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2009 November 6
Fed cattle processors enjoyed their best August operating margins since 2003. The real story, though, is that they achieved this not at the expense of cattle feeders. In fact, the opposite occurred. Cattle feeders enjoyed a strong and much-needed rally in prices.
2009 November 6
Go into any supermarket and youll find that most poultry items are branded with a company name. These include Tyson, Perdue and Pilgrims, which is soon to be majority-owned by JBS. Branded beef is much harder to find. There are niche brands such as Harris, Maverick, Lauras Lean and Coleman.
2009 November 6
The fall of the year is the time to make herd evaluations and managerial and nutritional improvements without fighting the weather. The key to understanding the overall performance of a herd is
by WLJ
2009 November 6
Dear Pete, That was a great article you wrote in the (Western Livestock) Journal on Oct. 5, 2009. Pollan certainly does not know hardly anything about the cattle business and the food everybody eats.
2009 November 2
Have you been thinking about all the proposed legislation pending in Washington? You've got healthcare reform, climate change legislation and clean water legislation that will give the federal government authority over all water.
2009 October 30
If one has ever dismantled an old home, lifting the floorboards can be quite interesting. Perhaps it is as simple as an old coin that rolled between the boards or a long-held stash of papers put there as a place to reside and eventually were boarded over.
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.


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