioneer. Bill passed on in September 2001. I first met Bill in 1974, when I made my
by WLJ
2005 April 25
Most of the antagonism in the beef industry is between cattle producers and packers. The producer feels as if he is being paid too little for his cattle and the packer feels as if he is paying too much for cattle. Either way, both of these segments rely on each other to exist in the North American beef industry, but Tim
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Fed cattle trade was stronger last week on very light trade volume. Northern Plains feeders started trading Wednesday afternoon establishing the live market at $149 dressed while Southern Plains feeders were holding the line at $92, which is where most live trade occurred. The fed markets were generally $2.00 higher over the bulk of the prior week’s trade.
2005 April 18
The Dickinson Research Extension Center has been actively evaluating the many processes involved in the electronic tracking of cattle. The early prognosis is simple: The industry is not ready for the implementation of a uniform, nationally recognizable numbering system for individual animal identification as called for in the U.S. animal identification plan. This same plan, developed by the national identification development team, also identified the need for a uniform premises identification system. The implementation of the premises allocation process and subsequent utilization of the premises number seems to be on track. The center had excellent
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Sausage recall Roger Wood Foods in Savannah, GA, is voluntarily recalling approximately 10,700 pounds of sausage products that may be contaminated with listeria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. Products subject to recall include: 1-pound packages of preferred recipe, BEEF Smoked Sausage, 2.5-pound packages of GREAT GRILLERS, smoked
by WLJ
2005 April 18
After almost two years of regulations and required tuberculosis testing of cattle being transported out of California, producers may again be allowed to freely move cattle without restriction. In a meeting last Wednesday between California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) representatives and USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Ron DeHaven, the agency announced
by WLJ
2005 April 18
The bull sales this spring have been remarkable. Midland Bull Test sold just over 400 Angus bulls at an average of $3,200. All the cattle markets are on fire, and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight. With a $70-80 salvage bull market it just doesn’t make sense to keep a marginal bull on the ranch.
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Livestock producers should consider using crop byproducts to stretch drought-affected pastures and hay supplies, said Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. Lactating beef cows have relatively high nutrient requirements, according to Lardy. Consequently, those cows need an adequate supply of nutrients, particularly protein and energy, to maintain
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Most states have lemon laws that protect consumers who buy automobiles that are “lemons”—having a serious defect or abnormal condition. However, only one state, Misourri, applies these laws to protect purchasers of farm equipment or machinery. New York State Sen. Steve Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, feels producers need more protection and has introduced legislation
by WLJ
2005 April 18
The permanent repeal of the death tax passed its first hurdle last week when the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a measure of 272-162 in favor of the repeal. Agriculture industry groups were pleased with this passage and are optimistic that the Senate will follow suit. The House bill (H.R. 8) and Senate bill (S. 420) are identical versions
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Keep border closed Dear Pete: First let me introduce myself. I am a past president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association—two years. A past member of the Public Lands Council—five years. Twenty-six years as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. I am acquainted with Dick and Barbara, also knew Nelson Crow.
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Henry Albert Bledsoe Henry A. Bledsoe passed away April 3, at the Wray Community District Hospital. He was 84. Henry was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Plainview, TX, the only son of Daisy Smith and Henry Bledsoe. The family owned ranches at Mule Shoe, TX, but because the nearest hospital
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Agriculture industry leaders, together with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, rallied for the passage of the U.S. Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). A coalition of more than 55 organizations, representing the full spectrum of ag products, from meats to grains to specialty crops, are strongly committed to passage of this
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Utah State University bioengineers are directing a program designed to develop a device that will be able to detect abnormally shaped proteins that are responsible for prion diseases, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Most recently the expected two-year projected, expected to be fully underway in May, was granted $200,000 by USDA. The University
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Rumors spread through the beef industry last week that R-CALF USA was considering a class action lawsuit against USDA for denying producers overseas sales by not allowing voluntary testing for BSE. USDA denied the first request for 100 percent BSE testing made by Creekstone Farms approximately one year ago, saying testing all ages of cattle is not scientifically
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Electric wire is a popular fencing material for livestock because it is less labor intensive to install and because it can be taken down and moved easily compared to other fencing materials. However, producers need to be aware that livestock, particularly cattle, need to be trained to respect it before it is helpful in keeping animals where they are supposed to stay. According to extension livestock specialists, the ideal training area for getting livestock used to electric fencing is a small paddock or pasture area. Keeping the area small will reduce the time it takes animals to
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Texas livestock health officials will randomly select nearly 2,000 of the state’s purebred or seed stock beef herds for cattle tuberculosis (TB) testing this summer, to fulfill disease surveillance obligations of the Texas Cattle TB plan. The blueprint for regaining Texas’ TB-free status was developed in 2002 by cattle industry representatives, with a
by WLJ
2005 April 18
Canada's food and feed-processing industries will need to take a proactive approach to the issue of traceability as consumers become more concerned about the safety and quality of what they are eating, according to presentations Tuesday at the Canada Grains Council 36th annual meeting. Delegates at the meeting were told that although agriculture is barely
by WLJ
2005 April 11
A reply brief was filed by the National Meat Association (NMA) last Monday with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the continuing battle over whether to allow imports of younger Canadian cattle. The brief not only sought the higher court= s intervention in allowing this organization to be an intervener in the case of R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America
by WLJ
2005 April 11
A large group of Canadian cattle producers plans to file a federal class action lawsuit in the United States against R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) and its efforts to keep the U.S. border closed to Canadian cattle and beef. According to Winnipeg cattle rancher John Morrison, founder of Fair Market Beef, as of last


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