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2010 February 12
USDA announced last week that they were altering their plans for the very unpopular National Animal Identification System (NAIS). When USDA held a series of producer input meetings last year, they certainly got an earful of negative responses. Therefore, USDA has decided to stop pursuing
by WLJ
2010 February 12
A while back, two buckaroos were riding drag on a bunch of Brahma cross cattle deep in the desert of southeastern Oregon. They turned and saw a shiny, white BMW approaching from behind on the dirt road. The driverobviously a touristrolled down his window and asked if he could move past the herd.
2010 February 12
That is a very relevant point. The art of livestock selection started centuries ago when producers realized that if they kept back a particular animal, the progeny of that animal tended to look like that animal. If both the sire and dam of the progeny were of a desirable type, then the offspring tended to be even more desirable.
2010 February 5
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Federation of State Beef Councils voted to make the transition to what was promoted as a more nimble, responsive organization by limiting the size of their board of directors. A governance task force
by WLJ
2010 February 5
Advocates for (Utah) Rep. Lorie Fowlkes bill (H.B 80), Public Access to Private Stream Beds, are suggesting it is a good compromise. Nothing could be further from the truth for Utahs landowners. Webster tells us a compromise is a basic negotiation process in which both parties give up something for something they want.
2010 February 5
The American wind power industry grew substantially in 2009 and at this point, almost 2 percent of the countrys electricity is produced from wind turbines. Many of these turbines are on farm and ranch properties all over the country. I have received many inquiries from people who have been approached by wind turbine developers.
2010 January 29
The business of humanity doesn’t seem like it should be a business at all. But the Humane Society of the United States ( HSUS) has done just that, made it a business. HSUS has been a creative bunch when it comes to bending the public’s perception of agriculture. Last week, there were several announcements that
2010 January 29
The weaning weight EPD reflects the pounds a bull is expected to contribute to his offspring when compared with other bulls in the breed randomly mated to cows within the breed. The real meaning of the number is the difference in genes that affect, in this case, weaning weight.
2010 January 29
Money talks, but apparently not loud enough to get the Obama administration to take a fresh approach to getting Japan to relax its restrictions on U.S. beef imports. Perhaps it is because the beef industry hasnt screamed enough about how much money the industry is losing because of the severely limited access to the Japanese market.
by WLJ
2010 January 22
It’s a pretty basic concept, telling the truth. It’s one of the first things that most of us learn as children. It’s the one rule that has swift consequences for most kids when they break it. Yet it’s the one rule that seems to get tossed aside when people become adults. There are seemingly few consequences for adults who choose not to follow
2010 January 22
The Dickinson Research Extension Center and the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) have rejoined forces to demonstrate and document a heifer development program. The NDBCIA and the center had a similar project in the late 1990s..
by WLJ
2010 January 22
Hod was a 1956 graduate of East High School and a 1960 graduate of Morningside College, Sioux City. He was in the trucking business for many years as the president of Premier Trucking Company and Denver Midwest Truck Line. While in the trucking business, he was on the board of directors for the Nebraska and Colorado Motor Carriers.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
Drawing what may have been an unintended comparison of water use priorities, Allen Biaggi, director of Nevadas Department of Natural Resources, whose agency recently authorized the controversial mining and export of up to 60,000 acre feet of water...
2010 January 15
It would appear that the meat industry is in for some substantial growth in the years to come. Last week, the International Livestock Congress took place in Denver, CO, during the National Western Stock Show. Richard Brown, meat market analyst for international consulting firm GIRA, said that worldwide meat
2010 January 15
The center sold 2-year-old replacement bred heifers and 3-year-old bred cows. The bred heifers marketed in late October weighed 982 pounds and averaged $721 per head. The bred heifers marketed in mid-November weighed 1,105 pounds and averaged $925 per head.
2010 January 15
When cattlemen trudge through four-foot snow drifts in 30-mile-per-hour winds and single-digit temperatures to check on a sick calf, it isnt exactly the same picture of serenity. At that moment, northern producers must think they must live in the toughest place in the world for raising cattle.
2010 January 8
The bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) incident of eight years ago was starting to look like just a bad dream, but it seems to keep coming back even though the U.S. has only two domestic cases recorded. It is such a small issue anymore for the U.S., it’s surprising that anyone would want to make an issue over it at all. However, that’s not the case
2009 December 31
Beef markets have been frightfully stagnant this past year and that has weighed heavily on live cattle prices. The last big rally we had in beef sales was about 16 months ago when the export market exploded with the opening of the South Korean market and the Russians were very short on meat. Cutout values ran up to the $1.70 level and cleared


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