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by WLJ
2015 December 18
Thursday, Jan. 7 8:00 a.m., Angus “Yards” Cattle Arrival, Stockyards 8:00 a.m., Wool Show Judging, Stadium Hall 1 9:00 a.m., Shorn Fleece/Fiber Show (Alpaca & Llama), Stadium Hall 1 12:00 p.m., Catch-A-Calf Arrival, Cattle Barn, 12:00 p.m., Kick-Off Parade, Downtown Denver 12:00 p.

2015 December 18
The CME is a private marketplace with a board of directors and shareholders, who expect a return on their investments. They are in the business of conducting a trading platform for a variety of markets. As far as they’re concerned, the more contracts the better.



2015 December 18
This concept is an outcome from the question, “When should I calve?” For the past four years, the center has calved on grass. Initially, the May- and June-born calves at the center were weaned at the traditional early November dates, held in confinement pens for up to a month and then put back out on winter paddocks and supplemented.

2015 December 18
Small cow herds started up 10,000 years ago when the first farmers decided they would rather herd cattle than hunt them. Cows became second nature to farmers over the millennia and made the trip to America with Spanish expeditions more than 500 years ago.



2015 December 11
It might be time to start praying for that Christmas miracle in the markets this year, because things are ugly and just keep getting worse. Cash cattle and feeders were down, futures for both live and feeders were down, and wholesale meat prices were the relative bright star at a weak steady.


2015 December 11
October beef exports rebounded to some degree from their low September totals, but were still down 14 percent from a year ago in volume at 94,524 metric tons (mt) and fell 26 percent (to $508.2 million) compared to the record-high value posted in October 2014 ($687.


by DTN
2015 December 11
The cost is a variable, depending on the types of assets transferred and your attorney fees to draft the documents. The IRS has issued sample pre-approved CRT documents, which makes it easier for the attorney (see Rev. Proc. 2003- 54).


by WLJ
2015 December 11
Due to the slower pace of fed cattle marketings seen in recent months, the estimated beef production for 2015 declined 50 million pounds (mp) to 23.73 billion pounds (bp). Reduced placements of light cattle late in 2015 are also expected to reduce the estimated 2016 production to 24.


2015 December 11
On Dec. 7 the World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized Canada and Mexico to assess over $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs on a wide range of U.S. products due to the dispute over United States’ country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule. The rule that mandates meat labeling showS where an animal was born, raised and slaughtered.


2015 December 11
The gray wolf has not been in California for almost 100 years, but in 2011 a wolf known as OR7 from Oregon made its way into the state for a brief stay before returning to Oregon where he found a mate, sired two sets of pups and has remained.


by WLJ
2015 December 11
Farmers and ranchers were reminded by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) opened last week, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016.


2015 December 11
As the air turns crisp and the leaves change color, replacement heifer selection begins to weigh on cattle producers’ minds. The process can be confusing and stressful for producers, as the decisions made can directly impact the future of their program.


2015 December 11
Vilsack points to a recent Economic Research Service report, which showed projected declines in production in most commodities around the country from higher temperatures. Climate change is going to hurt farm income in some parts of the country without adaptation and mitigation, he said.


by WLJ
2015 December 11
The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) participated in an Iowa meat trade mission trip to meat retailers and packers in China and Japan from Nov. 14-17. IBIC representatives included Executive Director Chris Freland and beef producer Jenni Peters, Bellevue, IA.


by WLJ
2015 December 11
The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) recognized six individuals who joined the organization in 1965 for 50 years of continuous membership during the KLA Convention Dec. 2. The group currently has 98 members who have been members a half-century or longer.


by DTN
2015 December 11
“What’s interesting to us is U.S. farm assets versus debts,” McBride said. “As a banker, one of the things we focus on is, does anybody get over-leveraged when their financial situation changes? We feel generally that farmers are in solid shape financially.


by WLJ
2015 December 11
Most instances of poor reproductive performance in a herd are due to inadequate nutrition. Body condition score (BCS) is a proven tool to determine nutritional status of an animal. The Beef Improvement Federation emphasizes that, “Current body condition influences subsequent growth, reproduction, milk production and life span.


2015 December 11
World Trade Organization (WTO) allowed Mexico and Canada tariff relief over country-oforigin labeling (COOL) last week. The WTO ruled several times against the COOL law, which violated U.S. trade obligations and discriminates against Canadian and Mexican CROW.




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