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2013 December 27
Having had to break into the office door because the lock was frozen shut reminded me that not all things work well in the cold. Those who have experienced cold firsthand do not need to be reminded. For others who can skirt the harshness of winter, in this case early winter, one only needs to take a short walk to be reminded.
by WLJ
2013 December 27
Pain in the abdominal cavity (belly) is commonly termed in the horse world as “colic.” This pain can be caused from any organ within the abdominal cavity, but is often attributed to problems involving the intestinal tract. Horses experiencing colic will often paw at their abdomen, roll excessively on the ground, or decline food or water.
by DTN
2013 December 27
Remember how the Grinch hated Christmas because, depending on various theories, his shoes were too tight, his heart was two sizes too small, or his head wasn’t screwed on just right? Whatever the reason, the Grinch went on to steal the Whos’ Christmas until, as the story goes, his heart grew and he returned the bounty.
2013 December 20
The first calves are supposed to share my birthday in early February, and that means they are supposed to wait until I get back from NCBA. That’s short for the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Tradeshow, held in Nashville, TN, this winter.
2013 December 20
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the land, Not a creature was stirring, as it was too cold to stand. The hay wagon was loaded all ready for the chore, In hopes that the hired man would be there before..
2013 December 20
I just attended the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, and the National Western Stock Show will soon be upon us. I help conduct the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at Louisville, which is one of my highlights of the year.
2013 December 13
Every industry has its activists, both pro and con. Last week, while watching the evening news, an ad about American farmers popped up. The ad was very well done and told consumers essentially who feeds them and the importance of respecting the farming community for doing such a good CROW.
2013 December 13
Every day, bulls and breeding stock are selected with the help of genomic tools. Whether producers know it or not, DNA testing affects most cow herds by way of their seedstock suppliers. But those who are more intentional about it are reaping the benefits.
2013 December 13
Having worked cattle for years and too many sheep to count, one develops a feel for the rogue cow or calf. Maybe it is just a quick look or an intense stare. There also are those animals that you know are not going to have a good cohabitation experience.
2013 December 6
A couple weeks ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to reduce mandated biofuel, mostly ethanol production, by 1.4 billion gallons, to a 2014 mandated production of 13 billion gallons. This move is creating a mixed bag of reactions across agriculture.
by WLJ
2013 December 6
You know that genetics set the base for profitability in all segments of the cattle industry. Earlier this year, Shawn Walter and Ron Hale of Professional Cattle Consultants summarized feedlot data showing what kind of cattle generate added dollars. And guess what? The high-growth, high-grading cattle were most profitable.
2013 December 6
It is a pleasure to be back at WLJ writing about one of my favorite subjects: American rangeland and pasture management. To be sure, this massive land mass is one of Americans’ most prestigious resources. There are several reasons for this statement. First off, pasturelands account for 25 percent of the U.
2013 December 3
There is certainly a lot less pressure on feed stuffs this winter. With the EPA proposing to lower the volume of ethanol production last week, there should be even less pressure on the huge corn crop that was just produced, and harvest is mostly complete.
by WLJ
2013 November 29
Much has been said about Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) in recent years, but how many of us really know what it is and why it is important to all beef producers? Simply put, BQA is the effort to instruct beef producers, and their workers, as to ways...
2013 November 29
It needed to. For years it had rested on the premise that beef was “King” and Americans would continue to gobble it up. But, beef demand began to decline because beef was too fatty and inconsistent in its eating quality. Fortunately, the industry responded to the alarm bells, although it took nearly 20 years to arrest that declining demand.
2013 November 22
Some decisions need to be “split second.” When you have to figure out which way to dart to keep that feisty cow from breaking out of the group; when you’ve got to say “yay” or “nay” on a set of replacements going for a little more than you expected...
2013 November 22
Last week, one set of 72 beef cows came off the pasture and was brought home to the Dickinson Research Extension Center ranch headquarters. The cows’ trip through the chute was fast. Their average weight was 1,482 pounds, with a condition score of 5.3..
2013 November 22
For some reason, major media and agriculture don’t seem to communicate very well. I think it’s because we don’t try very hard. We as an industry, and I mean all the trade associations, don’t work at cultivating relationships with major media, like Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times.
2013 November 15
It’s hard to think about investing in the beef industry’s future when cattle and beef values are already so high. As a whole, we need to breed more heifers and produce more products. Then we need to sell more of the high priced product. My concern is that beef prices will move higher and we will shun many consumers from eating beef.
by WLJ
2013 November 15
I recently mentioned that consumers should begin watching the price of E85 and E10 as we enter a period where fuels with higher blends of ethanol could have a lower cost on an energy equivalent basis.
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