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by WLJ
2007 October 1
—Beef seedstock exports are an important target for producers in border states. USDA’s recent move toward trade rationalization is likely to be a step in the right direction toward opening live cattle trade with Mexico, the current largest importer of U.S. beef. USDA officials said last week the agency is pressuring Mexican officials to begin allowing beef from older animals and live seedstock and commercial beef animals to be shipped into the country. Despite the fact that Mexico has already imported more than 370,000 metric tons of beef from the U.S. from animals under 20 months of age, the border
by WLJ
2007 October 1
The debate over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) may have declined among some segments of the industry, however, in Congress, the push to include language from the House version of the 2007 Farm Bill is ongoing. Last week, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-SD, forwarded a letter, signed by 30 other senators, to Agriculture Committee Chair Tom Harkin, D-IA, calling for the House version of COOL to be included in the Senate’s bill before it passes out of committee, a step Harkin said last week he will attempt before Oct. 8. Johnson and his colleagues are pushing for the language to be
by WLJ
2007 October 1
Retail grocers appear to have beef booked for their lead meat products next week, the first week of October, but after that, it looks like pork and chicken will rule the roost, market analysts and buyers said. The competition from competing meats is making grocery buyers take a hard look at the items they feature, the analysts and buyers said. The price spreads between beef and its competitors are just too great to ignore. But on the other hand, beef is what draws shoppers into the stores, and grocers can’t afford to keep it off the front pages of their
by WLJ
2007 September 24
The willow stick and water—Can’t live without it Most of us know of the water witch. The water witch was someone who cut a suitable willow (or some other tree) branch into the shape of a Y and went looking for water. The water witch would hold one hand on each segment of the Y and begin walking with the longer tail of the Y in front. Once water was found, the tail of the willow stick would point down and a well was dug. For early settlers, the water witch was important. Without water, there was no reason to set up camp
by WLJ
2007 September 24
Grazing is part of the solution As expected, USDA has released its final rule expanding cattle and beef imports from Canada. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association [NCBA] has monitored this issue carefully from the beginning, including our filing of comments back in March. Let me say at the onset, this final rule is not perfect. It allows import of beef from cattle of any age, and live cattle born after March 1, 1999. This is the date USDA determined to be the effective date of Canada’s ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban. A feed ban date reflecting Canada’s youngest BSE [bovine spongiform encephalopathy] cases would have
by WLJ
2007 September 24
—Transportation and oversupply concerns plague market. Last week, Archer Daniels Midland Co. was passed as the largest producer of ethanol in the U.S. when Poet LLC started production at its new 65 million gallon plant in Portland, IN. The new plant, which will consume an estimated 22 million bushels of corn annually, will increase the company’s annual production to 1.1 billion gallons per year from 22 plants nationwide. The latest plant to come on line this year will boost ethanol availability in the U.S. to 7.2 billion gallons in 2007, a number which industry watchdogs point out exceeds demand of
by WLJ
2007 September 20
13, 2004 McDonald's sees its 16th consecutive increase McDonald's Corp. reported its 16th consecutive increase in monthly same-store sales despite a slight drop in Europe, reports the Associated Press. The fast-food chain said its comparable sales were up 7.2 percent at its U.S. restaurants and 3.9
by WLJ
2007 September 20
13, 2004 The past few weeks have been a real seesaw when it comes U.S. beef regaining the Japanese market. One week the news is that it's gonna take 100 percent BSE testing to access the market. Then, we hear the Japanese are considering excluding cattle under 20 months old with specified risk
by WLJ
2007 September 20
13, 2004 New cattle cost management software Cattleman's Calculator, Inc., announced the introduction of a new version of its successful and industry accepted Cattleman's Calculator livestock cost-projection software, in use of 16 years, which can now be used on Microsoft Windows handheld Pocket PC. In effect, this new software program
by WLJ
2007 September 20
13, 2004 $18M in assistance proposed As part of the new '2004 Ewe Lamb Replacement and Retention Payment Program' the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has proposed providing up to $18 million to sheep and lamb producers who have recently experienced reduced production and flock size, low prices, and poor market conditions. This
by WLJ
2007 September 20
