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by WLJ
2005 May 16
— Northwest most susceptible region. What exactly is the risk of a BSE epidemic occurring in North America? That is the question that four USDA, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) epidemiologists wanted to answer. To decipher that answer the USDA APHIS employees traveled to Canada, the origination point of each of the four
by WLJ
2005 May 16
Producers may again have access to grazing allotments which have been hard to get to since since 2001 due to the Roadless Rule imposed by former President Bill Clinton. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently announced that the Roadless Rule has been overturned and now state governors will have the authority to conserve and manage this federal land.
by WLJ
2005 May 16
Trace mineral deficiencies occur more often than most producers realize. The reason trace mineral deficiencies can become a big problem is because the producer does not recognize the specific symptoms and, instead, the animal grows or reproduces at a reduced rate, uses feed less efficiently and operates with a depressed immune system. The end result of this scenario
by WLJ
2005 May 16
— Fuel prices, freight industry competition cited. Ready availability of livestock hauling trucks is in severe jeopardy later this year, according to livestock transportation sources. The pending shortage is expected due to a combination of increased fuel costs and competition coming from other industries. Prior to the jump in fuel prices several years ago,
by WLJ
2005 May 16
Congressional aides and livestock industry lobbyists said last week that House and Senate committees are expected to soon vote on proposals to reinstate the ban on the sale of wild horses and burros and the ban on slaughtering of all horses. House bill HR 503, first introduced on Feb. 1, would amend the Horse Protection
by WLJ
2005 May 16
“Where’s Wilbur?” That was the signature line for many of Wilbur Plaugher’s rodeo performances over the years. Where is Wilbur? Now he is at home on his ranch near Sanger, CA, and doing great. Recently I met Wilbur at Western Stockman’s Market, Famoso, CA, when my good friend Skinner Hardy introduced me to him. I was excited
by WLJ
2005 May 9
Tyson settles federal case Tyson Foods has paid a $1.5 million fine and its former senior chairman, Don Tyson, has paid $700,000 to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that the company had failed to disclose certain benefits paid to Tyson over the past several years. Don Tyson also repaid $1.516 million to the company.
by WLJ
2005 May 9
Canada’s Competition Bureau last week announced it had completed an investigation into allegations that Canadian beef processors colluded and unfairly depressed the prices paid for fed cattle over the last 18 months and found there to be no wrongdoing by packers. The bureau did say that beef prices remained stable with the previous
by WLJ
2005 May 9
It looks like trade with Japan may happen soon, as it was announced last week that Japan was ready to repeal their 100 percent BSE testing law. This has been the major obstacle in getting any serious negotiations started on resuming trade. Changing this law was absolutely the first thing that had to happen for any trade to start.
by WLJ
2005 May 9
USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, made a plea to producers for transparency and communication throughout the agriculture industry last week during a message he gave to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Washington, D.C. Johanns’ goal was to solicit comments from farmers and ranchers for the new Farm Bill. “The new
by WLJ
2005 May 9
A struggling futures market and projections for less-than-stellar post Mother’s Day beef demand left cattle feeders settling for cash cattle prices $2-4 softer than the previous week. However, even with that decline, most cattle were bringing a $50-or-more profit to producers. Trade was mostly complete in the northern tier states last Wednesday afternoon,
by WLJ
2005 May 9
— Import rule expected May 27. Changes to Japan’s BSE testing rules are expected to be formally completed May 12, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) last week. In addition, the Japanese Food Safety Commission (FSC) is expected to formally publish proposed
by WLJ
2005 May 9
The United States’ beef industry lost between $3.2 and $4.7 billion in exports last year since the discovery of the one case of BSE within its borders, according to a study conducted by Kansas State University's Research and Extension department. The report also concluded that voluntary testing for the disease would have provided an economic gain to the beef
by WLJ
2005 May 9
Promoting the safety of U.S. beef is the primary goal of a week-long tour of U.S. beef industry facilities by South Korean government officials and consumers. If the Korean contingent view the safety protocols in place as sufficient, it is possible a process to resolve the ongoing ban on U.S. beef could be reinitiated.
by WLJ
2005 May 9
If you are audited by the IRS for a cattle or horse industry activity, at an initial interview you likely would be asked the following questions: Have you relied upon any experts or advisers? Cite instances where you have chosen to implement your adviser’s recommendations? How did the adviser’’s recommendations impact the performance of the
by WLJ
2005 May 9
An answer to a six-letter bad word Dear Editor: I read with some amusement and a certain amount of amazement Mr. Scheifelbein’s comments in the April 25 issue of your paper. Our society has long accepted that our capitalistic economy should seek and attain a number of goals; efficiency, consumer sovereignty, stable prices, sufficient competition
by WLJ
2005 May 9
— Cold still a concern. The abnormally wet winter and spring in a large majority of the country has resulted in the best nationwide spring pasture and range conditions so far this decade. According to USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), 57 percent of the pasture and range in the continental U.S. was
by WLJ
2005 May 9
— Larger shipments slated in mid-May. Taiwanese demand for U.S. beef has been called very good since that country reopened its border to U.S. product April 16. However, the continued exclusion of bone-in product will keep total U.S. beef exports to Taiwan well below pre-BSE levels, according to officials with the U.S. Meat Export Federation
by WLJ
2005 May 9
Congressional Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, and Marion Berry, D-AR, introduced a voluntary country-of-origin labeling (COOL) bill for beef, pork and lamb that, if passed, would replace the current mandatory labeling language on the books. The bill was named the Meat Promotion Act of 2005 and designated number HR 2068. Under the proposed language,
by WLJ
2005 May 2
The market situation, international trade, animal ID, beef and other products, demand, and what’s going on in the wholesale and retail sectors are all subjects on the forefront of producers’ minds these days. Jim Robb, center director for Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), recently spoke to producers and other beef industry members about these


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