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2010 December 3
The continued strength of the feeder and fed cattle markets makes a mockery of claims that the market is broken. Just a month or so ago, some analysts were forecasting that fed cattle prices would fall to $90 per cwt. or go even lower. Yet cash prices topped $100 again the week before last and went even higher last week.
2010 December 3
The Dickinson Research Extension Center utilizes many bulls and always evaluates bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout their life span. Perhaps the most challenging evaluation is to ask if the bulls meet the current objectives of the breeding program or expected market for the calves.
by WLJ
2010 November 24
A recent survey showed the Humane Society of the United States is now the go-to source of information for consumers looking into the humane treatment of food animals and industry production practices. That study, conducted by the Center for Food Integrity and released last month, ought to be giving the industry a little heartburn.
2010 November 19
I’m constantly amazed at how we do business in the livestock industry. Millions of dollars trade hands in the country on a word and a hand-shake. There has seldom been a problem and, if there was, it was dealt with and we moved on. There’s been a lot of talk about Eastern Livestock Company’s recent
2010 November 12
Somewhere along the trail, this situation with Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act went from an economic issue to a social issue. One thing for certain is you can’t have a good social policy in this country without a
2010 November 12
Ben and April Nichols were cleaning up the Buzzard Allotmentwith around a hundred bullson the Grand Mesa National Forest just before hunting season. The highways were full of hunters headed to the hills, eager to point a rifle at something with hair.
2010 November 12
The call came late in the day after most people had left the office. Do you know who the calf carrying the electronic identification number 123123- 123123123 is? Would you have the calf in your database? These questions are asked often and involve the process of verifying a calf and crosschecking the database.
by WLJ
2010 November 12
Cattle industry leader Richard Mc- Donald, 66, of Amarillo, TX, died Fri- day, Oct. 29, 2010, in Amarillo. McDonald, retired president and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Asso ciation (TCFA), died following an in- spiring year-long battle with cancer. Richard Peterson McDonalds life of service to agriculture began with his birth on Feb.
2010 November 5
It was a good week in some parts of the country after Tuesdays events. On Wednesday morning, after the tally was made, it appeared that hope and change took on a whole new meaning. This was the largest voter turnout for any midterm election in history, which shows us just how disappointed the country is about the current state of our government.
2010 November 5
After about 30 years handling tax audits, appeals and U.S. Tax Court cases, it seems to me that the IRS is taking a more aggressive approach against people in various industriesincluding livestock and horse activities. If you are audited by the IRS and you have a history of losses with little or no profits, the following advice pertains to you.
2010 November 5
A common marketing claim is the source and age verification of calves. As producers gather cattle to go to market, they have the option to provide documentation to a third-party verifier that their calves are eligible to be source and age verified. Seems simple, and many producers are offering their calves as sourced and aged.
by WLJ
2010 October 29
The midterm elections on Nov. 2 promise to be interesting and potentially historic. They are likely to be the most expensive in history and they are also probably going to go down as the most corrosive elections yet. There hasn't been much good news or positive spin generated by candidates of either party.
2010 October 29
Here's a simple question to start. Why do you think live cattle prices shot above $100 the week before last? I'm sure you know the reasons, but let me offer another. Packers are throwing money at cattle feeders in a brazen attempt to bribe them into opposing the proposed Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule.
2010 October 29
There's a reason U.S. beef is the best in the world. For decades, U.S. producers like me have invested in genetic improvements and herd-management practices that have allowed us to add value and enhance the quality and safety of our products for consumers in the U.
2010 October 22
There are quite a few regulatory issues affecting agriculture that have been promoted by the Obama administration. Most of the real damage is coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Just the clean water and clean air issues alone pose a great threat to the profitability of agriculture.
2010 October 22
The oldest cow on record died in Ireland in 1993 at the age of 49, having been born on St. Patricks Day 1944 in Kerry and producing 39 calves over time. So she missed a few yearsbig deal.
2010 October 22
Third-party verification sounds and is very simple. For someone who wants assurances that others are doing what they say they are doing, you simply ask a third, unbiased person to validate the claims.
by WLJ
2010 October 15
Berry attended a one-room country school with four other boys. He then attended Cheyenne High School and was a member of the ROTC. He graduated from high school in 1936 and enrolled at the University of Wyoming for one year on a Union Pacific Scholarship.
by WLJ
2010 October 15
Have you ever started watching a movie and found yourself with the feeling that you’ve seen it before? Maybe it is a remake of an old movie; maybe you had seen the movie in the past and just forgotten that you had watched it. Maybe Hollywood ran out of good story ideas and
2010 October 8
The proposed rule changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act have sure gained a lot of attention from members of the House and Senate. Last week, several lawmakers wrote USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to conduct a thorough economic analysis of the proposed rule changes, which seems like a reasonable request.


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