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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
2009 September 4
A land mapping of ecosites in pastures is helping producers determine stocking rates. This mapping process identifies potential forage production for all the individual ecosites to determine the number of acres needed to provide the nutritional requirement for a cow for a month.
2009 September 4
Wander, wander: The Positermilogicalextitudinarian is gone. Dean H. Parker passed away recently and his passing brought back a flood of memories for me. Dean was one of the all-time great horse auctioneers. Early in my career, Dean took a liking to me and hauled me to many of the top horse sales in the country.
by WLJ
2009 August 28
The beef industry is very important to not only the Colorados economy; but throughout the nation. Beef producers across the state are continually faced with increased operating costs and the threat of losing tax exemptions. When the costs of operation goes up, ranchers need to sell their beef at higher prices in order to at least break even.
2009 August 28
The magazines cover had a package of ground beef on it with a warning label about conventionally-raised meat being hazardous to your health.
by WLJ
2009 August 28
Auctioneer, rancher, horse breeder, pilot, Dean Parker passed away peacefully at home August 20, 2009, due to heart failure at the age of 78. Mr. Parker served the Pacific Quarter Horse Association (PCQHA) for many years as a member of the board and as auctioneer for all the PCQHA auction sales for many years.
2009 August 21
The market for yearling feeder cattle has stayed quite strong this summer and has appeared to trade without much of a freight basis. For example, 850-pound steers in Nevada are trading at or near the same price as they are in eastern Wyoming.
2009 August 21
Most of tax law is in grey areas. For instance, reasonable people, including those within the IRS bureaucracy, will disagree on what constitutes an ordinary and necessary business expensea big area of tax deductions. Another area concerns whether litigation proceeds to compensate for damages to farm or ranch property constitute taxable income.
2009 August 21
In food production, things are never the same because many variables come into play on a daily basis. The other day I noticed the raspberry bushes were full of raspberries. Most would say that they are supposed to be. However, the real answer is that the raspberries are not supposed to be there because the birds always eat them.
2009 August 14
The Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is all of a sudden getting reacquainted with the cattle industry and has been very aggressive checking up on auction markets and cattle dealers. For many years, you could go on their Web.
2009 August 14
If you make a living on a ranch, thats a success. Just living on a ranch is a success. Heck, just taking one more breath can be a victory. Everybody is a winner, at least in some small way.
2009 August 14
Four things beef producers might want to think about are food safety, seamless regionalized calf-tofeedlot health connectivity, implementation of improved RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, and value capture for the producer. Realized or not, these four points have a significant impact on the beef industry.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
It seems there is little on peoples minds these days that doesnt somehow relate to the issues being debated in Congress. There are so many plates on the table, its hard to know where to begin, and unfortunately, not much of it looks good. Its kind of difficult to swallow.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Food safety has been getting a lot of attention lately. In response to the peanut butter, pistachio, and toll house cookie recalls, the House Energy and Safety Committee has approved the Food Safety Enforcement Act of 2009 to strengthen and expand the U.
2009 August 7
The new scores for beef cattle performance have just arrived. The scores are the annual North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) benchmark values gathered from producers utilizing the CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System) program.
2009 July 31
JBS has been on a tear, growing their global red meat operation. Five years ago, this global powerhouse didnt exist; JBS was just another beef processor in Brazil. In three short years, they have invested over $3 billion in just the U.S. beef industry alone, purchasing Swift, Smithfield Beef and Five Rivers Cattle Feeding.


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