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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.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
Smithfield Foods reported a dismal set of quarterly earnings last week along with 2009 fiscal year earnings, emphasizing the downturn in the pork industry. The company reported its first net loss in 30 years: $190.3 million in the red for fiscal 2009, or $1.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
A little water and an annual planting of the right grass seed can go a long way toward increasing the bottom line for cattle producers, especially if they are part of an irrigated pasture practice incorporating the latest technology and methods.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
Beef recalls and other food safety events can put a poor light on the beef industry, not to mention its products and its animals. While great strides have been made to reduce pathogens at the post-harvest level, the opportunity for producers to influence pathogen levels has been limited.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
Despite the prolonged slowdown in global economic activity and the initial wave of A-H1N1 Influenzarelated market reactions, exports of U.S. pork and beef held up reasonably well in the month of April. While pork plus pork variety meat exports declined by 10 percent in volume compared to April 2008, the drop in value was limited to about 4 percent.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
There was just one championship title left for Ty Thompson to win in Livestock Marketing Associations (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC)that of world champion. And thats the one he took home following the competition June 13 at the Fergus Falls Livestock Auction Market.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
The beef trade press has done a tremendous job of polling and listening to bull buyers across the land. Seedstock producers have a much better idea of what will get them to nod their head at an auction than they did a decade ago. In 2003, The Western Livestock Journal.
2009 June 19
There is a lot of legislation concerning agriculture circulating in Washington, D.C. I dont think I have ever seen so many issues that would have a direct effect on agriculture being worked on at one time: The Clean Water Restoration Act, which just passed out of the Senate committe on
2009 June 19
Demand for beef is down. Can you blame the recession? Not entirely, but its a darned inconvenient coincidence. Its hard to argue that beef quality was too low, because production of every class of premium beef has been trending up for some time.
2009 June 19
The beef business never has been short on opinions. Good opinions and the willingness to share those opinions are the core to any dynamic, independent business. For beef producers, independence is manifested in the concept, I need to get the work done.
by WLJ
2009 June 12
Cattle producers from 23 states consigned over 75,000 head of stockers, feeders and bred stock to the Superior Livestock satellite video auction. The auction was held at the Ameristar Hotel Casino in Council Bluffs, IA. Tuesdays offerings of yearling cattle traded steady with very good buyer interest and activity for the first half of the session.
by WLJ
2009 June 12
Some reprieve was granted to California livestock producers when legislation that would have limited the use of antibiotics by licensed veterinarians to prevent and control disease in animal agriculture was defeated by the California Senate, June 3, with 15 senators voting in favor of the bill and 20 voting to oppose Senate Bill 416.
by WLJ
2009 June 12
A colder and wetter than normal start to the growing season, particularly in the eastern half of the Corn Belt, caused USDA to lower the 2009 corn crop yield number last week. The agency also lowered the expected production for this year, adding speculation to the possibility of higher prices for grains this year.


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