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2011 July 1
Boy, it really makes you wonder just how these guys in government think. This country owes more that $14 trillion and we are running a $1.6 trillion budget deficit, but Congress is squabbling over a few free trade agreements (FTAs) that would create more than $20 billion in commerce between
by WLJ
2011 July 1
Marlene May Wood was born Sept. 10, 1933, in Susanville, CA, and spent her early years in Bun- tingville, Lassen County, with her parents, Lloyd and Florence Hoff- man, and her brothers, John and Floyd. She passed away Friday, June 24, 2011, in her home at Horse Lake Ranch in Susanville.
by WLJ
2011 July 1
While USDA already has traceability requirements as part of existing animal disease control programs, the proposed framework goes much further to require animal tagging and tracing of all adult cattle moving in interstate commerce, even absent any active disease threat.
by WLJ
2011 July 1
There is a thriving worldwide market for horse meat...but no one in the U.S. is able to start a horse meat businesses, create a single job, or help meet the consumer demand for an affordable, delicious, high quality protein source.
2011 June 24
There is more volatility in the commodity markets. Two weeks ago, cattle markets were on a roll, gaining several dollars going into Father’s Day weekend with cash fed cattle trading at $108-109. Then the June 1 Cattle on Feed report came out and, the following Monday morning, the markets took off. It was starting to look like the
2011 June 24
Records should confirm those mature-weight guesses and, factoring in average weaning weights, point out the most and least efficient cows. Ear tag numbers should convey age at a glance, and the oldest cows have made us the most money.
2011 June 24
The recent Beef Improvement Fede r a t i o n (BIF) Conf e r e n c e held in Bozeman, MT, was a highlight for anyone interested in beef cattle genetics, efficiency and new technology. For background, beef production is the fourth largest U.S. manufacturing industry with $71 billion retail equivalent value in 2006 (www.
by WLJ
2011 June 24
While the USDAs Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administrations (GIPSA) proposed livestock and poultry marketing rule is intended to provide a fair market, should it be implemented, it will be anything but fair to progressive producers, consumers and the cattle themselves.
2011 June 17
For us, this has been a rugged winter. I know this because I have my tractor mechanic’s phone number memorized. This is not speed dial—we’re talking memorized and available at a moment’s notice. In my old age, I might forget my own phone number, but his is burned in my memory. One day, he and I were sipping coffee at a restaurant in town and discussing options for my aged backhoe.
2011 June 16
The big summer video sales are around the corner and they are usually the market setters. Cattle markets have been in a decline over the past six to eight weeks, but appear to have stabilized for now. Cash fed cattle seemed to have drawn a line at $104, but that is far from what unhedged feeders will require to
2011 June 9
In just a few weeks, the summer beef industry conference will be held in Orlando, FL. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Federation of State Beef Councils, state cattlemen’s associations and just about anyone else connected to the beef industry will meet to set policy and
2011 June 3
There have been quite a few political issues on the front burner lately that have a huge effect on the cattle and beef industry. The political winds appear to be shifting, and a pro-business environment seems to be slowly developing. It seems that lawmakers are at least acting serious
by WLJ
2011 June 3
This week (May 30-June 3, 2011), we are honoring two engines in our nations diverse economy: trade and the American beef industry. These two engines at first look may not seem like a natural fit. However, it is telling that World Trade Week occurs during American Beef Month.
2011 May 27
The fed cattle markets have been ugly the past month, down $19 in seven weeks. Many market analysts were expecting a decline going into the summer and forecast a typical seasonal decline around 15 percent by July. This average decline would have placed the market in the neighborhood of $105 from
2011 May 27
When you breed or turn out bulls with heifers or cows, you have certain expectations. Ideally, you want each of them to become pregnant, deliver an unassisted, healthy calf, and raise it to half its mommas weight six months later.
2011 May 27
The beef business hit some positive returns, according to the North Dakota Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Program (www.ndfarmmanagement. com) and FINBIN (www. finbin.umn.edu/) farm financial database from the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.
2011 May 20
There has been a lot of talk about the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, making a move over the past few weeks. The idea of the 105-year-old livestock show moving to a new location has been in the works for the past 10 years and it appears there is some real traction behind the effort. At the NWSS annual board
2011 May 20
Numbers are sketchy, but perhaps that remains at the heart of the many issues in the beef business. Granted, there are numbers by the truckload for markets and feedlots. These numbers are utilized daily and help guide those involved in some portions of the beef industry.
2011 May 20
Its not commonly known in all parts of the country, but yours truly takes photographs. Ive spent years chasing around the Pacific Northwest taking pictures of rural and agricultural people in all sorts of situationssome dire, others, proud and happy.


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