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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.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
The United States has an incredibly prosperous agricultural industry. Our livestock and poultry are among the healthiest in the world. However, even with all the preventative measures USDA already has in place, animal disease can still strike. A disease event can have far-reaching consequences, impacting more than just farmers with sick animals.
by WLJ
2009 May 8
R-CALF USA understands that Pete Crow is critical of R-CALF USAs seemingly unconventional strategy for achieving the organizational policies established by its thousands of cattle-producing members. Mr. Crows April 27 comments suggest that R-CALF USA is perhaps entering dangerous territory by taking its message directly to consumers.
2009 May 1
The report was produced by the ususal universities with a cast that most everyone in the cattle and beef industry is familiar with. The report was funded by USDA. The report suggests that if beef producers do not adopt a full traceability system with at least a 90 percent compliance rate, we could lose $13.
2009 May 1
The beef industry is struggling with data and data tracking. This statement, while met with a wide range of pro and con reaction, does point to the fact that there is slippage occurring. There is a lot of very good data collected, processed and utilized within the beef industry.
2009 April 24
The U.S. has become a debtor nation. Our federal government now owes more than $10 trillion in national debt, or about $35,000 for every man woman and child now living in this country. That money has been borrowed from other nations and from huge private banking consortiums.
2009 April 24
The end justifies the means must be the mantra in R-CALF United Stock Growers of Americas board meetings these days. Last week, we caught wind of a new marketing program R-CALF is pursuing.
2009 April 17
Last week, the boxed beef cutout rallied around $10 from the previous week based on lower processing numbers. Cattle sold at $86 two weeks ago and moved up to $89- 90 on the cash market last week, which should put some profit back in the picture for both cattle feeders and packers.
2009 April 17
The other day was difficult. The discussion centered on the horse industry as the Dickinson Research Extension Center was reviewing program costs. As the horse program was discussed, the updated costs were noted. Based on a five-year average, the annual cost (direct and overhead expenses) for maintaining a producing mare and nursing foal was $764.
2009 April 17
Cows cant do math, but their owners should at least do some counting. From financial balance sheets to stocking rates, a precise inventory is a must. Beyond that, you need cows that are worth owning. Cows that matter, that count because of what they can profitably produce.


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