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2015 May 1
Even in the drought conditions facing many farmers this spring, there are crops which can survive, explained Ruth Beck, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.


by WLJ
2015 January 2
Why is it that nearly every article on beef cow nutrition seems to focus on body condition? Surely with all the advanced knowledge and research that has been done over the years we have something better to go on than a visual estimation of body fat on a cow to evaluate the success or failure of nutritional status.
by WLJ
2014 November 21
Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science Linda Prokopy and fellow researchers surveyed 6,795 people in the agricultural sector in 2011-2012 to determine their beliefs about climate change and whether variation in the climate is triggered by human activities, natural causes or an equal combination of both.
by WLJ
2014 June 13
In drought areas, many producers continue to incur additional feed costs that will reduce net returns, even at record calf prices, and, more importantly, many producers have reduced herd size resulting in fewer calves to sell and leading to reduced ranch returns, even with record per-head profitability.
by WLJ
2014 March 7
Elliott identified three key components to managing beef genetics: genetic management; organization design; and market differentiation mechanisms. The main area discussed was genetic management, what it means and how producers can use it to increase their profitability.
by WLJ
2013 November 1
Colorado’s mountain snowfall is elevation-dependent and accumulates in nearly equal amounts on the east and west faces of the Continental Divide.
by WLJ
2013 September 13
A “descending” method was used for these auctions, starting with a high price and going lower until the first person to bid was the purchaser, as long as the minimum price set by the seller was met. The buyer could get a return of money if he and his new spouse did not get along well, but unlike a horse, maidens could not be “tried” before auction.
by WLJ
2013 July 26
When you sell your calves at the local auction market, you pay your $1-per-head beef checkoff to invest in maintaining strong demand for your product. But did you know that when you harvest an animal and sell the beef through a farmers market, online, or to your friends and neighbors, you also need to pay your share of the checkoff, too?.
by WLJ
2013 April 19
South Dakota hay prices have been at high levels throughout the 2012 marketing year. Based on numbers from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, March alfalfa prices were at $230 per ton and have remained steady for several months. The March price for other hay reached a record high of $170 per ton.
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2013 April 19
A Utah rancher last week testified before Congress on behalf of the Public Lands Council (PLC), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association (UCA) in support of legislation to bring transparency and local input to the national monuments designation process.
2013 April 12
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2012 October 19
More than 16,000 licensed partners around the world made that possible by capitalizing on the consistent dining experience the premium brand brought to consumers as prices for all beef continued higher. Sales totaled 811 million pounds, surpassing last year’s record by 4 million pounds and up 49 percent from just six years ago.
by WLJ
2012 June 15
GenVec has received conditional approval from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for its cattle vaccine for foot and mouth disease (FMD). This is the first FMD vaccine licensed by the USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics.
by WLJ
2012 June 11
An upcoming bus tour of Laramie and Centennial, WY, will showcase how Wyoming agriculture producers are using innovative ideas to add value to their operations from guest ranch services, hunting business, all-natural grass-fed beef and lamb to chemical-free produce.
by WLJ
2012 May 18
Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 19, 2012, at First United Methodist Church with Jeff Taylor and Dr. Max Browning officiating. Interment followed at Parklawn Memorial Gardens under the personal care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Plainview.
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2012 February 24
“Our goal with the Beef PEP program is to improve profitability and lower the cost of production,” said Dr. Tom Hairgrove, AgriLife Extension animal health specialist and program coordinator. “A producer in this program gets a complete examination of their operation and comes away with several methods to help improve their bottom line.
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2012 February 24
The weakened economy continues to take its toll at the meat case, according to results from this year’s annual Power of Meat study released Feb. 21 at the Annual Meat Conference.
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2011 October 29
With salmonella-tainted ground turkey sickening more than 100 people and listeria-contaminated cantaloupes killing 15 this year, the ability to detect outbreaks of food-borne illness and determine their sources has become a top public health priority.
by WLJ
2011 October 29
Sixty percent of the ecosystem services that all life depends on are being degraded and used in ways that cannot be sustained. This is the conclusion of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a scientific report about human interaction with the lands and waters of our world.
