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2017 April 28
Correct pasture stocking rates and grazing plans are essential for the short run and the long-term survival of a beef operation. Producers have many approaches to grazing systems. The key point is to have a plan because improper grazing steals from the future.
by DTN
2017 April 28
Pardon the picking of old political scabs, but somehow only the magnitude of that famous historical pivot adequately describes the financial sea change cattle feeders are set to experience in 2017. In short, the feedlot business has finally emerged from its own constitutional crisis (read multi-billion-dollar equity drain).
2017 April 28
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) doesn’t want consumers eating animal protein, especially beef. To reach that goal the radical animal rights activists have partnered with the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) in an attempt to gain standing and add an air of legitimacy to their efforts.
by WLJ
2010 September 28
Is fertilizer too high to buy? As we write this in mid-2008, fertilizer prices have reached all-time highs. Who would have believed even a few months ago that any kind of fertilizer would be priced at over $1,000 per ton?
2009 November 6
Cattle feeders and packers are learning how to live with market volatility of historic proportions. It wasn’t so many years ago that most commodity futures prices were only allowed to rise or fall by a maximum 150 points per trading session. Any moves up or down the limit in the futures market caused shockwaves throughout the cash markets for livestock and meat.
by WLJ
2008 December 31
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer on Thursday announced the intention to establish a new USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets and the creation of a federal government-wide Conservation and Land Management Environmental Services Board
by WLJ
2008 December 31
In order to better match supply with shrinking demand, Tyson Foods Inc. is cutting both beef and chicken production, the latter of which marks a significant development in the poultry industry, according to Stephens Inc. analyst Farha Aslam.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
As the investigation continued, two additional affected dairy herds were identified, both containing a single infected animal. These findings mean that California no longer meets the requirements for accredited-free status.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Legislation which threatens the ability of American horse owners to freely move their livestock and market them as they see fit has recently made progress in Washington, D.C. The bill, titled the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (or H.R. 6598), passed by a voice vote in the Sept.
2008 December 16
Packers realized they were offered an easy way of dealing with the new label requirements. As one would expect, packers have taken the path of least resistance and plan to use the catch-all label, Product of Canada, Mexico and USA. Well call it the North American label.
2008 December 16
The market talk was casual until the producer leaned over and said, We just marketed a 90.8 percent calf crop with an average weight of 560 pounds at 189 days of age. The room grew quiet. Are you sure? a neighbor asked. Yep, but I was just average. Maybe someday I can manage my way to the upper third, the rancher replied.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
The fourth component is meticulously touched by Knight, If USDA decides to make all or parts of the NAIS mandatory, APHIS [Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service] will follow the normal rulemaking process. With rules, laws, inspections, taxes, regulations, or licensing comes next, the fourth component .
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Exports of beef and beef variety meats from Colorado surged 81 percent in the first half of 2008 as compared to the same period of 2007. At $241 million, the January to June 2008 level is the highest since 2003 and is the highest level on record.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Cattle producers can accomplish significant genetic improvement in a short period when using effective selection tools, such as expected progeny differences (EPDs), to deal with moderately heritable traits. The Limousin breeds phenotypic trends in scrotal circumference (SC), docility and carcass traits illustrate that fact.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
One of the advantages of fall-calving compared to spring (late winter) calving is the pleasant weather that the cow/calf operator finds at 2:00 AM when he or she goes out to check the heifers. The downside of fall calving is the fact that these cows and heifers are not being fed from the truck or hay feeder.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Two beef producers from Nebraska and Iowa took part in a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) U.S. Beef Checkoff-sponsored promotion, made possible through the financial support of the Nebraska Beef Council and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, that helped boost weekend sales of U.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
This years tour includes areas we havent visited on All Breeds Cattle Tours in the past, said North Dakota Stockmens Association Member Services Director Tracey Koester, the tour coordinator. Were glad to add some great new stops and beautiful scenery along the way.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
Every year, funds raised at the Citizen of the West dinner contribute to the education of future agricultural leaders. With more than 1,000 scholarships awarded since 1983, the National Western Scholarship Trust is one of the most prestigious scholarship programs available to youth interested in pursuing degrees in agriculture or rural medicine.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) regrets to report the early departure of great industry allies, Meg Smith and George Hammond, from the Montana Board of Livestock (MBOL). Smith and Hammond have spent 11-and-a-half years on the board, originally appointed by Gov.
by WLJ
2008 December 16
The American Angus Association salutes Clarence Frey, Mulhall, OK, for his continued ownership and production of Angus cattle for more than 50 years. Frey will receive a certificate signed by the associations president to honor this Historic Angus Herd achievement.


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