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by WLJ
2010 May 28
Last week, in an effort to quell the growing dissent surrounding the restructuring plan at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the leadership of the group met with USDA officials and others from organizations which have vocally opposed the plan. The concerns surrounding the plan stem from
2010 May 28
No doubt about it, the grill is hot. From the smallest hibachi to the titanic gas rotisserie models, Americans love to fire them up. Summertime sizzles, of course, but some folks even cook steaks under the stars in December. Flashlight and coat are optional, but flavor is a must.
2010 May 28
If anthrax is diagnosed, the costs will increase. The expenses include proper disposal (preferably cremation) of those animals that die, isolation and antibiotic treatment for all animals displaying symptoms, subsequent vaccination of all the exposed animals and finally, herd quarantine.
2010 May 21
It’s good to see someone attempt to trim the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory wings regarding their haphazard determination that carbon dioxide (CO2) is an air pollutant. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, and Blanche Lincoln, D-AR, have proposed a Resolution of Disapproval
2010 May 21
The first step to reaching peak performance is tracking where youve been. If you dont have production numbers, its hard to make comparisons or data-driven decisions. You dont need to make a complicated recordkeeping system, just make sure it includes all the variables that make a difference.
2010 May 21
The Benjamin Franklin axiom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. Although many use the quote when referring to health, Franklin actually was addressing fire safety.
2010 May 15
Several sets of cows have gone to cool-season grass. In fact, almost all the cows that are keepers at the center are on grass. Latercalving cows will sell at a pair sale in mid-May. This leaves cows that can maintain an early calving date within the herds expected calving season, which means pounds and dollars.
2010 May 15
It was a couple of days before Jeff fully understood he had shattered everything between the knee and ankle in his left leg, broken his collar bone and two ribs. However, the news which bothered him most was when the doctors didnt know how long hed be off his feeta tough situation on a mom n pop ranch.
2010 May 7
When you breed or turn out bulls with heifers or cows, you have certain expectations. Ideally, you want each of them to become pregnant, deliver an unassisted, healthy calf, and raise it to half its mommas weight six months later.
2010 May 7
Cattle feeders have been selling fed cattle between $98 and $102 for nearly four weeks in a row and the cash market is still leading the way. If you look at the deferred futures and consider current fed and non-fed cattle supplies, this market appears to have some sustainability. This may be a different
2010 May 7
Source and age verification has a bite to it. As producers, many of the management discussions are relatively painless. The discussion is free, and opinions often are welcomed. Sometimes a particular view of a subject can change when other opinions are brought to the table.
2010 April 30
“Tough news if you’re a meat lover,” said the headline on my Internet news page last Monday. Oh no, I thought, not another negative story about how eating meat is bad for you and the planet. Turns out I was wrong, but the reasons for the headline are what’s got everyone in the industry buzzing right now.
2010 April 30
Futures markets have been kind to the beef business over the past few months. Sometimes I don’t think we would have had this kind of price discovery without the futures markets, but then again, cash did lead the futures market around for a few weeks. Feeder cattle markets were also pushed into very high
2010 April 23
Retail meat markets are starting to respond with higher prices at the meat case. The recent rally in the cattle markets looks like it will stick around for awhile. The boxed beef cutout appears to have found its comfort level in the mid- to upper-$160 range for the Choice product last week and has been trading steady there.
2010 April 23
Marianna Raftopoulos, a former Moffat County commissioner and state wildlife commissioner, has died after a long battle with lymphoid leukemia. She was 55. Family members say she died in her home in northwest Colorado after leaving a Salt Lake City hospital the day before.
2010 April 23
Two groups representing farmers, ranchers and consumers have urged USDA to redo its study on the deregulation of Monsantos genetically modified (GM) alfalfa.
2010 April 23
While memories of the calving season are still fresh in your mind (and your calving book is your reference book of choice), now is the time to review this years calving distribution. Evaluate how your management is working.
2010 April 16
I hate to say it, but what goes up usually comes down. The stock market has been on a roll in recent weeks and the Dow has passed that magical 11,000 mark, hopefully providing fuel for improved consumer attitudes and increased discretionary spending. On the other hand
2010 April 16
These ideas are pretty much universal, but lets consider your cowherd. Across the country, cattle are getting better based on trends in daily gain, efficiency and quality grades. For decades, the improvements were uneven, giving up beef quality for better performance on the ranch or feedlot.


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