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by WLJ
2011 August 5
Most Nebraska land owners have experienced optimal precipitation this summer while devastation has been occurring in the drought-stricken areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is developing a list of individuals with available grass for lease or any other type of forage for sale to help our southern neighbors.
by WLJ
2011 August 5
Pfizer Inc. reported higher quarterly earnings last week as higher sales of animal health and nutritional products that the company aims to divest helped offset falling sales of its core pharmaceuticals business.
by WLJ
2011 August 5
The beef checkoff financial firewall at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) is functioning as it should, according to officials of both NCBA and the Cattlemens Beef Board (CBB), which oversees the Beef Checkoff Program.
by WLJ
2011 July 29
The U.S. semi-annual cattle inventory report released July 22 by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) confirmed what many industry analysts had been predicting for months; the U.S. cow herd continues to shrink and there is little likelihood the trend will reverse this year. The ongoing drought in the southern half of
2011 July 29
As Texas experiences one if its worst droughts on record, the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) in Amarillo, TX, is reporting increased numbers of cattle dying from water intoxication. Although rare, water intoxication occurs when cattle over-drink, usually following a period of water deprivation. It can
by WLJ
2011 July 29
There was some early light trade last week that appeared to be setting the tone for the fed cattle markets. In Kansas, live cattle were trading in low numbers at $107 live at midday last Thursday. In the Corn Belt, early dressed trade was reported at $170. Although the volume was light, it was expected that most of the week’s trade would
by WLJ
2011 July 29
Mike Enzi. Both are labeled the Livestock Marketing Fairness Act. Lummis says a lack of transparency in the marketplace can lead to price manipulation and abuse by some packers.
by WLJ
2011 July 29
He will speak at the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) conference Aug. 31-Sept. 1. A large attendance of producers is expected from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, says David Patterson, University of Missouri (MU) Extension beef reproduction specialist, Columbia.
by WLJ
2011 July 29
The quantity of beef available to consumers in the U.S. has declined a startling amount in recent years, and that trend is going to continue. Unfortunately, even higher retail beef prices can be expected for consumers, said Chris Hurt, a Purdue University Extension economist.
by WLJ
2011 July 29
Nearly all cow/calf producers will say their goal is to sell calves for a premium on sale day. However, most buyers will say their objective is to buy healthy calves as economically as possible. While these may seem like competing interests, both buyers and sellers can get what they want with calf preconditioning programs.
by WLJ
2011 July 29
An updated report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms that serious and significant differences exist between the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Bay Model and the model authored by the Agriculture Department.
by WLJ
2011 July 29
These are encouraging times for the U.S. farm economy, said AFBF Chief Economist Bob Young. Higher prices for corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans are helping farmers, but higher energy prices are impacting profit margins.
by WLJ
2011 July 29
The U.S. Cattlemens Association (USCA) last week released a joint letter from USCA and National Farmers Union (NFU) to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack indicating the two groups will host a national discussion of the beef checkoff and the programs future.


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