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by WLJ
2011 June 3
Hamburgers and hot dogs arent the only things being devoured at Memorial Day celebrations this year. So are the food budgets of backyard barbecue hosts and hostesses, said American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle in a guest editorial published recently in the Sacramento Bee.
by DTN
2011 June 3
With May fed cattle supplies hitting highs not seen since 2007, and beef in storage marking a 10-year peak, there are some serious questions in the cattle industry concerning where prices are headed going into the fall. The general consensus on selling feeder cattle: Wait, if you can.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Were encouraging people to rerecord their brands as soon as possible, Grainger said. There have been cases in the past where people didnt rerecord their brands in a timely manner, then forgot to do it and ended up losing their brands..
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Exports of Washingtongrown products have reached a new high. From Oct. 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011, the value of Washington-origin farm and seafood products has set a record pace.
by DTN
2011 June 3
In a signal of the growing unpopularity of farm programs, the House Appropriations Committee last Tuesday approved amendments to the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill to impose stricter income limits on farmers who get commodity payments.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
When Dave Nichols and Dr. Doyle Wilson hatched the notion of using ultrasound in beef production on that infamous plane ride nearly two decades ago, the idea was to identify seedstock with a propensity for heavy marbling.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
In a surprising shift last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar issued an order to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey reversing course on the proposed Wild Lands initiative which had created so much controversy among resource users.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF&WHC) has announced the fourth class of inductions into the MCHF. The inductees were chosen from candidates nominated by the public and trustees of MCHF&WHC who made a notable contribution to the history and culture of Montana through 1960, no matter the year of death or closure.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
At a sale barn, everyone is looking for a good deal. Theres opportunity for profit, but commingling cattle from different backgrounds isnt always a bargain. The bacteria cattle can be exposed to put them at risk for developing bovine respiratory disease (BRD).
by WLJ
2011 June 3
As the season and type of cattle vary, the challenge of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) may increase. Sticking to the fundamentals of evaluating an anti-infective treatment can help producers and veterinarians implement and evaluate the success of their program, which goes hand-inhand with better profitability.
by DTN
2011 June 3
Terry Slusher of Floyd, VA, received a wake-up call several years ago. Slusher sent five steers to a feedlot as part of a commingled truckload in an Extension demonstration project. The Blue Ridge Mountain cattleman expected his calves to be top performers.
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Unlike most ranchers, Texan Richard Garza Ray no longer looks forward to wide open spaces. The Starr County cattleman stays in his house, where he said there is a loaded gun in every room. He ventures out only when necessary to check cattle and fix fences and water lines cut by those crossing his ranch on foot.
by WLJ
2011 May 27
At a press conference last Tuesday, several agriculture groups stood together with U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, and called for immediate passage of the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The hold-up is costing agricultural trade in financial terms and it is also cutting
2011 May 27
An unusually wet spring across the Northwest this year found many ranchers in Tehama County, CA, putting off branding in hopes of drier weather. But as ranchers waited for the skies to clear, other eyes were also watching, and waiting. With an abundance of slick calves on the ground and cattle prices at unprecedented highs, the opportunity
by WLJ
2011 May 27
The May 1 Cattle on Feed report caught the marketplace off guard two weeks ago, showing a significant backlog of cattle may be ahead this summer. Inventory and placement numbers had been running ahead of year-ago levels for the first four months of the year, a trend that continued through May. According to
by WLJ
2011 May 27
A fiscal year 2012 funding bill approved last Tuesday by the House Agriculture Ap- propriations Subcommittee would not cut the crop insur- ance program as the initial draft seemed to indicate, but many other agriculture, nu- trition and international food aid programs would lose money.


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