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by WLJ
2011 December 23
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize April’s hard work and dedication, and thank her for a job well done,” said NMCGA President Rex Wilson, Carrizozo. “According to the ranchers she serves, April goes above and beyond the call of duty every day.
by WLJ
2011 December 23
The 127th Annual Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) Convention and Trade Show, held at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings, Dec. 15-17, drew over 740 participants from across the state. Nearly 100 people participated in the Young Stockgrowers events, representing the largest showing of that group at any convention.
2011 December 16
“The 2012 National Western Stock Show (NWSS), Jan. 7-22, will feature many new, exciting events,” Paul Andrews, president and CEO said, “while still remaining true to our 106-year tradition of serving agriculture producers and consumers throughout the world and preserving our western heritage.
by WLJ
2011 December 16
The fed cattle markets were slow to develop again last week. The futures markets were under pressure from outside markets and the beef cutout was declining leading into the holiday season. Packers’ negative margins continued, and reduced beef slaughter schedules were being implemented in an effort to raise the wholesale beef cutout price.
2011 December 16
The Klamath River dams have become a contentious decadelong water controversy over how the river should be managed, relating to the water supplies of farmers in the Klamath Basin and the southern Oregon region where the river begins, in addition to fish habitats.
2011 December 16
After going through the bills and getting the bad news, my wife and I opened the strange envelope and got a surprise: two crisp $50 bills. There was an unsigned note, which said the person sending us the money had prayed and received a message that we could use the cash more than he could.
2011 December 16
Wheat is an amazing crop…which is why we grow it in Oklahoma. Given the slightest opportunity, wheat responds very well under adverse conditions. In late October, the prospects for wheat pasture seemed all but lost with most wheat planted late and dry. It was noted, however, that with timely rains, a decent wheat crop could still develop.
2011 December 16
The new rules, endorsed by industry and environmental groups and approved by the nine-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), require oil and gas operators to publicly disclose all chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of their wells, while still recognizing and protecting trade secrets.
by WLJ
2011 December 16
The Serrells, of Castle Rock, will be honored by the Red Meat Club of Denver as the 2012 Friend of the National Western Stock Show beginning at 6 p.m., Jan. 12. The annual dinner will be in the National Western Club and the $30 per person tickets may be purchased by calling 303/299-5556.
by WLJ
2011 December 16
Leonard R. Brooks, cattle buyer, cattle feeder, butcher shop owner, cow/calf operator and veteran registered Quarter horse breeder, passed peacefully on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Jamestown, CA. As he made the difficult calls, youngest son, Lee, said it best, “Every morning he awoke at 5 am.
2011 December 9
In a press release, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA has published the Final Rule implementing the 2008 Farm Bill provisions to better protect livestock producers and poultry growers under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).
by WLJ
2011 December 9
Two weeks ago, live sales sold at $124 in the southern Plains. In Colorado, live sales ranged from $125-126. In Iowa-Minnesota, live sales sold from $126 -127and dressed from $200-205. Nebraska saw a few dressed sales sold from $195-198, compared to the previous week’s $126.
2011 December 9
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kahla of Tomball, TX, were denied farm deductions of $2,658,774 for their cattle and deer ranches, even though Mr. Kahla was knowledgeable about livestock farming and was highly successful in other businesses. They owned 300 head of cattle.
by WLJ
2011 December 9
The microorganism is slightly larger than a red blood cell and resides on the surface skin within the penile sheath. Spread of disease is most often via coital contact. Bulls are affected after breeding with other infected cows— and often develop a carrier state without demonstrating clinical signs of illness.
by WLJ
2011 December 9
A wider price gap between Select grade boxed beef and Choice or better—the Choice/ Select spread—always comes back to supply and demand. Consumers vote with their dollars, and recent shifts in merchandising put much more high-quality beef on the ballot, just as those supplies began to fall off.


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