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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.
2009 April 10
Cattle markets are moving a little better; fed cattle trade was up to $85 last week and feeder cattle are a bit stronger. Grass fever should be adding a few bucks to the calf market soon, if it isnt already in some areas. With the summer high-demand grilling season around the corner, it will be interesting how consumers respond to beef prices.
by WLJ
2009 April 10
For the sixth consecutive year, Oregons farmers and ranchers have experienced positive sales growth, grossing an estimated $4.9 billion in 2008the largest total in the states history, according to a new report just released by Oregon State University.
2009 April 10
The pass is open is an expression that is used by residents and travelers in mountainous areas. This year, the saying, the interstate is open would ring a bell, especially given all the changes in travel agendas in the past three to four months.
2009 April 3
What has the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) done for you lately? As much as they possibly can, would be the answer. With cattle prices trading on the low end of the modern trading spectrum, it's assuring to know that CBB is still keeping beef in front of consumers.
2009 April 3
It's always nice to honor people in our industry who have achieved above the ordinary and that have made a difference in the industry. And it's even better when these honors come along and you know the recipients. Such is the case as I write this column.
2009 March 27
There is only one way to phrase the nature of the congressional aggression over the AIG bonus situation last week: ?out of control.? The House of Representatives voted to pass a targeted tax on AIG employees who received bonuses. But it didn?t appear that the Senate wanted anything to do with the issue.
2009 March 20
I have been traveling to bull sales the past few weeks and it is stunning how well the breeding bull market is going. Most operators are selling a lot of volume at good prices. I think having a $75-80 slaughter bull market last summer helped these bull sales in a big way.


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