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by WLJ
2013 February 8
protocols. The findings showed synchronized naïve beef heifers vaccinated with a five-way MLV were more likely to have abnormal estrous cycles. This same group of heifers also had significantly lower pregnancy rates than those vaccinated with a well-adjuvanted, inactivated vaccine (INV).
2013 February 1
Plainview was the sixth largest plant on the Southern Plains and its idling causes 4,650 head of daily slaughter capacity to be lost to cattle feeders. But the market grossly over-reacted and Plainview’s absence will have little impact on Southern Plains’ live cattle prices this year.
2013 February 1
“Producers do put pressure on growth, since they get some of the benefit in added pounds at weaning,” he said. “Unfortunately, grade is often overlooked as folks think, ‘It’s not my problem.’” More than 70 percent of today’s cattle are sold on a grid or formula where quality is a key component.
2013 February 1
The live cattle market regained all the losses that were realized two weeks ago after Cargill announced the closing of their Plainview, TX, beef plant. The market has made nearly a full recovery. I’ll admit, it was a bizarre day at the CME when the news came about.
by WLJ
2013 February 1
Cattle infected with LHB typically appear clinically normal but can shed the bacteria for months or years, putting the entire herd at risk for poor reproductive performance, early embryonic death, delayed breeding, abortions, weak or stillborn calves and unexplained infertility.
2013 January 25
On one of my last days at the National Western Stock Show, I had a great visit with a longtime friend and ag educator, Pat Stanko from Steamboat Springs, CO. We spent some time discussing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their latest at- EATHERTON.
2013 January 25
“We sell to people who are going to cook product and please guests—they’re not buying for themselves and they’re not shopping for price,” says Mort Kent, U.S. Foods of Denver, CO. “They have a reputation to uphold and their customers expect consistency and quality, and they’re willing to pay for it.
2013 January 25
The process is long, but continuous, just like herd selection. Selection, in the short term, ends with the purchase of a bull. In reality, the newly purchased bull will add genes to the breed and ultimately make a genetic contribution within the herd and very likely within the breed as a whole.
2013 January 18
Beef sales for 2013 have started off with a big thud; consumer demand is fading in the shadow of less expensive pork and poultry. Competing with those meats in the grocery store will be a big challenge for the beef industry this year. Most market watchers were looking for the beef cutout values to get much closer to $2 by now.
2013 January 18
When I started teaching a course on genetics several years ago, the textbook name was “iGenetics: A Mendelian Approach” by Peter J. Russell. This fall, I am teaching the same course. However, the text is now “iGenetics: A Molecular Approach” by Peter J. Russell.
by WLJ
2013 January 18
Unprecedented new demands for agricultural products have caused significant changes in crop production and have provoked huge impacts on livestock production. Input market shocks, dynamic global markets and drought have all contributed to volatile short term market conditions.
2013 January 11
I can feel it coming. That word sustainability is coming around again and from what I can see, it may be getting more political, driving food policy in the U.S. Last week, I stumbled upon an article from an Israeli university that was promoted by Israel’s green party.
2013 January 11
Ever since the inception of income tax, all areas of farming have enjoyed generous tax benefits. Livestock owners are permitted to take depreciation deductions on their farm to offset gross income, as well as to deduct reasonable costs of operating a livestock breeding or activity from other income.
2013 January 11
Some presents were wrapped in gold paper with a big red bow. Others were less elegant, but showed they were packaged with love. Some givers are even known for their ability to dodge traditional wrapping by handing over a shopping bag with the present inside.
2013 January 4
are currently very nice premiums for feeder cattle and live cattle on the futures markets. August feeders are at $163.50 and the February live cattle contract is at $133.70, with April at $137.10. The futures markets are offering good hedges and producers ought to take a look at locking down CROW.
2013 January 4
As far as the heifers go, we have a 96 percent pregnancy rate, but only 85 percent are predicted to calve by June 15. Some would say feelings have limited value when culling cows or replacement heifers. However, there always is that gut twinge when sending a well-grown, well-haired heifer to market.
2013 January 4
It’s startling to realize that the U.S. has lost 14.5 million cattle since 1996. The beef industry has adjusted to the loss of these millions of cattle, notably by improving productivity per animal, better red meat yields and record heavy carcass weights for steers and heifers.
2012 December 28
The bull’s genes were measured and presented as data at the time of sale. By utilizing that data, bulls may be sorted and selected with considerable accuracy. However, the data does not stop with the purchase of the bull. Breed associations constantly are updating their databases and fine-tuning the expected prog eny.
by WLJ
2012 December 28
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has a lot to be proud of in 2012. We continue to be the trusted leader and definitive voice serving the U.S. beef industry. We continue to successfully represent cattlemen and women in Washington, D.C., making sure that rural America’s voice is heard loud and clear.
2012 December 28
The so called fiscal cliff is set to occur early this week and it doesn’t appear that our leaders in Washington, D.C., are too concerned about the issue. There was a little noise made last Thursday. But it’s becoming apparent that we’ll take that ride over the cliff and it is probably CROW.


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