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2016 November 18
of a particular breed is key to embracing any particular type of cattle. Interestingly, each producer had gotten past the early introduction issues of a newer breed of cattle and finally moved herds of to a predominately Salers base. Patience with an eye on a focused goal was critical.
2016 November 11
Your limit could be “knowing” what is not so. Folks in harsh environments often resort to operating herds of “tough” cattle that can take whatever nature dishes out— but also maintain a tough profile when chefs try to create a beef dish for consumers..
by WLJ
2016 November 11
My family and I closed a chapter in our lives when we sold the last piece of our ranch just outside of Midland, TX. My grandchildren were the sixth generation to have the privilege of taking care of that piece of the world.
2016 November 4
Like many of you, I’ve eaten many diff e r e n t types of beef during my lifetime. The first was grass-fed beef from Hereford-Holstein crosses that my family raised on the South Island of New Zealand. Understandably, it counts as some of the best beef I’ve enjoyed.
by DTN
2016 November 4
Although she has served as a passionate surrogate for Clinton throughout the fall, she aggressively moved to circle her own wagons in such a way last month to suggest real doubt about exactly who will prevail on Nov. 8. Specifically, the First Lady fortified her cherished White House vegetable garden with concrete, stone and steel.
by WLJ
2016 October 28
When cattle prices erratically head lower, it’s easy to take issue with reports of higher packer margins or retail beef prices that still seem relatively high. But in a volatile market, the segments along beef’s supply chain often see much above- or below-average returns.

2016 October 28
If the bull was turned out June 1, the second trimester of the cows’ pregnancy starts early to mid-September and the third trimester starts Dec. 12. Thus, the last week in September starts a positive opportunity to position the cows for calving and rebreeding next year.
2016 October 28
Many times a potential advertiser will call and not be able to, for whatever reason, identify what they’d like their ad to say. In most of these situations, I’ll ask general questions about their operation, what they’re trying to sell, and if they’ve seen ads in the past that they’ve liked or, more importantly, disliked.

by WLJ
2016 October 21
Although it seems like I’m still brand new, November will mark the end of my first year as Executive Director of the Public Lands Council. It will also mark my first time notching 100,000 miles of air travel in a single year.
by WLJ
2016 October 21
There was plenty of blame to go around as cattle owners assess their positions in a market that can’t find a bottom. Some advanced the notion that computerized trading in the futures was responsible for the large drop in prices. Others faulted formula selling.
2016 October 21
Since 1918, the Tax Code has provided for the net operating loss carryover (NOL). It is a fundamental feature of U.S. tax law. According to IRS statistics, in 2014 over 1.2 million taxpayers filed for an NOL deduction, with the average amount being $163,292 for a total amount of $196.
by DTN
2016 October 21
When the country-fried Machiavellian named James Carville was advising future President Bill Clinton to stay on message and cut to the core worry of voters in 1992, he developed a mantra for the campaign to chant its way to victory: “It’s the economy, stupid.


by WLJ
2016 October 21
It’s the expansion phase for the North American beef cow herd. For most farmers and ranchers, that means finding ways to increase the number of cows rather than the size of each. And of course, everybody’s talking about size— makes sense when you think about the escalating annual cost of keeping an average cow on the place.


by WLJ
2016 October 14
Never before has the agriculture industry faced as many challenges as we do today, and they are not expected to subside anytime soon. We have all seen the statistics: 9 billion people by 2050. Feeding this increased population will require at least a 60 percent increase in agricultural productivity.
by WLJ
2016 October 14
In the article on Sept. 23, 2016, “NCBA files for intervener status in checkoff case,” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) made false statements regarding the beef checkoff audits. Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) would like to set the record straight.
by WLJ
2016 October 14
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. BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment.
by WLJ
2016 October 7
Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was intended to prevent the extinction of species through recovery and removal from the threatened and endangered list. However, after more than four decades, the ESA is failing with a recovery and delisting rate of less than 2 percent.


2016 September 30
Not many people in the beef industry would prefer a pork chop to a beef ribeye, but consumers aren’t that faithful to one protein or another. While they have preferences, their choice of meat in the grocery store is often determined by price and how much meat their dollars will buy.


2016 September 30
Some of my first assignments included writing about what the “prediction of $4 corn” would do to cattle management and the possibility of camera grading in U.S. packing plants. Many Reiman-authored articles circa 2006 or 2007 talk of “marbling as a lifetime event.




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