Home / All News / Opinion
Search: in Authors List
 

Opinion

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
2009 June 19
Demand for beef is down. Can you blame the recession? Not entirely, but its a darned inconvenient coincidence. Its hard to argue that beef quality was too low, because production of every class of premium beef has been trending up for some time.
2009 June 19
The beef business never has been short on opinions. Good opinions and the willingness to share those opinions are the core to any dynamic, independent business. For beef producers, independence is manifested in the concept, I need to get the work done.
2009 June 12
Last week, the USDA supply demand report for grains suggested that the ethanol industry is estimated to consume another billion bushels, creating more pressure on the market and creating more pressure for cattle prices as well. In a report released last week by the Food Manufacturer Association and the National Turkey Federation, Implications for U.
by WLJ
2009 June 12
For the second time in just over a year, the Western Watersheds Project (WWP) has filed a lawsuit against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to try and stop pilot grazing programs on WDFW land.
2009 June 12
In a lengthy decision, the Tax Court recently underscored the difficulties taxpayers have in convincing the IRS that family-run farms are engaged in for profit. The case, Smith v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2007-368, ruled on two families limited partnerships, involving a cow and dairy farm, a cutting horse operation, and dog breeding.
2009 June 5
This past week was a real lesson in the volatility of our cattle markets. Feeder cattle contracts took a beating, with the August contract taking nearly a $4 hit while chasing live cattle contracts down to new lows. I suppose there were some expectations that the mar.
2009 June 5
Enforcement action by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has actually increased in recent months in the farming, horse and livestock fields, partly due to the need for the government to raise revenue, and partly due to an increase in taxpayers failing to file tax returns or failure to pay taxes owed.
2009 May 29
Its time to start thinking about the summer cattle markets, or perhaps what to do this summer about the fall market, when most everyone delivers cattle. The big video sales are gearing up and well see what the first high-profile sale produces. These video sales seem to represent a peek into the fall calf and yearling markets.
2009 May 29
Paris is a long way culturally and geographically from Amarillo or Omaha. But a meeting in the French capital last week could have an important bearing on the profitability of the U.S. beef industry for the next year or so. Paris played host to the annual meeting of the World Organization for Animal Health (commonly known as OIE).
2009 May 22
Managerial changes require a review of both the positive and negative. Previous discussion on changing the calving date has resulted in two major points: reducing the cows winter feeding costs and lowering the death loss among newborn calves. Both significantly affect the bottom line.
2009 May 22
Stop trying to get maximum production. No more topping last years average daily gains. Enough with the peak efficiencies and quit angling for record marbling scores every time. Does that advice cause a pause? Reaching those goals takes years of focus, so it can be hard to let go, even if the long-term profitability of your farm or ranch depends on it.
2009 May 22
Washington, D.C., is a busy place and the volume of legislation going through there is overwhelming. Too much for my liking. The irony is that most of it is overwhelmingly stupid. It’s no secret that we live in a global economy; that’s just the way it is. Passing free trade agreements is
by WLJ
2009 May 15
It was recently announced that the U.S. Trade Representative has finally reached an agreement with his European Union (EU) counterpart to increase the volume of U.S. beef shipped to the 27 member nations. After threatening to shift retaliatory sanctions to products which U.
by WLJ
2009 May 15
Today (May 6), the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced that a provisional agreement had been reached to resolve the U.S. trade dispute with the European Union (EU) over hormone-treated beef. While this is not a definitive conclusion, it is certainly a much needed step forward.
2009 May 15
North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) members have recorded an average daily gain of 2.52 pounds for calves on summer pasture. This means the 70,000 calves measured through NDBCIAs Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) program cumulatively gain on a daily basis 176,400 pounds, 1,764 hundredweight, or roughly 88 tons.
2009 May 8
Twenty-five years ago when the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) only attracted about 60 folks, Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) were the hot topic of the time. Two weeks ago, BIF held their annual meeting and gathered more than 450 people. This time, the major topics of concern were DNA and genome mapping.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
Amen to your editorial in the WLJ, 4-27-09 on R- CALF activities! It is hard to understand why leaders of an organization purporting to represent cattle producers continually bash their own product, beef. Until quite recently, we frequently read quotes of some R-CALF leaders stating their members raise cattle, not beef.


Sales Calendar


Goto live view to see the calendar