20, 2004 OBC exec. moving on The Oklahoma Beef Council (OBC) announced last week that Michael Kelsey has resigned as the group's executive director, effective October 29, 2004, and that he has accepted the position of executive vice president of the Nebraska Cattlemen. Kelsey has been with the
by WLJ
2007 September 20
20, 2004 Thomas D. Guerin Thomas D. Guerin passed away on August 25, 2004 in Roseburg, OR. Born in Oakland, CA, Guerin knew nothing about cattle and ranching when he took over his father's ranch in 1943. Guerin had a commercial beef cattle operation and in his early
by WLJ
2007 September 20
27, 2004 Brazilian exports doubled Brazil exported nearly $243 million in beef products during August, a rise of 121.5 percent compared to August of 2003, according to Brazil's Beef Exporters Association. Through August, the industry has exported $1.55 billion worth of beef in 2004, more than
by WLJ
2007 September 17
Grazing is part of the solution Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) is a member organization dedicated to the preservation of ranches and rangelands in Nevada. The association supports and represents ecological and environmentally sustainable ranchers that operate on both private and public lands. As an association, we seek to create a stable business climate for our members in which they can run these viable operations. Over the past several years, fire has played a large role in Nevada, largely in the Great Basin ecosystem. The state of Nevada can be a harsh environment for those who work the land. Cattlemen are susceptible to
by WLJ
2007 September 17
—Surge in corn adds to caution in cattle markets. —Fed cattle supply supportive of higher cash ahead. Packers slowed their chain speeds last week in an effort to stay out of the market as long as possible. There were reports of dark plants last Monday and USDA pegged the harvest at just 113,000 head. For the week through Thursday, the tally was just 490,000 head compared to 502,000 during the same period in 2006. Packers were working to prevent the beef cutout from sliding any further as a result of soft retail movement. The added bonus for them came in the form
by WLJ
2007 September 17
—Findings could prompt movement on grazing buyout proposal. The findings of a recent study commissioned by National Center for Conservation Science and Policy (NCCSP), an Ashland, OR-based environmental group, will be included in a U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) analysis of grazing in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon. Ranchers, who have long been battling to keep cattle on the land, could face severe economic hardship if cattle are forced out of the area. The latest report in the long-running dispute could mean that cattle graziers will be the next group forced out of the monument. The study, released last
by WLJ
2007 September 10
Exports of U.S. beef continue to increase, thanks in part to promotions funded by U.S. beef producers through the Beef Checkoff Program. These efforts are coordinated on behalf of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and state beef councils by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). For the Beef Board’s fiscal year ending Sept. 30, more than $4.8 million in national checkoff funds is budgeted for foreign marketing. This national money was combined with checkoff funds from state beef councils and further supplemented with funds from the Market Access Program (MAP) of the USDA, leveraging the value of producer dollars to the
by WLJ
2007 September 10
In mid-August, officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Idaho seized 31 head of cattle from Oakley, ID, ranchers Jared and Bruce Bedke. According to Idaho BLM spokesman Barry Rose, those cattle will be sold to recoup more than $50,000 in administrative costs if the animals are not claimed by the Bedkes, who would also be required to pay the costs involved in the case. Jared Bedke said the issue started earlier this year when he and his father chose not to renew the permit for their grazing allotment. “We elected to exercise our property rights on our allotment,”
by WLJ
2007 September 10
Legislators in Colorado recently responded to an incident at the 2007 Colorado State Fair in Pueblo which kept two young 4-H’ers from participating in the livestock sale because of a new premise ID requirement. The new rule, created by the Colorado State Fair Board of Authority in January of this year, required all participants entering the livestock sale to have a valid premise ID registered under the government’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS). NAIS is a program which seeks to register all premises where livestock are kept in the U.S. in an effort to speed up the flow of information during
by WLJ
2007 September 10
Expect change, use caution Traditionally, the early summer video markets have a lot to do with setting the market and in eight out of 10 years, the market highs are found at that point. This year appears to be one of those exceptions, when feeder cattle prices get stronger going in to fall. September feeder cattle were $119.60 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange last week. The prices on last week’s Superior Video Auction responded to the board with yearling prices near or above that level based on a variety of trading criterion. With feeder cattle this high, a lot of the