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by WLJ
2009 July 7
Hereford genetics are becoming increasingly popular. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) report and ABS Global semen sale reports U.S. Hereford semen sales increased 8.4 percent in 2008 despite an overall drop in domestic semen sales for beef cattle.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
The recent dairy cow buyout, made possible by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a dairy industry interest group developed by the National Dairy Producers Federation, has taken nearly 40,000 cows in western states out of production, but other...
by WLJ
2009 June 29
The April 2, 2009, removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List was a welcome event to western ranchers, especially those who have struggled with the costs of wolf predation. In Oregon, however, the federal delisting has done little to improve ranchers ability to protect their livestock.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
The USDAs June 1, Cattle on Feed report showed that feedlots continue to carry fewer cattle than a year earlier as per-head losses continue to take their toll on the feeding sector.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
According to the Des Moines Register, the Agriprocessors Inc. Kosher meat plant has been sold to a Canadian firm. The sale will include the payment of at least $8.5 million of the $21 million owed to credi- tors of Agriprocessors after the company filed bank- ruptcy.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
The controversial climate bill, which is nearing a floor vote in the House of Repre- sentatives, gained traction last week after House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-MN, reached a compromise agreement with the bills sponsor, California Democrat Harry Waxman.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
Over 400 members and guests were in attendance at the 142nd Annual Colorado Cattlemens (CCA) Convention and Trade Show in Grand Junction, CO, June 14-17. Cattlemen from across the state took time to reflect on the past and plan for the future over the three-day conference.
by WLJ
2009 June 29
Cattle producers and industry leaders from across Montana and the nation gathered in Miles City, MT, June 10-14 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA). Over 1,000 people participated in one or more of the events throughout the week.
by WLJ
2009 June 26
Fed cattle markets started out softer last week with Corn Belt cattle feeders throwing in the towel on Wednesday after a break in live cattle futures. The early trade was light at $128-131 dressed with live trade at $80-81 in the region. There was some light trade in the southern tier at $81 although numbers were too light to call the trend for the week.
by WLJ
2009 June 26
The USDA’s June 1, cattle on feed report showed that feedlots continue to carry fewer cattle than a year earlier as per-head losses continue to take their toll on the feeding sector. The erosion in demand has hampered efforts by feedlots to take advantage of tight supplies and resulted in ongoing losses for cattle feeders for most of the past year, despite some slight improvement in certain classes of cattle over the past few months.
by WLJ
2009 June 26
The April 2, 2009, removal of the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List was a welcome event to western ranchers, especially those who have struggled with the costs of wolf predation. In Oregon, however, the federal delisting has done little to improve ranchers’ ability to protect their livestock.
by WLJ
2009 June 26
The recent dairy cow buyout, made possible by Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), a dairy industry interest group developed by the National Dairy Producers Federation, has taken nearly 40,000 cows in western states out of production, but other economic factors, including extremely low milk prices, are also causing dairymen not selected for the buyout to send cows down the road.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
The size and scope of the bovine tuberculosis (TB) quarantine in Nebraska was significantly expanded last week by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) as the agency worked to trace cattle which may have had contact with an infected herd.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
Smithfield Foods reported a dismal set of quarterly earnings last week along with 2009 fiscal year earnings, emphasizing the downturn in the pork industry. The company reported its first net loss in 30 years: $190.3 million in the red for fiscal 2009, or $1.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
A little water and an annual planting of the right grass seed can go a long way toward increasing the bottom line for cattle producers, especially if they are part of an irrigated pasture practice incorporating the latest technology and methods.
by WLJ
2009 June 19
Beef recalls and other food safety events can put a poor light on the beef industry, not to mention its products and its animals. While great strides have been made to reduce pathogens at the post-harvest level, the opportunity for producers to influence pathogen levels has been limited.