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2017 September 1
His predictions seemed to come true by the time the bulk of the week’s trade got underway. By close of trade Thursday, over 52,000 head of fed cattle traded on the cash negotiated market at $102-105 (average $104.70) live and $164-166 (average $165.07) dressed.


2017 September 1
A cowboy moves cattle near the Jim Sage Mountains of Idaho on the same day officials from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game unanimously voted against allowing hunters to bait wolves. Hunting is part of the state’s wolf management plan.
2017 September 1
Two men involved in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff between citizens and the BLM walked free on Aug. 22. In this, the second trial related to the standoff, a federal jury found Richard Lovelien of Oklahoma and Steven Stewart of Idaho not guilty of 10 felony charges brought by the federal government.


2017 September 1
August saw the release of the 2017 Sheep Industry Economic Impact Study. This was the most recent such study since 2011. The study reported very encouraging impacts of the U.S. sheep industry, but it also noted that sheep and lamb producers face a lot of unknowns.


by WLJ
2017 September 1
The United Soybean Board (USB) recently announced that Polly Ruhland will become the new chief executive officer effective Nov. 1. She currently serves as CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), a position she has held for just over six years.
by WLJ
2017 September 1
Claudia was very busy participating in her immediate family’s activities and took great pride in their achievements and successes. Later in life she spent a lot of quality time in her yard and garden at their residence in Powell Butte.
by WLJ
2017 September 1
Last Tuesday, Rep. John Faso (R-NY-19) introduced a bill to amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act of 1961. The amendment seeks to “provide for a five-year extension of the appropriate technology transfer for rural areas program.” As currently read, the act authorizes appropriations for technology transfer through September 2018.
by WLJ
2017 September 1
“Remaining true to form, today the CWGA is once again acknowledging the importance of staying relevant to the contemporary styles of the times by evolving the design of its logo, a tradition like turning a chapter in the story of the association,” declared the group in its announcement of the change.
by USDA
2017 September 1
Ongoing innovations in agriculture have enabled a single farmer, or farm family, to manage more acres or more animals. Farmers who take advantage of these innovations to expand their operations can reduce costs and raise profits because they can spread their investments over more acres.
2017 August 25
International beef trade issues continue to be dynamic and are impacting cattle prices short and long term. The U.S. is a major producer of beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the world and also a major exporter of those commodities. The U.S. also is a major importer of beef.
2017 August 25
All-fresh retail beef prices were $5.833/lb. in July, up 1.0 percent year-over-year. All-fresh beef prices have increased each month this year since January. July Choice beef prices were $6.10/lb., down from the June level of $6.207/lb. but fractionally higher than July of 2016.
2017 August 25
While yields were estimated to be below last year’s in the central and western Corn Belt, yields were higher across the South and Northeast. Record high yields were estimated in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York.
2017 August 25
According to Kansas State University’s (K-State’s) Kansas Feedlot Net Return series, the projected net return for steers in Kansas feedyards was $136 per head for July closeouts. In fact, each month in 2017 has seen positive returns with some months in the late pring showing more than $300-per-head returns.
2017 August 25
Many Oklahoma ranchers choose to breed the replacement heifers about a month ahead of the mature cows in the herd. In addition, they like to use a shortened 30- to 60-day breeding season for the replacement heifers. The next logical step is to determine which of these heifers failed to conceive in their first breeding season.
2017 August 25
Dr. Jay Angerer, an Agri- Life Research rangeland ecologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Temple, TX, recently co-published, “Long-term declines in dietary nutritional quality for North American cattle,” in Environmental Research Letters with Dr.
by WLJ
2017 August 25
He pointed out that unusual volumes of rain happening at unusual times earlier this year had delayed corn plantings by over two weeks in some parts of the Corn Belt.
2017 August 25
Funk was challenged somewhat because there’s no legislation to actually point to—just the goals of the Trump administration and ideas that have been proposed by all sides. Without specifics in hand, Funk was still able to highlight that simply changing tax rates doesn’t translate into a positive outcome for businesses.
2017 August 25
The online tool being piloted by rangeland ecologists Dr. Bill Fox and Dr. Jay Angerer at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Temple, TX, along with collaborators from the Texas A&M Agri Life Extension Service and the Texas Grazing...


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