2011 March 18
Livestock producers won a major court victory last week over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA. EPA had been seeking to require livestock operations which had the potential to discharge waste into waters of the U.S. to obtain a
2011 January 21
One fundamental point often is overlooked among all the charts, trends and rhetoric about the beef business. The beef business does not exist without the business of the cow. The cow business is the foundation of the beef business. Without cows, there is no beef or beef business.
2010 October 1
Sept. 27, Taylor, NE 13 Spring heifer calves .....$7,012 1 Flush ..................................7,500 2 Fall bred heifers ................8,000 28 Bred heifers ....................3,743 Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar.
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2010 September 3
Cattle producers from 29 states consigned over 148,000 head of stockers, feeders and bred stock to the Superior Livestock satellite video auction. The auction was held in and broadcast live from the Holiday Inn in Sheridan, WY. Due to the rise in market demand, all classes of cattle were $3-10 higher.
by WLJ
2010 June 11
Antimicrobial drugs are considered one of the medical miracles of this day and age and everyone from those within the medical establishment to those in production agriculture, and everyone in between, has the common desire for antibiotics to remain safe and effective for human and animal use alike.
by WLJ
2010 April 23
Taiwan health authorities will approve the application from a local beef importer to buy 453 kilograms (998.7 pounds) of U.S. beef offal as long as high-risk internal organs are not included in the shipment, the authorities said last week.
by WLJ
2010 February 12
Chandra Devine, a high school senior at Macksville High School in Seward, KS, has been named winner of the 2010 National Beef Industry Scholarship sponsored by CME Group and the National Cattlemens Foundation (NCF). Ten outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry have each been awarded $1,500 scholarships in the program.
2009 April 10
JAYNBEE ANGUS RANCH AND EMTMANS TRIPLE E ANGUS March 28, Davenport, WA 46 Jaynbee bulls . . . . . . . . .$1,783 19 Emtman bulls . . . . . . . . . .2,100 5 Bred females/pairs. . . . . . .1,310 12 Open heifers . . . . . . . . . . . . 931 5 Open comm. heifers . . . . . . 610.
by WLJ
2009 March 27
As ranchers face everclimbing input costs, there is hope among some that producers will no longer have to sort through countless expected progeny difference (EPD) tables to assess the potential gains in profitability offered by a particular sire.
by WLJ
2009 March 27
Sale Calendar is a service to our advertisers. There is a minimum advertising requirement to be eligible to be listed in the sale calendar. Contact your fieldman for more information, or to have your date added to the Sale Calendar. We will only run auction sale dates or private treaty start dates.
2009 March 20
While your calves are frisking in the sun, the last thing on their minds should be the first thing on yours. The fact that your cows gave birth to calves creates a wellspring of opportunity that can trickle along toward sale day or grow to a profitable river.
2009 March 13
It?s interesting to get other people?s impressions on different things, espe ci al l y from folks who don?t necessarily have a background in our industry. Sometimes you can explain something to them and they still don?t have the foggiest idea of what you are talking about.
2009 March 13
It?s the 1970s. An air-dried Polaroid shows your leisure suit and platform shoes, just before you hop into your pickup and check the CB for friends talking skip. At home, you play a new video game called Pong, but don?t know anything about computers. Radio Shack?s ad on the sports page says you need one.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
JBS S.A. has named beef industry veteran Rich Vesta as president and chief operating officer of the company?s U.S. beef operations based in Greeley, CO, the company said in a press release.
by WLJ
2009 March 13
XP 820 represents the most significant advancement in insecticide tag technology in over 20 years. XP 820 is labeled for use on beef cattle, non-lactating dairy cattle, and calves.
2009 March 6
There was a pleasant view as I went to the auction barn the other day. The semitrailer truck was sitting in the parking lot with a load of alfalfa hay. Under many situations, no one would really notice, but the long, drawn-out winter has many producers checking their hay inventory as frequently as the weather forecast.
2009 March 6
The farming, livestock and horse industries are facing challenges in hard economic times. These industries serve the economic lifeblood of millions of Americans, not only owners, but related industries and services as well. Casualties and setbacks from economic forces are recurring problems making it difficult to make a profit on a consistent basis.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Cargill has begun construction on an expansion of its Plainview, TX, beef plant, according to the plant?s general manager, Jim Rathke. The expansion adds a finely textured beef operation to the existing facility, and beef product that is 93 percent to 96 percent lean as an ingredient in the company?s ground beef, Rathke said.
