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2009 February 6
CBB assigned a subcommittee the responsibility of coming up with a plan to streamline the organization and come up with a strategy for passing a new referendum which would increase the assessment to $2 and allow it to be increased later to $3. The task force asked nearly all producer groups to make comment on better ways for CBB to function.
by WLJ
2009 February 6
Participating in the uppertieredmarkets requires information-driven decisions. When considering different strategies in todays rapidly changing industry, it is important to look at economic indicators of other sectors of the beef industry.
2009 January 30
Perhaps I spoke too soon regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). The Obama administration decided to suspend any final rulemaking decisions and implementation of rules that have not been implemented.
2009 January 23
Cattle processing has been a bit short of expectations so far this year. Two weeks ago, packers processed only 608,000 head and last week, it looked like it would be somewhere around 620,000 head. The reduced production is almost always an effort to raise boxed beef values and improve margins and it generally works.
2009 January 23
These are penny-pinching times. Thermostats and consumer spending are down. People are traveling less and doing without frills. Cattlemen often embrace this conservative spirit, even in the good years. We know that the cattle cycle turns, and favorable prices can only last so long.
2009 January 23
Last week, the report card on bull S48 was to keep him for the 2009 breeding season. This periodic review is used on all bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout a bulls life. The first evaluation of older bulls is for soundness, because putting resources into a bull that has limited breeding capacity is impractical.
2009 January 16
Last week, the final rule was published for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); the deed is done and packers are required to label product. Proponents of COOL won the war. Price differentials have been discovered with Canadian and Mexican cattle.
by WLJ
2009 January 9
The holidays are over and 2009 lies ahead. Everywhere you look, prognosticators are predicting what the new year will hold for the world. The two predictions I can make for this year are that no prediction will be completely correct, and that the road ahead is likely to be volatile and unpredictable for the agriculture industry.
2009 January 9
Farmers, ran ch ers and horse owners can get significant tax deductions by making noncash charitable contributions of farm property to qualified doneessuch as agricultural schools or government programs.
2009 January 9
The commonsense process of buying bulls has not changed much. The requirements are simple. The bull needs four decent legs, a bit of appropriate muscle indicative of the product, and a functioning reproductive system. Cost usually determines which bull one brings home.
2009 January 2
This is generally when we do the top 10 stories of the past year. I thought we might try and change that and look at what could be the top issues for the next year. Its clear that change is in the wind and I would expect the wind to start blowing Jan. 20 when President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in.
2009 January 2
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) raised a record of $48.7 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2006revenue generated from audits of individuals, small businesses and corporations. There are about 115,000 IRS employees. This translates into a significant net profit to the government.
by WLJ
2009 January 2
Mr. Crow, While I am not totally certain of the readership base of this publication, I fully realize that my message needs to be directed to the members of Congress, specifically starting with those from the western United States. The issue of the health and welfare of our aging, ever-increasing horse population is most concerning.
2008 December 31
For purebred breeders and commercial cattlemen who sold calves early, it has been a pretty good year. Looking ahead is filled with a lot of uncertainty, but one thing about the food business is that there is always a market. I dont know how many purebred breeders have asked me its been a lothow I thought the bull market was going to be this next year.
2008 December 30
The report from the human side of the chute was not very good. We had 32 open heifers that were pastured together and exposed to one bull. The bull had passed the breeding soundness exam. He was at least interested in the heifers at the time of turnout. Once we had the news, the bull was brought in for a recheck.
by WLJ
2008 December 30
Hello, I want to notify you that cattle grazing on public land is in jeopardy like never before. In Oregon, the BLM is conducting a public comment period on the John Day Basin Resource Management Plan. Comments are due by Jan. 29, 2009. One of the main issues is that the BLM wants to close public land to OHVs and ATVs.
2008 December 19
It was announced last week that the new secretary of Interior will be Sen. Ken Salazar, D-CO. Prior to the announcement, it seemed that he wasnt even a candidate. On the surface, he seems okay for the cattle business, given his background. Salazar, former Colorado attorney general, grew up in the cattle and farming business.
by WLJ
2008 December 19
A pen is a terrible thing to lose. Or so it seems for guys who are particular about their writing instruments. Most women I know including me, either have a handful of miscellaneous pens in their purse or none at all. Since I usually carry hoards of pens around, I normally dont notice if ones missing, and loaning one out isnt a big deal.


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