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2017 October 13
The most recent Market Cow and Bull Audit has shown that the beef industry has made significant improvements in proper cow culling over the past 20 years. Nonetheless, ranchers need to make certain that cow culling continues to be done properly and profitably.
2017 October 13
Other large fires included the Tubbs Fire (34,270 acres) north of Santa Rosa in Sonoma and Napa counties, and the Redwood Valley Fire (30,000 acres) in Mendocino County. All three big fires had very little containment. The Tubbs Fire was the most contained at 10 percent.


by WLJ
2017 October 13
In Pete Crow’s Comments column last week (“Friend or Foe” in the Oct. 9 issue), he wrote that the Oklahoma Beef Council is audited every year by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. This was incorrect. A thirdparty accounting firm annually audits the Oklahoma Beef Council.
by WLJ
2017 October 13
Robert J. (Mac) McCalmant left his family and friends on Sept. 16 for Cowboy Heaven, passing peacefully in his sleep. That’s only the end of the story. The best part of the story happened in the 87 years he blessed us all by being such a wonderful part of our lives.
by WLJ
2017 October 13
Jared Miller, Leon, IA, was named Champion at the 2018 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Western Regional Qualifying Event Sept. 30. The auctioneering contest was hosted by Imperial Auction Market, Imperial, NE, and was the first of three qualifiers.


2017 October 13
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced on Oct. 5 that it is opening a public comment period to review sage-grouse management plans. The bureau said it will explore potential amendments to land-use plans to help improve conservation of the bird and to strengthen communication and collaboration between states and the federal government.


2017 October 6
A statement from the White House announcing the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” said the Trump administration, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance developed the plan to achieve pro-American, fiscally responsible tax reform.

2017 October 6
Many people recommend deep culling every year, but these recommendations are more suitable for seedstock herds rather than commercial herds. A lighter touch is appropriate for commercial herds because once a cow enters the herd, the producer has made an investment that takes years to recoup.

2017 October 6
Joseph “J.C.” Cayton Oliver III, 67, of Seneca, OR, passed away Sept. 21, 2017, at his home. A graveside service was held Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City, OR.



2017 October 6
The Cold Storage report indicated that frozen stocks were at 476.3 million pounds on Aug. 31. This represented a 10.3 percent increase in stocks as compared to July. On a percentage point basis, this was the largest increase for August stocks over July since 2002.

2017 October 6
President Donald Trump has never hidden the fact that he does not favor multicountry trade deals and acted quickly upon taking office to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. He also threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S.

2017 October 6
In the event of an animal disease outbreak, being able to quickly and efficiently trace the animals’ movement would be vital to controlling the outbreak. This is especially true with livestock and the topic was discussed recently at the Strategic Forum on Livestock Disease Traceability, in Denver, CO.

2017 September 29
As 2017 continues to set new records for wildfires, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators recently introduced a bill that would put an end to the practice of fire borrowing. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would treat wildfires as natural disasters and reform the way the federal government funds wildfires.
2017 September 29
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) launched a demonstration program on Sept. 22 that will allow stakeholders in the grazing community an opportunity to achieve rangeland health goals on public land while allowing greater flexibility in livestock management decisions.


by WLJ
2017 September 29
A ranch about five miles west of Dupuyer, MT, lost 10 calves the week of Sept. 18 to grizzly bears (http:// tinyurl.com/Griz-MT). The cattle were located in a creek bottom with thick willow cover and have since been moved to a different pasture to allow for better protection.
by WLJ
2017 September 29
While a career in law or politics could have been in his future, he chose the life of a cowboy. He had fond memories of working alongside many of the founding families of modern day Florida, as well as of the many Seminole Indians he befriended as a young man in the days before fences.


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