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by WLJ
2012 February 24
Are your cattle prepared for the spring calving season? With all of the efforts that are put forth during basic cattle management, it can be easy to forget the small stuff. One of the “small” but very important aspects of nutrition involves adequate mineral intake.
2012 February 17
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) said their primary issue this year was going to be a strong attempt to eliminate estate taxes. Last week, President Obama revealed his budget proposal of $3.8 trillion for next year. Unfortunately, many of his tax and spending CROW.
2012 February 10
Since the middle of December, feeder cattle prices have shot straight up. Last week, August feeders were trading over $160. Can we really believe they could go much higher while fed cattle are languishing at $125? This market is simply amazing. Last week, National Cattlemen’s Beef CROW.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
There are do’s and don’t’s which farmers, ranchers and horse owners should be aware of in complying with IRS Regulations. The IRS is not looking for any higher standard of recordkeeping than expected of ordinary small businesses.
2012 February 10
In other words, large, medium and small types tend to have the same working parts and, for all practical considerations, in the same proportion as all members of the herd. That being said, the obvious constraints of larger or smaller cattle rest more with the management of the producer’s system than the actual size of the cattle.
by WLJ
2012 February 10
Signs of illness may appear vague at first, but most often include: anorexia, rapid weight loss and bloody diarrhea. Severe cases may have very watery diarrhea with strands of sloughed intestinal mucosa. Animals quickly become emaciated, dehydrated and very weak.
2012 February 3
Last week’s annual cattle inventory report showed that cattle numbers were much lower than expected, down 2.1 percent from last year. The drought in the southwest can perhaps take sole responsibility for most of the decline, with Texas eliminating 660,000 cows and CROW.
2012 January 27
It looks like cattle markets are going to start the winter spring rally, at least that’s what many market watchers are assuming. Feeder cattle just seem to get higher and higher and fed cattle are starting to rally a bit after the Christmas slump.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
Cattle prices are at record high levels and will push even higher in 2012 and beyond. Retail beef prices are increasing and will push higher but it is uncertain how much and how fast.
2012 January 27
However, one thing about models is that, as new data comes in, the model simply repredicts. If the projections based on various assumptions do not hold true, then the assumptions can be changed and new projections created. This process really has no end and actually creates a lot of news and information that, in turn, drives managerial decisions.
2012 January 13
But that’s not all there is. Eating experience is not independent of another important factor: intramuscular fat, or those tiny flecks of flavor found in high-quality beef. They add juiciness and make beef taste like, well, beef. Consumers can have both highly marbled and highly tender beef, if they don’t get tunnel focused on the latter.
2012 January 13
A while back, my wife and Fortunately the waitress I were invited to a friend’s was used to dealing with the Angora goat shearing. I was public—especially the ec- given the distinctive hon centric ones. Politely, she or—at least, that’s what explained that she’d marked they told me—of being the my drink with a chocolate designated mugger.
2012 January 13
It seems that when McDonald’s restaurants speak, everybody listens. McDonald’s is a big target for food activists but a huge customer of agriculture. They do seem a bit sensitive over some of the food issues, like humane treatment, accusations that their food stuffs are over pro- CROW.
2012 January 6
This arrangement would have allowed the stock show to grow and be better than ever. And perhaps bring in a host of other livestock events. The new grounds would be easy to use and out of the way of the major traffic lanes on I-25 and I-70. In addition, there are plenty of hotels in the proposed area and it would be a good fit.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Beef and cattle prices increased to new record levels in 2011 and are expected to push even higher in 2012. Several years of declining cattle inventories culminated in late 2011 with a projected 3 percent decrease in slaughter that combined with lighter carcass weights to result in 3.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Many of us must have wells to provide water all or part of the year. The roads with so much traffic, the dust, the noise, the allnight noise and light and the vapors from tanks and pits keep parts of your property unusable far beyond the space fenced for drilling.
2011 December 30
Coming into a new year is always filled with optimism for a better year for many reasons. When it comes to Ag commodities, it would be hard to think of prices getting any higher.
2011 December 16
ThUnited Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report suggesting that meat consumption is expected to increase 73 percent by 2050, just 38 years away. I guess we better get busy building our cow herds; if those numbers are right, we’ve.
2011 December 9
It looks like we may have popped the holiday beef bubble this last week. Cattle markets were roaring hot two weeks ago when fed cattle traded as high as $128 live and $208 dressed. Now, the buying interest is about $3-5 lower for last week. Cattle feeders certainly had to do well on those transactions.
2011 December 2
There are lots of options in today’s meat-consuming world and Whole Foods has worked hard to provide unique meat products for their customers. The store is very proud of their products, but not everyone can afford to shop there. They have just over 300 stores nationwide and have obviously done their demographic homework.


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