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by WLJ
2009 October 30
I just finished reading John Robinsons article on the BLM [Bureau of Land Management] wild horse program [dated] 10/12. That was like getting hit with a hot shot. I then opened the front page to read my favorite column, Comments, and another article by John Robinson on world food production, the second jolt from a hot shot.
2009 October 23
Cattle markets have improved a bit over the past two weeks and some segments of the beef industry are moving along very well. The fall bull sales around the country have been stronger than many of us expected and
2009 October 23
Nows the time many people save money on spring-calving cows. They have just weaned the calves, or perhaps weaned them several weeks ago, so that the cows are in pretty good shape. That would usually be at least body condition score (BCS) 5 to 6, depending on where they live and how much money the owners plan to save on feed.
2009 October 23
Fairness and other market positioning often are expressed as frustration or confrontation rather than organized planning. The outcome of the conversations is varied. However, the general summation usually leaves things as they are, a little frustrated, but willing to go.
by WLJ
2009 October 16
A few weeks ago, Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar announced a new plan to deal with the glut of wild horses on public lands across the West and those that are sitting, unwanted, in both long- and short-term holding facilities across the country.
by WLJ
2009 October 16
If we dont dispose of our surplus wild horses, they eventually will destroy our open public rangelands by overgrazing, killing the grass, and then die of starvation. Horses have been a part of civilization since the beginning.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
The world needs to invest $83 billion a year in agriculture to feed the worlds expected population of 9.1 billion people by 2050. That was the news from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) last week. That massive investment will.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Because of the recent activity in your states regarding the TransCanada Keystone XL and other pipelines, I have been asked to prepare some information regarding the use of eminent domain by pipeline and other companies within your states.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Kenneth Phillip Ochs died Sept. 25 in Colorado Springs, CO. Ken was born in the family home on Feb. 6, 1930, the fourth child of David and Matilda Emma (Strecker) Ochs, at Russell, KS. Ken grew up in Russell, raised by his father until his fathers death, after which his sister, Ruth, and her husband, Don Wolfe, assumed his fathers role.
2009 September 29
The big summer video sales are just about over and the yearling cattle fared pretty well up until the last few weeks. There were some good calf sales, but for most cow/calf operators, it was disappointing in relation to last year's prices. Now we're.
2009 September 25
At one time, a tag and scale were all the tools needed to start a beef cattle production record system. The tag was placed at birth and the mother and birth date were recorded in the free notebook from the local livestock business.
by WLJ
2009 September 25
It is my belief after having traversed the entire range of the Pryor Mountain herd and having looked at the amount of grasses left, that if the numbers in this herd are not managed, and a hard winter sets in, whether its this winter or next winter, there is going to be a large die-off in this herd.
2009 September 18
The new chair of the Senate Ag Committee, Blanche Lincoln, D-AR, looks like she might be a pretty reasonable person for agriculture. It will be interesting to see if she follows along with the plans of the former Senate Ag chairman, Tom Harkin, D-IA, and his sometimes wild ag agenda.
by WLJ
2009 September 18
Consider these facts: Between 2000 and 2009, Western Watersheds Project (WWP) filed at least 91 lawsuits in the federal district courts and at least 31 appeals in the federal appellate courts; Between 2000 and 2009, Forest Guardians (now known as...
2009 September 11
I’m sure at some point in time you’ve said the phrase “there ought to be a law.” Could be about anything, but sometimes you get so angry with something that you just blurt it out. I’m sure that after TIME published their diatribe against agriculture a few weeks ago, many in agriculture thought there ought to be a law about disguising opinions or fiction as news
2009 September 11
We expect our perception of the world to follow us, so that becomes the heart of our current dilemma. Recent news articles have been very pointed at a food industry that has tried and continues to try to meet the demands of a mobile, demanding client..
by WLJ
2009 September 11
Several years ago, maybe 10, we were at Iowa State where they were showcasing irradiation and it looked like a slamdunk for food safety. May be you could have Steve address that issue..
2009 September 4
The first time I spoke with Wesley Batista at JBS headquarters in Greeley, CO, he told me that they were contrarians and opportunistic. When everyone wants out of a business, they want in. His family showed those cards again last week, making a bid to buy Pilgrim’s Pride poultry
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