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2011 September 9
Labor Day also signals the end of the summer and is the last big back yard grilling weekend. Reports suggest that beef sales over the holiday weekend were lighter than many market analysts had hoped. However, post Labor Day cattle markets appear to be stronger.
2011 September 9
Back at the ranch, some of the Dickinson Research Extension Centers small grain hay, which is winter-seeded triticale and hairy vetch, will yield almost 5 tons per acre. The soft dough is around 12.5 percent moisture. For typical dryland production, those are some big numbers.
by WLJ
2011 September 9
2012 Farm Bill discussions are well underway. In fact, I suspect words will begin to appear in writing a lot sooner than most of us originally expected. We are hearing that congressional leaders may begin drafting a farm bill this fall.
2011 September 2
It's time somebody gets a handle on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and reins in this outfit. This is one of those government agencies that started with good intentions and has done a good service for the most part. However, over the past few years, CROW.
2011 September 2
Cow/calf producers and stocker operators in western and northern states are enjoying one of their best grass seasons for some years. Contrast this with the dire conditions in Texas, Oklahoma, parts of surrounding states and all the way to Florida.
by WLJ
2011 August 26
The beef export numbers released last week are truly amazing. Beef sales to overseas buyers for the first half of 2011 are on track to set new records this year, potentially surpassing the $5 billion mark for the first time in history. This bodes very well for U.
2011 August 26
A sub-genre in fiction is called fan fiction. Look it up online and youll see how the interactivity keeps story engines humming as mostly school-age writers explore plot twists, hinges and consequences. Facebook has an interactive fiction game called Farmville.
2011 August 26
Under the IRS hobby loss rule, if you have losses in connection with any farming activity, whether livestock, horses, or crops, the IRS may suspect that the activity is engaged in as a hobby rather than a business, particularly if there is a history of losses.
2011 August 19
Many cattlemen in the southern Plains and south have been forced to sell deep into their cow herds, knowing that restocking in the future will come at a much higher price level. Many have scoured the country for pasture, trying to keep their valuable cow herds intact regardless of trucking costs.
2011 August 12
Any proposed National Animal Identification System has been a contentious issue in the past. Now it looks as if it is going to be a condition of trade soon. Last week, USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service kicked out its proposed rule for Animal Disease Traceability, or what some might call mandatory animal identification. This time the
by WLJ
2011 August 12
This summer’s heat and dry weather throughout the western states has presented an added challenge to producers in the region. According to the National Weather Service, more than 1,000 heat records have been set or tied during the month of July throughout the nation.
2011 August 12
She�s a little bit of a thing, doesn�t weigh as much as a big bag of dog food. This Aussie/Border Collie cross is short on cow skills, long on sheep, and her favorite thing in the world is an unruly hog. Ordinarily, I�d never think of her as a theft target�except for one thing� packrats.
by WLJ
2011 August 12
In 1964, the family moved into town. Green worked at the fair- grounds helping Jay Binder and Sonny Bain. He was very active in 4-H and FFA and showed many steers. His numerous animal proj- ects, including steers, horses and dogs, were financed through several after-school and summer jobs.
by WLJ
2011 August 5
As every single rancher who lives west of the Mississippi River knows, our nations leading environmental laws have evolved from species and resource protection acts at their inception to land and water control acts today.
2011 August 5
Generally, the operational model is renewed, and the managerial motto that �if it worked before, it will work again� can be heard humming in the background. By this time, one should be asking if I am talking about resilience or if I have shifted to resistance.
2011 August 5
With the former CBB leadership gone, it appears that all the drama is gone with them, which has changed the complexion of the entire episode. However, I would be certain that some activist cattlemen’s groups will continue to fan the flame in an effort to harm NCBA’s policy efforts.
2011 July 29
It has been a mixed bag in the cattle markets this past week. Superior Livestock Auction’s big Video Royale Sale in Winnemucca, NV, produced some excellent prices for all classes of cattle. Five- to six-weight calves for fall delivery were trading well into the $150-plus range and yearlings for immediate
2011 July 29
Although we export only 12-14 percent of our production, strong global demand has raised beef prices and has partially offset spluttering demand at home. Exports have significantly raised cattle values. The export boom is adding more than $200 per head to the value of fed cattle.
2011 July 29
Dear WLJ Editor: I apologize for missing the deadline on my monthly Bull Tales column. I was preoccupied at the time. You see, I was headed into my office when I spotted a plume of smoke a couple miles southeast of my place.


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