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2016 July 15
If this person did a 1031 exchange on the $4 million property, the $875,000 that would have gone to pay taxes could be invested in additional real estate. Assuming the $875,000 of real estate returned 7 percent per year, it would provide an additional $61,250 per year of income.


2016 July 1
The aberrant behavior of the futures m a r k e t continues to play havoc with the live cattle market and cattle feeders’ ability to hedge cattle. Its irrationality and volatility have caused producers to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in the past 18 months.


by WLJ
2016 July 1
Reproductive technology and mating programs have significantly improved herd performance. However, decreasing the effective gene pool in some instances may result in a higher frequency of recessive gene traits and defects. Congenital bovine abnormalities can be caused heritable traits, toxin effects, nutritional inadequacies, and infections.


2016 June 24
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands met last week to discuss the wild horse problem. They discussed challenges and potential solutions to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Wild Horse and Burro Program. Steve Ellis, Deputy Director of Operations at

2016 June 24
“What am I doing?” The question came from a perplexed young student who was part of a schoolsponsored field trip to the Dickinson Research Extension Center. These young people were spending the day in an agricultural environment, walking through our pastures and fields, as well as the farm shelter belts planted in the past decades.
2016 June 20
I used to think multitasking should be a top goal of management here. Within natural systems like forage and cows, lots of things are always going on at the same time. What if I could do enough things correctly and on time to fit those systems together just right?.


by WLJ
2016 June 20
Ranchers are the original stewards of the West. They are the definition of sustainability as rangelands and wildlife habitat thrive where ranchers are properly managing the land.


by WLJ
2016 June 20
It’s no secret that the increased use of social media by the American public has changed marketing in all sectors. That’s why the Beef Checkoff Program has turned almost exclusively to these channels to efficiently and economically market beef to consumers.


2016 June 10
My thoughts included concepts from the UN report. How exposed should we be to the world around us? That is a very serious and deep question. Why? Simply put, our world is a massive living system utilizing all the living to sustain itself. Living is part of that process, a process of recycling and, ultimately, reclaiming.
2016 June 10
In a remarkable decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Tax Court opinion dealing with a Thoroughbred racehorse owner’s activities. This case is important to the livestock industry because IRS hobby loss regulations, the subject of the opinion, apply to livestock as well as horse activities.
2016 June 10
It’s been interesting watching the organic food movement develop over the past couple decades, especially when it comes to beef. I don’t have any concerns over the organic grass-fed beef production systems that have evolved. If ranchers are able to produce it and market it at a higher value.

2016 June 3
The second most important holiday week/weekend for retail beef sales is now behind us. But how sales went over the Memorial Day week will be vital for the wholesale beef and live cattle markets this month. Retail sales over the holiday week last year were a bust.


2016 June 3
Forward or backward are two options. Once the clutch is engaged and the accelerator pressed, action is necessary. Is the operation in “drive” to move forward or in “reverse” to move backward? Let’s hope cattle producers are moving forward, but slowly, however.


2016 June 3
Boarding wild horses must be a pretty good business and it looks as if it will only get better. I’ve seen many feedlots around the West with thousands of the wholesome creatures penned up and getting regular groceries. This past spring I even saw a band of burros in central Utah enjoying fresh hay.


by WLJ
2016 June 3
I was in my tractor listening to a radio report one day and the message I got was how disassociated people are with agriculture. I took it a step further and found 98 percent of the population today are not associated in any way with ag and that’s a big challenge for our industry.


2016 May 27
A couple months ago the Utah legislators in the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee passed HB276, The Utah Public Lands Act, which would create the Utah Division of Land Management.


by WLJ
2016 May 27
For most, I doubt that you do because we all should know that a fish out of water dies. Perhaps it took a sad day growing up, when the goldfish was found at the bottom of the bowl, to realize someone did not hold up his or her commitment to the fish and provide water.




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