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2009 December 4
A major wild horse gather in the Calico Mountain and Black Rock Desert area in northern Nevada, originally scheduled for Dec. 1, has been postposed until the 28th following the joint filing of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by In Defense of Animals (IDA) and ecologist Craig Downer.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Tyson Foods Inc. posted higher-than-expected quarterly results last Monday on strength in its beef, pork and prepared foods businesses which it expects to continue in its new fiscal year.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
The Nov. 1 Cattle on Feed report was generally regarded as positive for the market as it showed only a 1 percent increase in the number of cattle on feed. According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), there were 11.1 million head of cattle on feed in the U.S. at
by WLJ
2009 November 30
A lawsuit filed last week in Washington, D.C., Federal District Court may block the planned gather of 2,700 wild horses north of Reno, NV, next month. The suit, filed by California-based In Defense of Animals (IDA), claims that the planned gather is illegal because the government uses tactics which may "traumatize, injure and kill" some of the horses. IDA lawyers claim
2009 November 30
Tri-Western Meat Packing, Inc. is scheduled to open a new slaughter and packing facility in Willcox, AZ, approximately 80 miles east of Tucson, AZ. Operation of the facility, which will be housed in a former apple warehouse, is anticipated to begin in three to four months, according to local media. Although the plant will be able to handle
by WLJ
2009 November 30
Researchers worldwide are trying to economically convert cellulosic biomass such as corn stover into cellulosic ethanol. But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that it might be more costeffective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable to use corn stover for generating an energyrich oil called bio-oil and for making biochar to enrichsoils and sequester carbon.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
Pilgrims Pride Corp. reported a net profit of $82.7 million, or $1.07 per share from continuing operations, on quarterly net sales of $1.7 billion in its fourth fiscal quarter which ended Sept. 26. That compares with a net loss of $802 million, or $10.79 per share on net sales of $2.
by DTN
2009 November 30
In a normal El Ni o event, the combination of warmer than normal equatorial Pacific temperatures and a west-to-east subtropical jet stream component results in more generous wintertime precipitation in the southern third of the U.S.from south-central Kansas south through Texas, and east to Georgia and Florida.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
When he began his year as chairman of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) in November 2008, Monte Cluck set a unique goal: to personally visit as many TCFA member feed yards as possible. Twelve months later, he had managed to make it to more than 60 yards and described the experience as one of my most enjoyable times of the past year.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
The decline in beef demand is the biggest challenge facing the industry, Cattle-Fax Executive Vice President Randy Blach said at the Texas Cattle Feeders Association Annual Convention in Amarillo, TX. Weve averaged $83 to $84 on fed cattle this year.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
The California Cattlemens Association (CCA) named veterinarian and educator Bennie I. Osburn, DVM, the 2009 Gordon K. Van Vleck Memorial Award winner on Nov. 13 in Sparks, NV, at the conclusion of the 93rd Annual CCA Convention.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
Flushing is a management term for providing high quality feeds, usually grains, prior to the start of the breeding to increase reproductive performance. Flushing has been used in the swine industry to increase the number of ovulations in sows. Can this concept be applied to young beef females that calve in less than adequate body condition?.
2009 November 30
Ranchers leasing grazing land from the state of Idaho may soon face stiffer competition for those leases as a result of major rule changes proposed by the Idaho Land Board. Under the proposed changes, conservation will be added as an acceptable use of lease lands, a move many fear will pave the way for environmental groups to irrevocably disrupt grazing activities on these lands.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), during its 2009 Annual Convention in Amarillo, TX, named its officers and directors for the coming year.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
Cattle feeding conditions vary by location. One yard might be knee deep in snow while the other is dealing with piles of mud. Record high temperatures might cause heat stress in one area while cattle in another region are enduring torrential rainfall..
by WLJ
2009 November 30
U.S. Cattlemens Association (USCA) representatives were in Washington, D.C., during the first week of November to share cattle producers concerns with policymakers on a number of cattle industry issues with a primary focus on the country of origin labeling (COOL) challenge under the World Trade Organization (WTO).
by WLJ
2009 November 30
Retail grocers were expected to offer shoppers a mix of meat items after the Thanksgiving Day holiday, but the leaning likely will be toward the red meats.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
The need for more return per calf has beef cattle producers looking at alternative production practices.Raising cattle naturally is a method that has attracted consumer demand, says Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service area livestock specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. Not to be confused with organic beef production, the U.
by WLJ
2009 November 20
Winter weather in the U.S. is expected to be heavily influenced this year by a weak to moderate El Niño in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean this year, at least through February, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted last month. The NOAA Climate Prediction Center, which issues seasonal outlooks for the U.S., said
2009 November 20
Many of those who attended the Idaho Wool Growers Association’s 117th annual convention Nov. 6-8 in Sun Valley were surprised to learn that new U.S. Homeland Security regulations could block reliable documented Peruvian and Mexican workers from returning this month to the U.S. in time for


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