2009 March 6
Harry?s first cowboy job was when he was 14 and his last when he was 75 for his good friend Paul Lowrey. He also packed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, rode race horses, working in a rock quarry and logged. He had many stallions and brood mares through the years.
by WLJ
2009 March 6
Sale Calendar is a service to our advertisers. There is a minimum advertising requirement to be eligible to be listed in the sale calendar. Contact your fieldman for more information, or to have your date added to the Sale Calendar. We will only run auction sale dates or private treaty start dates.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
With producers in Canada and Mexico eyeing the U.S. trade practices suspiciously and waiting for answers, a U.S. group recently seized the opportunity to offer them a forum to express their displeasure with trade agreements. The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) met in Billings, MT, and brought together livestock groups from the U.
by WLJ
2009 February 27
The cash fed cattle market improved some last week as futures markets posted increases in early week trade and cutout values finally found a level of support. Those two factors helped improve sentiment, and trade looked to be steady to $1 higher when it developed.
2009 February 20
The IRS is focusing more on audits in the farming, livestock and horse industries in which taxpayers are claiming six figures or more in tax deductions. This often pertains to taxpayers who are employed full time in a profession and operate the farm or other activity on a parttime basis, often relying on managers and contract employees.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Canadian beef exporters will have access to the lucrative Saudi Arabian market for the first time since 2003, said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. ?Step by step, this government is reopening markets to Canadian beef producers,? said Ritz.
2009 February 20
Dear Pete, I wanted to comment on your Comments?COOL is cool. I totally agree with your assessment of COOL and your comments in reference to NAIS. I agree that we should let the marketplace work its magic.
2009 February 20
TREASURE BULL TEST Treasure Bull Test has now completed 100 days of their test on 150 Angus bulls, 18 Simm x Angus bulls and 10 Chi x Angus bulls. The 137 spring Angus bulls on test are gaining 3.22 lbs. per day with an average weight per day of age (WDA) of 3.07 lbs.
by WLJ
2009 February 20
Sale Calendar is a service to our advertisers. There is a minimum advertising requirement to be eligible to be listed in the sale calendar. Contact your fieldman for more information, or to have your date added to the Sale Calendar. We will only run auction sale dates or private treaty start dates.
2009 February 13
Most North American cowherds calve in the ?spring,? very broadly defined as January to May because folks contending with wind chill don?t want to admit they calve in the winter. Spring continues for the first three weeks of June, but we tend to call that summer calving.
2009 February 13
A troubling event occurred this past week at an auction barn. There was a feeling of ?not wanting,? but also a feeling of ?that is the way it is.? The auction barn is known as a social center and a place to sell cattle. People share stories and experiences that go along with an industry that is speckled with considerable individualism.
by WLJ
2009 February 13
South Korea?s department stores are considering selling U.S. beef following local discount retailers? resumption of its sale in November last year. Lotte Department Store, the nation?s leading department store chain, is gearing up for the sale of U.S.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Cows should not be giftwrapped. Very few questions are ever asked by those planning to purchase replacement cows. Not even simple questions, such as are the cows vaccinated or what vaccinations have the cows received? The history of a cow is perhaps more important than the wrapping.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
JBS S.A. officials were scheduled to appear Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court in Chicago for a hearing on proceedings in a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit that seeks to block the company from acquiring National Beef Packing Co. Media coverage of the previous hearing held Jan.
by WLJ
2009 January 30
Colostrum intake is critical for the newborn calf, says Greg Lardy, a North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. ?At birth, a calf?s immune system is not fully developed,? he says. ?The calf must rely on colostrum from the cow until its own immune system is totally functional (about 1 to 2 months of age).
2009 January 30
Are a few no-sale land auctions indicative of a radical new attitude toward farmland investment? Does the hint of deflation encourage buyers to postpone purchases hoping land will be cheaper next year than today? What would it take for farmland to...
2009 January 30
Sale, Prescott Livestock Auction, Chino Valley, AZ Mar. 7.
