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2010 December 31
Most market analysts are expecting 2011 to be a good year for the cattle industry. The USDA forecast is calling for a 2 percent reduction in beef output next year which should shore up the supply side of the market. The supply side of live cattle markets is in a positive situation for the year ahead and for
by WLJ
2010 December 23
It was the afternoon of Dec. 23, 2003, when the call came in from USDA. Beef industry leadership at the national and state levels had practiced for this moment, but it was still a shock to learn that a cow of Canadian origin in Washington state had tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
2010 December 23
The article titled Economics of Animal Agriculture Production, Processing and Marketing (Volume 21, No. 3, 2006), authored by Michael Boehlje, focused on issues we in the beef industry need to understand. Perhaps that understanding is the source of the continued discussion.
2010 December 23
Cattle markets have gone wild over the past couple weeks, with nice advances in last week’s markets for all classes of cattle. It appears that the managed money funds are back in the game and pushing both fed and feeder cattle contracts to new highs. Even though the cattle are the highest they have ever
2010 December 17
If the future of beef is a concern, and it certainly seems to be based on the numerous reports on the decreasing cow herd, then who really is concerned? Having been to many meetings and then repeats of these meetings and actually repeats of the...
2010 December 17
The USDA Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration’s congressional mandate to make changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act appeared to hit a big stalling point last week. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced last week that the agency will perform
2010 December 10
Cattle markets have been a nice surprise the past few weeks. Market advances have exceeded what most analysts were expecting. Maintaining fed prices in the $1 per pound area for an extended period of time is remarkable. Cattle supplies remain low in North America and you have to wonder if we’ll see
2010 December 3
What do cell phone promotions, credit card solicitations, and the administration’s sales patter about its "new approach" to public lands management all have in common? Each one of them is tricked out with feel-good language to conceal the facts buried in that fine print they’d rather you didn’t read.
2010 December 3
The continued strength of the feeder and fed cattle markets makes a mockery of claims that the market is broken. Just a month or so ago, some analysts were forecasting that fed cattle prices would fall to $90 per cwt. or go even lower. Yet cash prices topped $100 again the week before last and went even higher last week.
2010 December 3
The Dickinson Research Extension Center utilizes many bulls and always evaluates bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout their life span. Perhaps the most challenging evaluation is to ask if the bulls meet the current objectives of the breeding program or expected market for the calves.
by WLJ
2010 November 24
A recent survey showed the Humane Society of the United States is now the go-to source of information for consumers looking into the humane treatment of food animals and industry production practices. That study, conducted by the Center for Food Integrity and released last month, ought to be giving the industry a little heartburn.
2010 November 19
I’m constantly amazed at how we do business in the livestock industry. Millions of dollars trade hands in the country on a word and a hand-shake. There has seldom been a problem and, if there was, it was dealt with and we moved on. There’s been a lot of talk about Eastern Livestock Company’s recent
2010 November 12
Somewhere along the trail, this situation with Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act went from an economic issue to a social issue. One thing for certain is you can’t have a good social policy in this country without a
2010 November 12
Ben and April Nichols were cleaning up the Buzzard Allotmentwith around a hundred bullson the Grand Mesa National Forest just before hunting season. The highways were full of hunters headed to the hills, eager to point a rifle at something with hair.
2010 November 12
The call came late in the day after most people had left the office. Do you know who the calf carrying the electronic identification number 123123- 123123123 is? Would you have the calf in your database? These questions are asked often and involve the process of verifying a calf and crosschecking the database.
by WLJ
2010 November 12
Cattle industry leader Richard Mc- Donald, 66, of Amarillo, TX, died Fri- day, Oct. 29, 2010, in Amarillo. McDonald, retired president and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Asso ciation (TCFA), died following an in- spiring year-long battle with cancer. Richard Peterson McDonalds life of service to agriculture began with his birth on Feb.
2010 November 5
It was a good week in some parts of the country after Tuesdays events. On Wednesday morning, after the tally was made, it appeared that hope and change took on a whole new meaning. This was the largest voter turnout for any midterm election in history, which shows us just how disappointed the country is about the current state of our government.
2010 November 5
After about 30 years handling tax audits, appeals and U.S. Tax Court cases, it seems to me that the IRS is taking a more aggressive approach against people in various industriesincluding livestock and horse activities. If you are audited by the IRS and you have a history of losses with little or no profits, the following advice pertains to you.
2010 November 5
A common marketing claim is the source and age verification of calves. As producers gather cattle to go to market, they have the option to provide documentation to a third-party verifier that their calves are eligible to be source and age verified. Seems simple, and many producers are offering their calves as sourced and aged.


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