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2011 March 18
When you attend any gathering of ranchers, you may notice that bald and gray seem to be the trendy hairstyles. A new program in South Dakota, called beefSD, is hoping to add some younger hairstyles to these gatherings by helping less experienced ranchers get their feet in the gate of the ranching
by WLJ
2011 March 11
The U.S. and Mexico appear to have reached an agreement to lift a series of retaliatory tariffs slapped on U.S. agricultural goods as a result of a dispute over cross-border trucking. In a joint press conference last week, President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon said they had agreed in
2011 March 11
Most ranch owners roll out of bed each morning with the intention of doing what’s right: for the cows, for the calves, and for the land they graze on. Obviously, it literally pays to be a good land steward; good grazing practices mean healthier range, taller grass, and higher weaning weights. But for most of us, doing what’s right
by WLJ
2011 March 11
The push to eliminate subsidies to the ethanol industry took a big step forward last week as a bi-partisan bill was introduced in the Senate by influential members. The bill, introduced last Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-OK, and Ben Cardin, D-MD, would end controversial support for ethanol plants. The two senators
by WLJ
2011 March 3
The short supply of corn available to users has pushed prices sharply higher this year and there are few indications that demand has been rationed yet. The 2010/2011 marketing year crop was reported almost a billion bushels short of early season projections, leaving ending stocks at a projected 5 percent of
2011 March 3
To people in the business of working with cattle and horses, the saying "slower is faster" is a time-worn chestnut. Ramming and jamming cows can cause a wholesale run-back, ruining an hour or a day’s work. Pushing a young horse or dog too hard and too fast can cause issues that take months to undo. Sometimes
by WLJ
2011 March 3
In Montana, there has been a growing amount of concern over the acquisition of private land by public entities in recent years. A number of proposed laws have been discussed—both inside the state and out—to block the government from purchasing any additional land until the recent bunch of purchases can be
2011 February 25
Tensions over the relisted gray wolf were ratcheted up several more notches last week when Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer issued a blunt statement to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar blasting the government for dallying over resolving the wolf issue. Schweitzer clearly indicated that Montana will
by WLJ
2011 February 25
Cattle on feed inventories were reportedly 6 percent above year-earlier figures, according to USDA’s Cattle on Feed report issued Feb. 18. The inventory number was largely inline with pre-report estimates. Analysts noted that the increase, while steep, is coming off a very small inventory number
2011 February 25
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) confirmation of two wolf kills near Joseph, OR, last week marked the predator’s return to calving grounds in Wallowa County. The event also has area ranchers concerned that they may be faced with heavy livestock losses similar to those felt in
2011 February 18
Whether more than 500 Yellowstone National Park bison should be sent to a packing plant for slaughter has turned into a legal shootout at the Stephens Creek corrals near Gardiner, MT, where the potentially infected iconic buffalo have been detained after migrating out of the park in search of food.
2011 February 18
Western Watersheds Project is on a roll. The anti-grazing group’s policy of targeting grazing permit renewals on public lands in order to curtail or eliminate livestock use has proven highly effective for the second time this year. On Feb. 11, the Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals ordered the Bureau
by WLJ
2011 February 18
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack rolled out the newly proposed budget for USDA last week. The proposal includes several cuts for farm programs, including an overall $24 billion drop in discretionary spending by the agency on farm safety net programs, conservation programs, rural development and research programs. Much of the decline
by WLJ
2011 February 11
CattleFax analysts said during their presentation at the Annual Cattle Industry Convention that there are many reasons to be optimistic about the cattle markets during the year ahead, but also many reasons to be cautious. The weather would also be a significant factor in the year ahead as La Nina conditions continue to dominate U.S.
by WLJ
2011 February 11
USDA lowered its forecast for corn carryover for the 2010-2011 marketing year, adding to the bullish sentiment in the grain markets. Other U.S. grain stocks were unchanged, while the changes to world supplies were relatively minor. According to USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate the ending stocks for U.S. corn will fall to 675 million bushels, down from
2011 February 11
Nearly 100 Nevada pronghorn found a new home last month, relocating to the Yakama reservation in central Washington. The capture and subsequent release of the animals was the last step in a five-year effort by the Yakama Nation to return the once native species to the region. The relocation project
2011 February 3
Less than two weeks after a major court decision sharply curtailed public land grazing in central Oregon, two Oregon-based anti-grazing groups have filed a lawsuit that, if successful, will significantly reduce federal grazing permits in that state yet again. The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), as well as
by WLJ
2011 February 3
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced last week that the 2011 grazing fee will remain unchanged on lands managed by the two agencies. The fee, set by a formula created by Congress, will stay at $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) on public lands administered by
by WLJ
2011 February 3
U.S. cattle numbers continued to decline in 2010, according to USDA’s semi-annual cattle inventory report released Jan. 28. Reported at 92.6 million head, the U.S. herd is at its lowest point since 1958. Despite strong market prices, there appears to be little data which shows that the trend toward
by WLJ
2011 January 28
The number of cattle on feed in U.S. feedlots as of Jan. 1 totaled 11.5 million head, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). That tally was 5 percent ahead of the same date in 2010 and nearly all states reported on feed numbers higher than last year. The single exception was Arizona, where cattle numbers


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