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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.
by WLJ
2017 August 4
Reporting cattle prices is never easy. It is based on individual judgements about cattle quality and in the case of auction barns, the fill or weighing condition. It also requires those creating the rules and structure understand trading from a practical, not academic, background.
by WLJ
2017 July 28
By now you’ve probably seen that there’s a determined effort by activist organizations to undermine the beef industry.
by WLJ
2017 July 28
I’ve been the CEO of this largest producer-only cattle association for the past 17 years and we are as independent as they come. R-CALF USA has not made any alliance, nor is it aligned, with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
by WLJ
2017 July 28
Beginning in the 1980s, farmers and ranchers became increasingly concerned as more and more people began relocating to rural areas outside of cities and towns, subdividing lands, and reducing available farmland. These new rural residences began to issue nuisance lawsuits against their long-standing rural neighbors.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
There are positive findings from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) released in mid-July. Among those are data showing a significant increase in Choice and Prime carcasses, a high mobility score for cattle entering packing plants, and the...
by WLJ
2017 July 21
Politics is the tool. It is deployed frequently to disarm and frustrate reform—the behind-the-scenes maneuvering orchestrating opposition. Change is the enemy and those opposing change never say so. They warn the disrupters of moving too fast.
2017 July 14
The upper Midwest’s dry to drought conditions have changed stocking rates, challenged pasture rotation schedules, hastened the end-grazing date, and limited cow and calf condition scores. Producers need to work through the present and take steps to minimize the effects of this year’s drought on next year’s production.


by DTN
2017 July 7
Despite the fact that JBS had enjoyed an impressive growth curve through Brazil and parts beyond for more than 50 years, the global meat giant was treated like the new kid on the block by the U.S. media when it first made “worthy” headlines in 2007.
by WLJ
2017 July 7
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the beef cattle industry over the past year. For its part, the cattle market has certainly been aggravating. As a beef producer I know the limitations of what any of us at the ranch level can do individually to fully control profitability and assure that the bottom line has more black ink on it than red.
2017 June 30
As you read this, Americans will be preparing to grill what the beef industry hopes will be millions of steaks and hamburgers as they celebrate tomorrow’s July 4 Independence Day holiday. The holiday and the week leading up to it are the second largest such periods (after Memorial Day) for beef sales in terms of volume and dollars spent.




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