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2014 May 30
Good spring rains have fallen in many areas of the West, which is a sigh of relief for most ranchers in the region. Still, in many areas, rain is the exception rather than the rule. Drought in the West persists while grass and fuel loads are high and fire dangers remain high, especially in the far West and West Coast.
by WLJ
2014 May 23
My husband, Dan, and I have three grazing allotments in the Battle Mountain district, North Buffalo, Copper Canyon and Argenta. Last May, 2013, Badger Ranch was issued a Full Force and Effect (FFE) decision closing the North Buffalo and Copper Canyon Allotments to livestock grazing for the remainder of the drought and one growing season.
by WLJ
2014 May 23
When people go shopping for food on their dinner table, they may consider its nutritious value and its cost, but many don’t consider the farmer and rancher behind every piece of food on their plate. For every bite you take, the agricultural community strives to provide a healthy, abundant food supply.
by WLJ
2014 May 23
Recent research shows that price is a primary reason that consumers limit beef consumption, but the fact is, there are a variety of beef options to fit any budget. Food prices have increased across the board; beef is not alone, but when you compare current beef prices at retail to 2012 prices, the increase amounts to just about $0.
2014 May 16
There are a lot of issues occurring that could have a profound effect on public land ranching. At this point, I would have to say the Endangered Species Act is the one that needs the most attention, and soon. As an industry, we have a lot on the table that we need to pay close attention to right now.
2014 May 16
Earlier this year, CattleFax predicted a 4.5 percent drop in U.S. per-capita beef consumption. We can only expect other proteins to fill the gap. Chicken is always the cheaper alternative, but that spread between poultry and pork prices and poultry and beef prices has become more dramatic.
2014 May 16
The yearling heifers also need to be processed, the replacements sorted off and the remaining heifers spayed and sent to grass. Replacements basically are preselected because the breed type is monitored and fit into the center’s crossbreeding program..
2014 May 9
Global warming was the big national topic last week when President Obama came out with the third national assessment on climate change in the U.S. This was a collective effort of a group of 13 federal agencies called the “U.S. Global Change Research Program.
by WLJ
2014 May 9
So far consumers have continued to buy beef, although we are seeing shifts in what they buy (more ground beef), and portion sizes at both retail and restaurants are shrinking. We’re even selling beef at retail by the serving rather than by the pound, a good marketing strategy for our times.
2014 May 9
Bulls that are needed are not always affordable, and sometimes scheduling conflicts get in the way. Interestingly, of the last four bulls the Dickinson Research Extension Center purchased, three were purchased through the process of electronic bidding.
2014 May 2
Cattle markets remain strong with Mother’s Day and Memorial Day just around the corner. You can see packers gearing up to get more beef on the market. Cash fed cattle were trading at $148 last week and the beef cutout value is showing stability in the $130.
2014 May 2
Water and plants are vital to the well-being of American ag. Water in its various forms is needed to grow everything from pasture to feed crops to fruit and vegetables. It succors all kinds of plants that turn directly or indirectly into food for consumers at home and abroad.
2014 May 2
The cows seem content, and one may even notice a producer or two out and about checking the cows. Generally, there are strips of hay spread across the pasture or side of the hill to make sure the cows have adequate feed during this critical part of their life.
2014 April 25
Environmental groups have been active in guiding public policy on federal lands and working through the federal government to create policy that is not allowing resource users to gain full value from federal land use.
by WLJ
2014 April 25
Every rancher or farmer fears losing his property or water rights to the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act is a tool to control the land. Fish & Wildlife decides on the rules and then the BLM has to enforce them. Fish & Wildlife may think they are helping the land and the animals, but they are really hurting them.
2014 April 25
Are you at 60 percent? As each operation reviews its herd calving history, a cow is expected to start cycling following birth and prior to the bull arriving in the pasture. Ideally, a cow should cycle within 80 days of calving and then settle with next year’s calf.
by WLJ
2014 April 25
As a checkoffp a y i n g c a t t l eman and c h a i rman of our Beef Checkoff Program’s Joint Evaluation Committee, I want to know that our checkoff dollars are being used as effectively and efficiently as possible.
2014 April 18
Cliven Bundy finally made the national news with his personal range war and staring down the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This story has been going on for years, but it certainly reached a critical point last week when the BLM decided it was time to gather his cattle.
2014 April 18
Sometimes people complain that all they ever read or hear in the news is bad. They may blame the messenger: “Why can’t they tell us about all the good things that happened today?” The news people are just doing their job. Things are supposed to go right, so it is only news when they go awry.


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