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by WLJ
2014 December 5
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with orphaned calves in cold fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.
by WLJ
2014 December 5
Sex No. In Weight Final Avg. Days Avg. Daily Feed/ Avg. Cost Weight on Feed Gain Gain (Dry Basis) % Death Loss of Gain Weight Steers 71,168 791 1,402 163 3.73 5.72 1.18 92.46 Heifers 96,537 722 1,245 159 3.26 6.15 1.27 98.61 Source: Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Focus on Feedlots newsletter (July, August and September 2014 data).
2014 November 28
It is remarkable how high cattle prices have come; we’re producing just 6 percent less beef than a year ago but the prices of fed steers have increased roughly 30 percent, when fed cattle were trading at $130, and late week fed cattle were trading at $171 with some trades as high as $174.
2014 November 28
Cattle feeders have done a masterful job this year of feeding cattle as long as possible, at the same time remaining fairly current in their marketings. The result has been record heavy steer and heifer carcasses and the percentage of cattle grading USDA Prime breaching 5 percent for the first time.
by WLJ
2014 November 28
Steve Alder, Executive Director of the ironically named Idaho for Wildlife, does a wonderful job highlighting the attitudes behind the Salmon Idaho Predator Derby (“Predator hunt delayed a week in Idaho,” Nov.
by WLJ
2014 November 28
We have a federal law, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates minimum biofuel use by type and year through 2022. By November, the EPA is required to finalize mandates for the upcoming year. That includes lowering the mandates in the event of expected economic harm or inadequate supply.
2014 November 21
Last week we reported that the Organization of Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attorneys prepared and submitted the suit.
by WLJ
2014 November 21
In 16 of the last 17 quarters, we’ve had year-over-year increases in beef demand, the only exception being the first quarter of 2014. I think a large part of why that’s going on is success in marketing the right products to the right people and, quite frankly, to the segment of the public that continues to purchase beef.
2014 November 21
Top aides to the president have made the IRS hostile turf to honest taxpayers. The IRS has targeted individuals and organizations. IRS bureaucracy has demanded agents to lead no-change audits, to make greater demands for documents, and to disfavor settlements.
by WLJ
2014 November 21
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise. Outbreaks of pneumonia can occur sporadically and without warning, causing a high incidence of disease within.
2014 November 14
Well, guess what? It’s going back to court. This time the Organization for Competitive Markets, (OCM) filed the suit but have attorneys from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) doing the work— pro bono, I assume. The OCM has strong relationships with the aforementioned groups that have been targeting the beef checkoff for years.
2014 November 14
Even though cow numbers are down, keeping cows that are not likely to produce a worthy calf next year is fruitless. Culling really is a process of drawing a line in the sand, and those cows that cannot cross the line are sent to market. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, the line is a combination of managerial chute-side judgments and data.
2014 November 7
It’s fine that this group took on the task of this definition, which is more of a conservation plan that can be adapted to any ecosystem worldwide.
2014 November 7
Knowing the health of any particular piece of ground— that is, what is happening on the soil surface and determining the health condition of the plants present— is important information, especially when you are about to make a major decision concerning land management.
by WLJ
2014 November 7
So why is this occurring? We would argue genetics is a huge part of the equation. Today’s cattle can be fed to 950-lb. or even 1,000-lb. carcasses without excess fat. Certainly feeding and management strategies have had an impact. Today, many feeder cattle are grown to 850 or 900 lbs.
2014 October 31
By all accounts, it appears that the USDA will appeal the decision from WTO again, which will take time. USDA and the U.S. Trade Representatives have 60 days to appeal, then it’s assumed that the process will take another nine months to get the WTO’s appeal decision.
by WLJ
2014 October 31
When the Taylor Grazing Act was passed into law in 1934, its purpose was “to bring conservation to the public lands and stabilize the livestock industry dependent upon it.” It’s a given that conservation doesn’t mean what it did in 1934. Stabilization has evolved into destabilization as BLM’s management, of ten,.
2014 October 31
It doesn’t take a mathematician to think, “Wait, something doesn’t add up.” Yet, that’s the reality in today’s marketplace. Fed steer and heifer harvest was down 6.2 percent for the first 32 weeks of the year, but it wasn’t an even distribution across all quality grades (See Chart 1).
2014 October 31
Not only do consumers have all these choices; they can read comprehensive nutrition labels to help them make sensible dietary choices. Moreover, they can expect to pay a reasonable price for most food products. I use “reasonable” in relation to food prices in other countries.


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