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2010 March 19
Two years ago, futures markets started to take off about this time of year. Grain, cattle and hog contracts took off like a rocket. Thoughts were that fed cattle would be in short supply and demand was pretty good. But, it just didn’t seem to make sense; the fundamentals
2010 March 12
The past few weeks, there has been encouraging news about the assault on animal agriculture. The operators of Barnum and Baily Circus filed a racketeering suit claiming the Humane Society of the United States paid $190,000 to a witness to embellish his testimony
2010 March 12
Too much qualitywhats that mean? Its like too much money; theres no such thing. Its like a bull too good, or too much hay; Neighbors too friendly, calves bringing too much pay. No matter what the other cattle made, well I aint never seen too much grade.
2010 March 5
Time does not allow us to absorb everything in one setting. For example, it often is best to read one chapter at a time in a book so one can absorb as much as possible. Bull buying is like reading a good book. It is best to do it one chapter at a time..
2010 March 5
Lead, follow, or get out of the way is apparently how the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) feels about climate change. Several months ago, EPA announced that carbon dioxide was a public endangerment and, as a result, the agency was required to manage the issue
by WLJ
2010 March 5
[Editors note: Mr. Connors is correct. The story incorrectly stated that Rep. Costa is a Republican when, in fact, he is a Democrat who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2004.].
by WLJ
2010 February 26
The livestock industry got a big shot in the arm last week in the fight against attacks by Humane Society of the United States. The Center for Consumer Freedom launched an online counter-offensive,
2010 February 19
Cattle markets have been robust over the past few weeks; fed cattle should get close to $89-90 this week which is good news for many cattle feeders. However, I am sure they don’t like paying over $1 for feeder cattle again. Some of the cattle they placed from October through December should be making
2010 February 19
Producers simply do not round up rogue cows and calves, select a calf for harvest, and then invite the neighbors over for supper. Selection processes allow producers to get a feel for the genes a bull carries without having to gamble on the bulls outward appearance.
by WLJ
2010 February 19
With public lands diminishing due to urban sprawl, beef producers have fewer and fewer options on where to raise their cattle. One option, which has been around for over a century, is to utilize grazing allotment permits from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
by WLJ
2010 February 19
On November 19, 2009, we wrote to you regarding widely held concerns that the inclusion of Worthing, South Dakota, as a par delivery point for the CME Live Cattle Futures Contract, without appropriate discounts, created the risk of your contract becoming nothing more than a dumping ground for overweight and undesirable cattle.
2010 February 12
USDA announced last week that they were altering their plans for the very unpopular National Animal Identification System (NAIS). When USDA held a series of producer input meetings last year, they certainly got an earful of negative responses. Therefore, USDA has decided to stop pursuing
by WLJ
2010 February 12
A while back, two buckaroos were riding drag on a bunch of Brahma cross cattle deep in the desert of southeastern Oregon. They turned and saw a shiny, white BMW approaching from behind on the dirt road. The driverobviously a touristrolled down his window and asked if he could move past the herd.
2010 February 12
That is a very relevant point. The art of livestock selection started centuries ago when producers realized that if they kept back a particular animal, the progeny of that animal tended to look like that animal. If both the sire and dam of the progeny were of a desirable type, then the offspring tended to be even more desirable.
2010 February 5
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Federation of State Beef Councils voted to make the transition to what was promoted as a more nimble, responsive organization by limiting the size of their board of directors. A governance task force
by WLJ
2010 February 5
Advocates for (Utah) Rep. Lorie Fowlkes bill (H.B 80), Public Access to Private Stream Beds, are suggesting it is a good compromise. Nothing could be further from the truth for Utahs landowners. Webster tells us a compromise is a basic negotiation process in which both parties give up something for something they want.
2010 February 5
The American wind power industry grew substantially in 2009 and at this point, almost 2 percent of the countrys electricity is produced from wind turbines. Many of these turbines are on farm and ranch properties all over the country. I have received many inquiries from people who have been approached by wind turbine developers.
2010 January 29
The business of humanity doesn’t seem like it should be a business at all. But the Humane Society of the United States ( HSUS) has done just that, made it a business. HSUS has been a creative bunch when it comes to bending the public’s perception of agriculture. Last week, there were several announcements that


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