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by WLJ
2016 April 22
It seems that most of what we do in the cattle business happens in seasons. I just finished up my spring bull sale season and after traveling tens of thousands of miles from Idaho to North Dakota (and not uncommon to do so in a three-day stretch) I was able to spend some time.



2016 April 15
boxed beef cutout values moved sharply higher last week to $224.43, which is signaling the start of the spring rally. Packers have also started to increase slaughter levels in preparation for the upcoming demand. This seasonal trend should allow cattle feeders to CROW.


2016 April 15
Bull docility often is mentioned as a critical talking point when bulls are bought, but it’s often simply accepted once they are unloaded at home. Never trust a bull! That is a story in itself, but the point today is the current bull inventory and the condition of the bulls.


by DTN
2016 April 15
start in more ways than one. Not only is seasonal beef demand experiencing great difficulty in locating the first rung on the ladder to Memorial Day, neither one of our major political parties seems to be making real progress in crowning a presidential nominee.
2016 April 8
Looking at the cattle futures markets down the road, it’s a little hard to get excited about feeder cattle through summer and fall. The June live cattle contract was at $132 and August is trading at $117.65. We need to see a good rally on the futures and cash markets so cattle feeders.


2016 April 8
The traditional thought process embedded in generations of beef producers would not acknowledge the countercultural role. Cow/ calf production has been anchored by strong ties to the land, which change very slowly. Those who depend on the land approach life in the same way; “stability” would be a good word.


by WLJ
2016 April 8
Historic and seasonal trends are important for reference points testing current price and production trends against a historical perspective. Fortunes have been made and lost trading on information provided by datasets from the past and staking bets accordingly.


2016 April 4
The result was The Strategic Alliances Field Study, published in August 1993. This seminal work laid the foundation for the valuebased marketing of fed cattle. At the time though, such was the outrage at the suggestion of producers working with packers that one would have thought NCA had signed a pact with the Devil.
by WLJ
2016 April 1
July can’t come soon enough. The Republican National Convention is on the horizon and “politics as usual” has taken its course over the last month. The name-calling, political positioning, and campaign negativity surrounding the remaining candidates have been escalated.


2016 March 28
In an effort to evaluate this change in management, a review was conducted comparing overall performance of the center’s herd for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011(mid-March calving) to the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 (mid-May calving).
by WLJ
2016 March 28
We all know dairy cows serve a dual purpose. In the words of our 2016 Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award winners Reid and Diane Hoover, “Our love for the dairy animal goes beyond just making milk. We know that animal has a unique quality in life in both milk and meat production.
2016 March 25
“We are filing this petition to force unelected bureaucrats to follow the law,” said PLF Staff Attorney Jonathan Wood. “This illegal regulation imposes onerous regulatory burdens on property owners and small businesses, and ultimately hurts the very species it purports to protect.

2016 March 21
The charming voice and smooth lyrics of the classic song sure make being “unforgettable” sound like an awfully good thing. Even when applied to cattle, it certainly can be. There are those “bell ringer” groups that gain and grade. They never get sick and they earn premiums upon harvest.

by WLJ
2016 March 21
Boy, oh boy, we who live in the “fly over country” sure lost some good men lately, and they were friends of mine. You all know what kind of friends I mean; you see them once or twice a year at a bull sale, in Denver at the Stock Show, been to their place for the Angus tour, or maybe they spoke at your convention.

by WLJ
2016 March 21
Trouble often comes in the form of some new policy or directive from Washington; written by a lawyer who’s never been west of the Mississippi, tainted beyond recognition by the relentless litigation of radical environmental groups, and finally implemented according to the subjective interpretation of local field office staff.

2016 March 18
Last week Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science Committee, challenged a study produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA study was in conflict with another study that claimed there was less global warming between the years 2000-2015 and it was less than scientists expected.

by WLJ
2016 March 14
The well-being and humane management of animals has long been a hot topic among consumers, and the fire doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon— with good reason. Buyers and retailers have responded to the increased demands for gentler animal handling and alternative management styles.


by WLJ
2016 March 14
Less talked about is the impact of longer feeding periods on feed efficiency (or as measured by feedyard managers, cost of gain). It seems logical from what we learned in our nutrition classes that we lose efficiency as cattle are fed longer, to fatter compositional end points.




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