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by WLJ
2015 November 6
Bankers allocate their limited funds to borrowers based on the “5 Cs” of credit, and those factors can be affected by the quality of the farm’s water supply and water rights. According to Heather Malcolm at Bank of the Rockies in Livingston, MT, those factors are Capital, Capacity, Conditions, Character and Collateral.


2015 October 30
someone tries to sell you something important— be it a truck, a bull, a politician, or an idea—there’s a certain kind of behavior you expect. They will make direct statements supported by evidence. They are willing to answer your questions fully and HALLADAY.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
We learned last week that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has voted to tell the world that they believe processed meats are a human carcinogen. Similarly, they have decided red meat is a “probable carcinogen.


2015 October 30
Close your eyes and imagine this scene. Prehistoric man has just discovered how to make fire. As the flames flicker, he accidentally drops into the fire the raw meat of a creature he was gnawing on. It takes him a few minutes to retrieve the meat. Then he starts eating again and lets out a roar.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
As a cattle producer, you know how important nutrition is to the health of your animals. My husband, Steve, and I take a great deal of energy and time in providing really good feed for our cattle. Before they arrive at our feedyard, we’ve worked with a nutritionist to help us formulate a ration that will meet the needs of those animals.


2015 October 23
It didn’t take the bull market players long to figure out that the cattle market bust came a bit too fast and went a bit too far. October cattle futures rallied back to $140. In just a week-and-a-half. Markets are the markets and there is no rhyme or reason as to where they go sometimes.


by WLJ
2015 October 23
I have always been fascinated with animal behavior, especially beef cattle on pasture. They are selective grazers always in search for the highest quality forages. This explains why you see areas of lush pasture go ungrazed in pastures with light stocking rates and high forage availability.


by WLJ
2015 October 23
Molds can form in fields under opportune growing environments (especially very wet weather) as well as during storage and fermenting, such as silage and haylage products. Mycotoxins are the secondary metabolites emitted from molded feedstuffs and can affect any organ system of the body.


2015 October 16
The Hammond family in Oregon must be in utter disbelief after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals demanded that Dwight and Steven go back to jail for the fires they were convicted in 2012 of setting. Time was already served by the pair and for some reason the Department of Justice (DOJ) simply.


2015 October 16
By considering the 2014 calf prices abnormally high, budgeting for the future is challenging as prices drop. Budget development is challenging, but cost cutting is even more challenging. The actual implementation of a conservative budget, regardless of business is never pleasant.


by DTN
2015 October 16
Forty-one years ago this summer, Gerald Ford stared into the barrel of constitutional chaos and recited the shredded remains of the presidential oath. With pardon in pocket, Tricky Dick (Nixon) tearfully waved from his helicopter and the threatening sluices of Watergate began shutting down.


by WLJ
2015 October 16
Becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. The checkoff’s BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment.


2015 October 9
Recent discussions of costs and output in the beef cow industry need some of that pondering. As I ponder the concepts that make up the statement “Costs are going up, production is stagnant and prices are falling,” lots of thoughts come up. In this ever-increasing cost environment, let’s talk about production.


by WLJ
2015 October 9
Yes, we all can agree that tighter beef supplies from reduced cattle numbers, while exports grew and domestic consumers kept buying, led to amazing cattle prices. Even more amazing, consumers stayed hooked on beef in the face of great buying opportunities for other proteins.


2015 October 9
Packers had a fire sale last Wednesday to clear inventories and moved 281 loads of beef in one day. The cutout dropped down to $203, but put on another dollar a day later. They were earning $90 a head at mid-week and cut the slaughter rates to shore up the cutout values.


2015 October 2
Cattle feeders came into 2015 knowing the year would be completely different from the previous 18 months. After all, it’s in the nature of cattle feeding to go from boom to bust in terms of feeding profits. But the speed with which this occurred took many by surprise.


by WLJ
2015 October 2
In most parts of America we have a school year that is based on farming. Because of this, summer has no classes. That was created because almost everyone needed three months off to work on a farm and grow food, including kids and teachers.


by WLJ
2015 October 2
Anthrax is a highly infectious and fatal disease caused by a spore forming bacterium named Bacillus anthracis. The bacterium has been identified upon every continent on the globe. Three types of anthrax exist and affect the skin, respiratory system, and digestive system.


2015 October 2
So now we ask the question: Why? In the big picture there isn’t much more beef available than there was a year ago. I know that everyone is asking when we will hit the bottom and when will it come—obviously questions that no one really knows how to answer.


2015 September 25
Let’s walk down the direct expense side of the numbers. FINBIN reports increases in expenses: feed supplements (protein, vitamins and minerals) up 294 percent; corn silage up 274 percent; alfalfa hay up 140 percent; grass hay up 165 percent; pasture up 200 percent; and other feedstuffs up 154 percent.




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