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2010 August 6
The beef checkoff is possibly the most contentious issue ever involving the cattle business. This self-help program has created more heartache among folks trying to do something positive for the industry than I have ever seen. It appears that everyone wants to love the checkoff to death
2010 August 6
In hobby loss audits, the IRS sometimes views various types of ranching activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profitoriented venture. That was the issue in the Tax Court case, Ralph Wesinger, Jr., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
2010 August 6
The cattle business is very dynamic, so it is very easy to get lost in the shuffle. The current news or the latest color print catches our eyes and we start talking. Our conversations tend to be filled with lots of thoughts sprinkled with a few facts.
by WLJ
2010 July 30
Has the beef checkoff been effective? That should be the question being asked by the Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and all other groups that have a stake in the program. The beef checkoff is
2010 July 23
1. he U.S. livestock industry has been a bit uneasy over the proposed competition rules that USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proposed several weeks ago. Many livestock groups have had their attorneys pouring over the proposals to figure
2010 July 16
It was a good week for feeder cattle markets. The big videos produced large volumes of yearlings, heavy yearlings that sold between $102 and $110. Calves for fall delivery were also strong and steady. The six-weight cattle were trading in the $115 range while the five weights were in the
2010 July 9
On that early afternoon, a neighbor was checking his fields. He spotted a column of smoke on our side of the canyon. A juniper tree had taken a hit in the previous nights storm and was smoldering in the freshening breeze. Nothing serious, no homes were nearby.
2010 July 9
Realizing that the bulls did not read the planning manual is a typical and not that uncommon situation after all the long-term efforts are put in place. The bottom line is that the bull wont stay in the pasture. If there isnt a bull, there will not be calves.
2010 July 9
JBS packing announced last week that they intend on buying the largest cattle feeding company in the Southwest, McElhaney Cattle Company in Welton, AZ. This acquisition would add 130,000 head to JBS’ feeding capacity for a total of 968,000-head one-time
2010 July 9
On that early afternoon, a neighbor was checking his fields. He spotted a column of smoke on our side of the canyon. A juniper tree had taken a hit in the previous nights storm and was smoldering in the freshening breeze. Nothing serious, no homes were nearby.
2010 July 2
The successful, but divisive, beef checkoff must live through another tormenting period of time. The program, structure and how it operates are again being challenged by several ag groups. The recent challenge is a product of the governance changes that NCBA had proposed, changes intended to
2010 July 2
As producers, you know how good beef is for you. But you still like to hear people say good things about it, from the aroma to the taste, nutrition and satisfaction. Maybe youre an expert in preparing home-grown cuts for guests, but the people who increased their demand for beef over the last several years probably have less skill.
2010 July 2
How unfortunate that two issues have again divided the beef industry just when it needs all its focus on improving demand and making beef affordable to Americans.
2010 June 25
USDA released new amendments to the 1921 Packers and Stockyards Act. Those new rules were mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill. Congress’ wish was to provide basic protections for livestock and poultry producers. However, USDA may have overinterpreted Congress’ intent on this one.
2010 June 25
Agriculture is a fast-moving, high-technology business. The production and processing of agricultural products for our consumption is demanding. These demands are not getting easier as consumers increasingly become distant from production.
2010 June 18
New research from Stanford University suggests that production agriculture has slowed down the pace of global warming. This bit of news should have the grow-local and organic-food wonks and the environmental global warming, anti-agriculture crowd wondering what just happened.
2010 June 18
So our logic filter for criticism is a focal point. Does it let through the social and fad-oriented opinions not backed by science? Does it allow consideration of survey data, still not consistent with science but representing a valid snapshot of what people think?.
2010 June 18
Weaning weight has moved up and down through the years, which is more than likely due to environmental factors. However, the most recent data gathered by the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Associations Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System (CHAPS) program indicates a trend of increased 205-day calf weaning weight.
2010 June 11
Ethanol mandates have been a contentious issue over the past few years the and the run up in corn values in 2008 was very destructive to animal agriculture. It’s never been a secret that the majority of U.S. corn production has been sold as livestock feed, and when the federal


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