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2010 May 7
Source and age verification has a bite to it. As producers, many of the management discussions are relatively painless. The discussion is free, and opinions often are welcomed. Sometimes a particular view of a subject can change when other opinions are brought to the table.
2010 April 30
“Tough news if you’re a meat lover,” said the headline on my Internet news page last Monday. Oh no, I thought, not another negative story about how eating meat is bad for you and the planet. Turns out I was wrong, but the reasons for the headline are what’s got everyone in the industry buzzing right now.
2010 April 30
Futures markets have been kind to the beef business over the past few months. Sometimes I don’t think we would have had this kind of price discovery without the futures markets, but then again, cash did lead the futures market around for a few weeks. Feeder cattle markets were also pushed into very high
2010 April 23
Retail meat markets are starting to respond with higher prices at the meat case. The recent rally in the cattle markets looks like it will stick around for awhile. The boxed beef cutout appears to have found its comfort level in the mid- to upper-$160 range for the Choice product last week and has been trading steady there.
2010 April 23
Marianna Raftopoulos, a former Moffat County commissioner and state wildlife commissioner, has died after a long battle with lymphoid leukemia. She was 55. Family members say she died in her home in northwest Colorado after leaving a Salt Lake City hospital the day before.
2010 April 23
Two groups representing farmers, ranchers and consumers have urged USDA to redo its study on the deregulation of Monsantos genetically modified (GM) alfalfa.
2010 April 23
While memories of the calving season are still fresh in your mind (and your calving book is your reference book of choice), now is the time to review this years calving distribution. Evaluate how your management is working.
2010 April 16
I hate to say it, but what goes up usually comes down. The stock market has been on a roll in recent weeks and the Dow has passed that magical 11,000 mark, hopefully providing fuel for improved consumer attitudes and increased discretionary spending. On the other hand
2010 April 16
These ideas are pretty much universal, but lets consider your cowherd. Across the country, cattle are getting better based on trends in daily gain, efficiency and quality grades. For decades, the improvements were uneven, giving up beef quality for better performance on the ranch or feedlot.
by WLJ
2010 April 16
Ladies and gentlemen, if you cant avoid going through a cow manure carwash, please keep your mouth closed. Most likely, you already knew that.
2010 April 9
The cash fed cattle market advanced to over $1 this last week, and the futures went up to $99.45. This positive basis should keep cattle moving. This is about as good as it gets. Reports are that feeders are clearing $150-$200 a head on current cattle. While the recent market
2010 April 2
The cattle markets had a nice rally last week after throwing a head fake the prior week. August feeders ran up to $114.07 and cash sales from Superior's last video sale are supporting these futures markets to some degree; the feeder cattle index is still about $108.
2010 April 2
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Is in Japan this week to promote U.S. farm exports to that country. Beef is to be featured prominently, both in the promotions and in private discussions with Japanese government officials. Both countries realize that Japans age limit on U.
2010 March 26
The accuracy and businesslike nature of records is something that the IRS has been scrutinizing more and more in recent years. The IRS expects all taxpayers to maintain canceled checks, invoices, credit card statements and similar items needed to substantiate amounts claimed as business deductions and to help prepare ones tax returns.
by WLJ
2010 March 26
The proposed changes to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) governance structure passed through the membership meeting in late January with seemingly little dissent. That was a little bit of a surprise to many on the outside, given the groundswell of grumbling from
by WLJ
2010 March 26
Since the Conatser ruling in 2008, the Utah Legislature has struggled with balancing private property rights and recreation rights. The Conatser ruling came as a shock to property owners whose lands had been protected for more than 100 years.
by WLJ
2010 March 26
Maynard Lee Potter, 70, of Emmett, ID, passed away on March 19, 2010. He was born in Watsonville, CA, on May 3, 1939, to Ralph and Margaret Potter. Potter grew up in Watsonville on his parents ranch in Larkin Valley raising tomatoes, hay and sheep. His experiences in the Future Farmers of America influenced much of his life.
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


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