2009 January 16
Our input has been well received, and we are pleased with the dialogue to date. As the oldest and largest national association representing beef producers, NCBA has worked with seven Democrat and 12 Republican administrations since 1898. With each new administration, we face new challenges.
2009 January 16
The coffee chat is filled with many opinions about how to buy bulls. The art of buying a bull requires an open mind, homework, and a vision for the future of a producer?s cowherd. For example, we turn to the nutritionists if we want to get a better understanding on how cattle can utilize peas in rations.
2009 January 16
Checkoff investments have been helping the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) promote U.S. beef with South Korean butcher shops and neighborhood restaurants since early September. Meanwhile, South Korea?s three major discount retailers?E-Mart, Home Plus and Lotte Mart?resumed sales of U.
2009 January 16
Washington state Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, died Dec. 25, about a year after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. A farmer and rancher from the Franklin County town of Mesa, WA, Hailey was elected on his second try in 2006, narrowly beating fellow Republican Joe Schmick in the Republican primary.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
When USDA graders stamp carcasses, they estimate the eating experience for consumers and provide report cards for producers. They also measure cutability, or red meat yield. Most carcasses are graded, but very few qualify for the top of the USDA pyramid.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
Cornbelt agriculture has benefited from the ethanol market that will consume an estimated 3.7 billion bushels of corn this marketing year and has created a premium pricing environment for the corn grower. 2009 will produce an estimated 11 billion gallons of ethanol en route to the 2015 mandate of 15 billion gallons.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
A three-year wintering investigation was conducted at Dickinson Research Extension Center in North Dakota to determine the effect of hay feeding methods on cow wintering cost. The average amount of hay wasted needs to be calculated when determining how much hay to provide to cows every day or when making forage purchases.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
Longtime family feeding operation Curtis Custom Feeders, located in Connell, WA, is challenging the current economic climate. Jeff Curtis, owner and president, has hired Robert H. ?Bob? Lundgren, DVM as the feedlot general manager. Lundgren, well known as manager of McGregor Feedlot and owner of Lundgren, Inc.
by WLJ
2009 January 9
Dimke was born in Lewiston on Jan. 14, 1949. Raised in Clarkston, he graduated from Clarkston High School in 1967 and then attended Lewis-Clark State College. The following year, he married Janice, his perfect match, even 40 years later.
2008 December 19
The Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand posted sales of 634 million pounds in 2008, the highest mark in its 30-year history, the Wooster, OH-based company announced. The achievement was an increase of 51 million pounds, or 8.8 percent, compared with 2007 sales.
2008 December 16
Following is a listing of the requirements for importing cattle into individual states. Because regulations are changed frequently, producers moving cattle across state lines should always contact the state veterinarian for the most current import requirements.
2008 December 12
We have no concerns about liquidity today, he said. Analysts have said JBS enjoyed such a cash position because it hasnt been able to buy National Beef Packing Co.
by WLJ
2008 November 11
Less than a week after the U.S. elections, South Korea is taking preemptive steps to stop any possibility of renegotiating the terms of the free trade agreement, including beef trade between the two countries.
by WLJ
2008 November 11
The American Farm Bureau Federation today said a new approach is needed in world trade talks, citing the stalled Doha round of negotiations. AFBF President Bob Stallman said his organization will shortly begin discussions with domestic and international business and trade leaders in an effort to find a new way to move forward.
by WLJ
2008 November 11
JBS S.A. recently reported a giant boost in earnings during the company’s fiscal third quarter, citing the depreciation of the Brazilian real against the dollar and rising exports. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the Sao Paulo-based beef producer said it netted a profit of $318 million, compared with a loss of $36.9 million in the same period a year earlier. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose to $221.9 million, up from $82.5 million a year earlier.
by WLJ
2008 November 11
Trading was mostly inactive in all feeding regions. Not enough sales for an adequate market trend. Last week live sales sold from 90.00-94.00 and dressed sales sold from 140.00-147.00 in the Northern Plains and IA/MN. In Kansas dressed sales sold from 148.50-149.00.
by WLJ
2008 November 11
USDA increased its ending stock forecast for corn last week as part of its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE).
by WLJ
2008 November 11
Tyson Foods Inc. reported a 50 percent increase in fiscal fourth-quarter net income as strength in the company’s beef and pork segments more than offset losses from the poultry business.
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