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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.
2009 July 31
Memo to federal food safety officials: Want to protect consumers by eliminating E.coli O157:H7 from the food supply? Then invest in the commercial use of a vaccine for cattle. Then make its use mandatory, but pay most of the vaccines cost to cattle producers for the first few years.
2009 July 31
Management generally implies input followed by discussion, decision and implementation. The amount of input generally reflects the seriousness of the topic. Recently, the Dickinson Research Extension Center discussed the allocation of cattle resources. Believe me, everyone sat up at the table.
2009 July 24
If you listen to USDA rant about cap and trade, you would think the program will be a big cash machine for agriculture. Last Wednesday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boss Lisa Jackson, testified in a Senate Ag Committee hearing that cap and trade will be good for farmers in the near term and in the long term.
2009 July 24
How does one capture value? That is not an easy question to answer. As a boy, I remember visits to the farm by some big city cousins who did not have the advantage of growing up on the farm. They wanted to help, and one particular point that stands out was the feeding exercise.
by WLJ
2009 July 24
Pete, I greatly appreciate and agree with your comments on the pending legislation that is currently in D.C. Please continue to cover this regularly, as there are a lot of smoke and mirrors coming from the proponents of the legislation that have most folks too confused to decide whether these new regulation and programs are good or bad for the country.
by WLJ
2009 July 24
Rollie Barnard, retired financier and former mayor of Greenwood Village, CO, named Citizen of the West in 1994, died of cancer on July 2. He was 87. A celebration of his life is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m., July 29, at the Denver Zoo.
2009 July 17
Just think about it, our new, very young presidential administration, with the aid of a House of Representatives that has burned out nearly all their brain cells and a Senate that can do pretty much whatever the leadership wants, is wreaking havoc on the American economy.
2009 July 17
A tax case, Mullins v. U n i t e d States, decided in the U.S. District Court in Knoxville, TN, considered an individual who owned and operated a cattle-raising operation who claimed he was entitled to deduct losses over a period of years.
by WLJ
2009 July 10
There are an awful lot of holes in government schemes these days. One of the biggest seems to be their knack for rolling out plans before theyve properly considered the various aspects and impacts of those plans. Once Congress gets done ramming these plans through, people sit up, take notice, and begin poking holes in the new laws.
2009 July 10
I have been a little tardy in writing this column. You may have heard that when you are busy, thats when you get the most done. Well, summer is not very busy, so I guess thats my excuse. There are some events that happen and are covered by the press and yet those stories dont always tell the whole story.
2009 July 10
Usually, when businesses buy and sell inventory, one of three things happens. Under option one, the item sells for more than it was purchased for and one has the opportunity to make money. The second is the break-even option. This is when an item sells for the same as the purchase price.
2009 July 7
Boy, talk about market volatility. The corn acreage report came out last Tuesday. USDA said there were 2 million more acres planted than they originally thought and bam, July corn dropped 30 cents to $3.47. The same day, live cattle dropped $2.10. But the good news, for many of our readers,
2009 July 7
The first set of cows averaged just more than 1,400 pounds at spring turnout on crested wheatgrass. They are part of a study involving cropping rotations and range systems harvested by grazing cow/calf pairs and early weaned calves. The second set of cows averaged 1,060 pounds when turned on crested wheatgrass this spring.
2009 June 29
As far as I can tell the debate over global warming was never finished. There still seems to be disagreement over whether or not its even a problem, but Congress is working on major legislation hoping to do something about it. For every scientist that endorses the concept of climate change there is one that disputes it.
2009 June 29
The cattle business is a profession that requires considerable education and experience. In other words, the managerial inputs need to be well thought out so that the ramifications or consequence of doing or not doing something has the desired outcome.
2009 June 26
As far as I can tell the debate over global warming was never finished. There still seems to be disagreement over whether or not it’s even a problem. But, Congress is working on major legislation hoping to do something about it. For every scientist that endorses the concept of climate change there is one that disputes it. The evidence used to justify climate change is equal to a nanosecond of geologic time.
2009 June 19
There is a lot of legislation concerning agriculture circulating in Washington, D.C. I dont think I have ever seen so many issues that would have a direct effect on agriculture being worked on at one time: The Clean Water Restoration Act, which just passed out of the Senate committe on


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