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2009 November 30
Cattle are built to take most weather in strideas long as they stay in their region of origin and the weather stays normal. Northern cattle with winter hair coats are comfortable with temperatures down to 20 Fahrenheit (F), unless they get wet and the wind blows.
2009 November 30
In reality, animal identification has been around since animals were domesticated and will continue as long as we own animals. As soon as the new family dog arrives at home, the discussion turns to naming the new pet, along with the purchase of a collar and tags.
by WLJ
2009 November 20
Two weeks ago, there was another undercover video turned over to Fox News in Chicago, IL, that showed workers on one of the nation’s largest hog operations abusing animals in their care. Country View Family Farms (CVFF), a subsidiary of Hatfield Quality Meats, sat down with the Fox News Channel to view the footage taped by
by WLJ
2009 November 20
Reality has taught Congress is slow on oversight because of political pressure brought to bear if they invade the sanctuary of these groups tax-free 501(c)(3) status..
by WLJ
2009 November 20
Richard P. Gabica, 95, died Nov. 3, 2009, at his home in Nampa, ID. Richard was born July 29, 1914, to Elias and Valentina Uberuaga Gabica at Reynolds, where his father was grazing sheep in the Owyhee Mountains near the Reynolds Creek Ranch. The story is told that at the birth of his son, Elias went to Silver City, NV, to celebrate for three days.
2009 November 20
A discussion was initiated as to where one should look to find out why the value that the producer receives for beef seems to be questioned. It goes without much discussion that this topic is complicated and difficult.
2009 November 13
There is a time to set aside the business of life and simply do. Even the best-run business, cattle or otherwise, cannot deny that, in the end, someone else is in control, regardless of who we are, and really does not ask for input.
2009 November 13
If Wal-Mart were in the cattle business, it would probably serve as an operating definition of leastcost producer. People might refer to its cowherd enterprise as the model for slashing expenses.
2009 November 13
It appears to me that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting to the point where they can choose industries that will be winners and losers in this economy. EPA has recently changed their thinking on coarse particulate matter and reduced acceptable levels by 90 percent compared to
2009 November 10
Sustainability is a word we’ve been hearing a lot about lately and, most of the time, it’s made in reference #to organic agriculture. Sustainability (is defined) as the ability to continue or carry on. There% is also? a *definition in the dictionary that says "to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life." There are no references made to—environment or organic agriculture. Ironically, organic agriculture= is using the word to- describe the difference between organic and conventional agriculture.
2009 November 6
Most folk in the cattle/ beef industry will be happy to see the end of one of the most challenging years in history. You have to go back to 1973, when President Nixon imposed price controls on beef, to find one as challenging. The market was in uproar the rest of the year.
2009 November 6
Next time you pull your boots on, reflect for a moment about how the leather business affects the price of cattle. You might be surprised at how much. That's because hides, which are turned into all types of leather, make up two-thirds of the value of all the byproducts that come from each animal.
2009 November 6
US Premium Beef (USPB) remains a remarkable model of how beef producers can work with, not against, packers and put more money in their pockets. USPB began operations in 1997 with a minority ownership in then Farmland National Beef and has gone from strength to strength.
2009 November 6
The U.S.s shrinking cattle population is becoming a huge concern for the beef industry. The main reason for the declining numbers is lack of profitability. Cattle feeders in particular have lost billions of dollars in equity in the past two years. The main reason for this is high input costs and weak beef demand due to the recession.
2009 November 6
Fed cattle processors enjoyed their best August operating margins since 2003. The real story, though, is that they achieved this not at the expense of cattle feeders. In fact, the opposite occurred. Cattle feeders enjoyed a strong and much-needed rally in prices.
2009 November 6
Go into any supermarket and youll find that most poultry items are branded with a company name. These include Tyson, Perdue and Pilgrims, which is soon to be majority-owned by JBS. Branded beef is much harder to find. There are niche brands such as Harris, Maverick, Lauras Lean and Coleman.
2009 November 6
The fall of the year is the time to make herd evaluations and managerial and nutritional improvements without fighting the weather. The key to understanding the overall performance of a herd is
by WLJ
2009 November 6
Dear Pete, That was a great article you wrote in the (Western Livestock) Journal on Oct. 5, 2009. Pollan certainly does not know hardly anything about the cattle business and the food everybody eats.
2009 November 2
Have you been thinking about all the proposed legislation pending in Washington? You've got healthcare reform, climate change legislation and clean water legislation that will give the federal government authority over all water.
2009 October 30
If one has ever dismantled an old home, lifting the floorboards can be quite interesting. Perhaps it is as simple as an old coin that rolled between the boards or a long-held stash of papers put there as a place to reside and eventually were boarded over.
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