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by WLJ
2017 September 22
In response to the Sept. 11 article on fires in the West (“Fires, floods in the West” on the cover); “I would rather have it all burn up than have a cow eat one mouthful” was the response a leader of Western Watersheds Project gave when asked if they were concerned about the fire hazard created if cattle were removed from public lands.
by WLJ
2017 September 22
From the time I was 6 or 8, I was helping my dad out on our family’s farm. We raised cattle and grew peanuts and wheat. My earliest jobs were helping my dad feed small square bales, hoeing peanuts, and many other basic tasks related to operating a farm.


by WLJ
2017 September 15
(RE: “Legal Ledger: HSUS triples down,” Sept. 4) When is HSUS going to fund legislation to get the people, who are soliciting donations in HSUS phone centers, out of their cubicles so they can exercise and not get [Peripheral Artery Disease]? Shouldn’t they work to get people the same rights as animals? — Terry Mahoney, Utah rancher.
2017 September 15
That’s how it was when we bought an old farmhouse, then spent most of the last decade trying to update it. Progress seems slow as everything takes cash. Even the simplest improvements, like a couple cans of paint and new flooring, can easily stretch beyond $1,000 and I won’t even get into the budget for our complete kitchen remodel.


by WLJ
2017 September 15
If you haven’t noticed, Montana has found itself in the center of a triad of unfortunate circumstances regarding water. The state is still undergoing statewide adjudication where water users must prove their historical use, claim water for formerly exempt uses, and defend challenges to their water use.


by WLJ
2017 September 15
There probably isn’t a beef producer out there who hasn’t thought about what must be done to pass their operation to another generation interested in cattle. While getting input from your family is important, so is the knowledge that professionals in legal and financial matters can share.
by WLJ
2017 September 8
The dairy researchers in Florida and Colorado set out to see how the season of a heifer’s conception influences her later productive life. As you look at a pen of replacement beef heifers and judge their genetics, individual performance and disposition, this dairy study adds another variable.
by WLJ
2017 August 25
Trend lines mark the progression of price points in a graph form. They are helpful both for reviewing history and for planning for the future. Two critically important trend lines are particularly relevant as we move towards year end. The first comes in several varieties although the direction is the same for all.


by WLJ
2017 August 18
A lot of time has been spent by a lot of people analyzing the seasonal patterns for cattle prices. Studies of the spring highs and the summer lows keep market participants guessing and the forecasters predicting, but observers note, with little success from either party.


by WLJ
2017 August 18
The Beef WISE Study adds to the growing body of research demonstrating the role of lean beef in heart-healthy diets and strong bodies. This includes another beef-checkoff funded study called BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet), and independent research DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) 2 .
2017 August 11
The day you make breeding choices, purchase bulls or buy bred heifers, marketing the calf crop begins. With those decisions in the rear view, it’s time to consider how to make the most of a great mating. Sale day for your spring-born calves grows closer as each day grows shorter, and that brings up weaning.
by WLJ
2017 August 11
Our successful checkoff lawsuit stopped the USDA from violating the Constitution of the United States. It did so by prohibiting the USDA from taking money from independent cattle producers and giving that money to a private entity to fund its private speech without the cattle producers’ permission.
2017 August 4
A couple of media articles caught my eye recently. The first was an article on Yahoo entitled, “Why you should think twice before getting ground beef from the supermarket.” The article reveals, apparently to the surprise of the author, that ground beef is often made from the meat of multiple animals and not just from a single animal.


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