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2010 October 8
The proposed rule changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act have sure gained a lot of attention from members of the House and Senate. Last week, several lawmakers wrote USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to conduct a thorough economic analysis of the proposed rule changes, which seems like a reasonable request.
2010 October 8
Fall is, depending on where one lives, the time to process calves. As producers, fall also is the last time we physically have the calf in our possession. We need to take the time to note or record the information we would like to have for each calf..
by WLJ
2010 October 8
The second oldest sport in the history of the cattle business is beating up on the packer. Im guessing the oldest involved a cowboy on a horse trying to rope a steer.
2010 October 1
China pointed out to the WTO panel that their cooked poultry has met international health standards and they have been shipping product to Japan and Europe. Those two markets are perhaps the two most critical, health-conscious markets in the world, and the U.
2010 October 1
The Great Recession might be over, but that's little comfort for the millions of Americans still out of work or working reduced hours. In fact, our nation of conspicuous spenders has become one of extremely cautious spenders, and this new attitude continues to show up in food spending.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
As a local wine grape grower and businessman, I have first-hand experience with how AB 32 is adversely impacting agriculture in the Central Valley. Just yesterday, I had a meeting with local San Joaquin winemakers who have been devastated by over-reaching air regulations that have imposed exorbitant fees and fines, costing them millions.
2010 September 24
The Cattle on Feed report showed that cattle feeders were fairly aggressive on their purchases for August, with placements up 7.4 percent over last year.
2010 September 24
You may wonder what genetics has to do with herd health. Sure, the neighbor swears that cattle from this breed or that will die as soon as they get off the truck, but thats just an old wives tale, right? Maybe not. Although selection for health still might be only on the horizon, a growing base of research shows they are tied together.
2010 September 24
Producers utilizing the CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System) record-keeping program through the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) have a cow pregnancy rate of 93.5 percent and will follow through in the spring by calving out 92.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
When U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled in favor of two eco-extremist groups attempts to gain private information regarding federal grazing permits, she put at great risk the rural backbone of the West and the families that hold it together. On Sept.
2010 September 17
Cattle markets remain good after Labor Day, but last week, things became a bit unsettled after a good rally in the corn market. Feeder cattle have lost a few dollars, but yearling trade at $110 with $5 corn isn’t all that bad. But it makes you think a little harder about the direction of the markets
2010 September 17
Recently, we had a range fire kick up about 25 miles from our place. It was far enough from our ranch not to be of immediate concern, but close enough that we wanted to pay attention. I headed out looking for information and ready to give assistance..
2010 September 17
Each year, the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) summarizes the average performance of beef cattle herds that are utilizing the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) programs.
2010 September 10
It seems like it's time to become a political activist. There are a bunch of issues that Congress and the Obama administration need to take seriously this year before real damage is done. The first issue that comes to mind is the death tax. In just four short months, the tax code reverts back to the old one where tax rates increase to 55 percent for estates valued in excess of $1 million. As many of you know, this tax plan can blow up the family farm or ranch. As a matter of fact, any business that is long on
2010 September 10
Most of the problems with hobby loss audits involve people who have a history of losses with their ranch, farm or horse venture. The IRS tends to say that the activity is not conducted as a business, so that the tax losses are disallowed. This can be a substantial tax payment for quite a few taxpayers.
2010 September 10
As those who are involved in the process of selling beef know, once a commitment is made, that commitment needs to be honored. With the tight supplies of beef and the need to plan long term, kinks in the supply chain can make for some very long days..
by WLJ
2010 September 3
The USDA/Department of Justice workshop on competition in agricultural markets drew a big crowd to Fort Collins, CO, Aug. 27. The audience, reported at 1,300 individuals, represented the entire spectrum of the industry, but it was clear that the populist producer groups managed to pack the seats
2010 September 3
Livestock producers have long had an ambivalent attitude about meat packers. They complain that packers make profits at their expense. Yet when producers own meat companies, the results have often been disastrous. Producers have discovered that operating a successful meat plant or company has unique challenges not understood by outsiders.
2010 September 3
If one stands by the fence and discusses calving, most producers are sympathetic to the late- calving cow. At least she has a live calf, is the general response. That is true, but the challenge is to move beyond acceptance and perhaps refocus and rethink this subtle, but real acceptance of late-calving cows.
by WLJ
2010 September 3
better place. He served as president of the Nevada Farm Bureau for After a life of service to country, many years and always took an in- community and family, Robert Floyd terest in local and global agricultural Thomas died Aug. 4, peacefully, after a long illness in Paradise Valley.