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by WLJ
2017 March 10
Beef exports were up 25 percent with Korea and Japan both increasing purchases during recent months. The U.S. has also benefited from a drought in Australia that now is broken and Aussie producers are rebuilding their herds and have less beef to export. These are natural and fundamental factors that will always be present in global world trade.
2017 March 10
He thinks about decisions that will keep him profitable here and now, but the long-term goal isn’t to retire rich. The reason he invests money, time and brainpower into better genetics and management is to leave a cow herd and ranch that the next generation will want to own.
2017 March 10
Land use is embedded in long-term thinking and the individual desires of those involved in farming and ranching. Agricultural production systems incorporate land eco-types, along with associated capital purchases and investment in equipment. Once these systems are implemented, change is difficult to initiate.
by DTN
2017 March 10
Though Louis Dinklage has been dead for more than 30 years, his name still causes more than a few ears in feedlot country to perk up. Part of this enduring attention is understandably tied to Dinklage’s historical contribution to the development of large-scale cattle feeding.
by DTN
2017 March 3
Of course, Polk’s responsibility for the Mexican War (1846-1848) has long been a benchmark of American history. On the other hand, it’s way too early in the Trump administration to know if his aggressive saber rattling will actually trigger a major trade war with our neighbor to the south.
2017 March 3
As NDSU Extension’s bioenergy economics specialist, I have a particular interest in corn given its dominant role as a feedstock for U.S. ethanol production, as well as its role as a predictor for the fortunes of American farmers (including those who don’t grow the crop).
by WLJ
2017 March 3
Everybody knows bull calves sell at least $5/cwt. back of steers at weaning, and the discount grows for any still intact as yearlings. That’s because virtually all of them are bound for the feedyard, where steers are the rule. The only question revolves around when the bulls become steers.
by WLJ
2017 March 3
Something not mentioned in your comment is my wife and I were part owners in an Arizona family ranching operation for about 35 years. So we have been allotment owners ourselves. She was a fourth generation Arizona ranch girl. We sold out to a cousin a few years ago, but.


by WLJ
2017 February 24
I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. Heifers were due on pasture leases the first of May, so the family consensus was that we could not wait much more than a week for synchronized artificial insemination (AI) in early May.
by WLJ
2017 February 24
Recently, a group has materialized claiming to be the only organization that represents the public lands rancher. This recently-formed group, which has questionable ties to public lands grazing, is advancing a compelling but dangerous theory that ranchers who hold grazing permits on public lands are not merely permittees, but allotment owners.
2017 February 24
The answers seem at our fingertips, but the solutions are far off at times. The business of beef initiates within a very large, de-centralized base of independent producers. The model is good, but inherent within the vastness of environments the beef industry functions in, change is slow.
by WLJ
2017 February 17
My grandfather started the operation, and over the years, we’ve fed lambs, finished hogs and raised registered horses. All five generations, however, have worked with dairy cows, although we decided in 2014 to focus strictly on beef cattle, as well as raising meat goats and farming corn, soybeans and wheat.
2017 February 17
Healthy cows are the key to a good calving season, which already is under way for some but looms fresh on the horizon for most. Sleeping with the cows may not be the total answer, but in reality, one gets a good gauge of the mood, the feel, of their contentment.
by DTN
2017 February 17
Fairly suddenly, it seems, Corporate America’s widespread hope for slashing taxes and regulations is “crashing into the harsh reality of a nationalist agenda focused on reducing immigration and dismantling a generation of liberalized trade rules,” according to a report this week by Politico.
by WLJ
2017 February 17
Ms. Halladay, thank you for keeping ranchers in the USA informed of trends you see in the industry. In one of your articles (“Trump to USTR: Pull America out of TPP” on the cover of the Jan. 30 issue) you presented President Trump as antitrade. Maybe you can direct me to a source which contains a statement by Mr.
by WLJ
2017 February 10
When the season’s first calves arrive, you begin to see results of your genetic decisions, perhaps eager for more or thinking about what a new bull could bring. Poring through bull catalogs and looking at expected progeny differences (EPDs), keep in mind that the environment affects what your calves are now and what they will become.


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