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2010 September 3
Livestock producers have long had an ambivalent attitude about meat packers. They complain that packers make profits at their expense. Yet when producers own meat companies, the results have often been disastrous. Producers have discovered that operating a successful meat plant or company has unique challenges not understood by outsiders.
2010 September 3
If one stands by the fence and discusses calving, most producers are sympathetic to the late- calving cow. At least she has a live calf, is the general response. That is true, but the challenge is to move beyond acceptance and perhaps refocus and rethink this subtle, but real acceptance of late-calving cows.
by WLJ
2010 September 3
better place. He served as president of the Nevada Farm Bureau for After a life of service to country, many years and always took an in- community and family, Robert Floyd terest in local and global agricultural Thomas died Aug. 4, peacefully, after a long illness in Paradise Valley.
by WLJ
2010 August 27
Mexico recently stepped up the pressure on the U.S. to resolve the dispute over allowing trucking companies to send trucks into the U.S. to deliver goods from south of the border. Under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the U.S. was required to allow Mexican trucks access to
by WLJ
2010 August 27
It has been a topic of conversation among cattle producers and industry analysts a lot this year. Everyone wonders when the cattle cycle will turn. When will producers begin to grow their herds? When will inventory numbers begin to rise? The answers aren’t clear, but what is clear is that
by WLJ
2010 August 27
Interestingly, the largest volume consumer desired products would appear to be identified by USDA quality grades and programs. These include Prime, Choice and Certified Angus Beef. These high-volume products bring a premium in the marketplace that is available to any producer capable of supplying them.
2010 August 27
The Dickinson Research Extension Center has fed cattle for many years. For at least the last 14 years, the center has fed cattle in a commercial feedlot. Those cattle have performed well, but a struggle always remains between weaned-calf value, backgrounded-calf value and fed-calf value.
2010 August 20
The U.S. Justice Department and USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration will hold their next competition workshop this Friday, Aug. 27, in Fort Collins, CO. These workshops were scheduled last year for the government to learn more about livestock
2010 August 20
One of the driving factors in the beef business is cost. As a producer, even a producer with poor records, the cost of doing business keeps going up. Survival means balancing cost and income.
2010 August 20
Take another look at your cattle. Get out your records and take a deeper look. You think theyre the right kind, but you may have plans to improve them through breeding and management.
by WLJ
2010 August 20
She was the dearly beloved and cherished mother of Jeff R. (Roberta) Kunde and Keith L. (Stacey) Kunde, all of Kenwood, and Marcia M. (Jim) Mickelson, of Bennett Valley. She was the adored grandmother of Jared Kunde, Bobby Mickelson, Jenna Kunde, Jamie Mickelson, Jordan Kunde and Kash Kunde; as well as the loving sister of Robert Coley, of Colorado.
2010 August 13
Natural resources use is big business, and the distribution of resources like natural gas is really big business. By now, a lot of you have learned about El Paso Corporation’s plans for the $3 billion Ruby Pipeline running from southwest Wyoming across northern Utah and Nevada and into
2010 August 6
The beef checkoff is possibly the most contentious issue ever involving the cattle business. This self-help program has created more heartache among folks trying to do something positive for the industry than I have ever seen. It appears that everyone wants to love the checkoff to death
2010 August 6
In hobby loss audits, the IRS sometimes views various types of ranching activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profitoriented venture. That was the issue in the Tax Court case, Ralph Wesinger, Jr., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
2010 August 6
The cattle business is very dynamic, so it is very easy to get lost in the shuffle. The current news or the latest color print catches our eyes and we start talking. Our conversations tend to be filled with lots of thoughts sprinkled with a few facts.
by WLJ
2010 July 30
Has the beef checkoff been effective? That should be the question being asked by the Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and all other groups that have a stake in the program. The beef checkoff is
2010 July 23
1. he U.S. livestock industry has been a bit uneasy over the proposed competition rules that USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed several weeks ago. Many livestock groups have had their attorneys pouring over the proposals to figure
2010 July 16
It was a good week for feeder cattle markets. The big videos produced large volumes of yearlings, heavy yearlings that sold between $102 and $110. Calves for fall delivery were also strong and steady. The six-weight cattle were trading in the $115 range while the five weights were in the
2010 July 9
On that early afternoon, a neighbor was checking his fields. He spotted a column of smoke on our side of the canyon. A juniper tree had taken a hit in the previous nights storm and was smoldering in the freshening breeze. Nothing serious, no homes were nearby.
2010 July 9
Realizing that the bulls did not read the planning manual is a typical and not that uncommon situation after all the long-term efforts are put in place. The bottom line is that the bull wont stay in the pasture. If there isnt a bull, there will not be calves.


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