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by WLJ
2010 April 16
Ladies and gentlemen, if you cant avoid going through a cow manure carwash, please keep your mouth closed. Most likely, you already knew that.
2010 April 9
The cash fed cattle market advanced to over $1 this last week, and the futures went up to $99.45. This positive basis should keep cattle moving. This is about as good as it gets. Reports are that feeders are clearing $150-$200 a head on current cattle. While the recent market
2010 April 2
The cattle markets had a nice rally last week after throwing a head fake the prior week. August feeders ran up to $114.07 and cash sales from Superior's last video sale are supporting these futures markets to some degree; the feeder cattle index is still about $108.
2010 April 2
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Is in Japan this week to promote U.S. farm exports to that country. Beef is to be featured prominently, both in the promotions and in private discussions with Japanese government officials. Both countries realize that Japans age limit on U.
2010 March 26
The accuracy and businesslike nature of records is something that the IRS has been scrutinizing more and more in recent years. The IRS expects all taxpayers to maintain canceled checks, invoices, credit card statements and similar items needed to substantiate amounts claimed as business deductions and to help prepare ones tax returns.
by WLJ
2010 March 26
The proposed changes to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) governance structure passed through the membership meeting in late January with seemingly little dissent. That was a little bit of a surprise to many on the outside, given the groundswell of grumbling from
by WLJ
2010 March 26
Since the Conatser ruling in 2008, the Utah Legislature has struggled with balancing private property rights and recreation rights. The Conatser ruling came as a shock to property owners whose lands had been protected for more than 100 years.
by WLJ
2010 March 26
Maynard Lee Potter, 70, of Emmett, ID, passed away on March 19, 2010. He was born in Watsonville, CA, on May 3, 1939, to Ralph and Margaret Potter. Potter grew up in Watsonville on his parents ranch in Larkin Valley raising tomatoes, hay and sheep. His experiences in the Future Farmers of America influenced much of his life.
2010 March 19
Two years ago, futures markets started to take off about this time of year. Grain, cattle and hog contracts took off like a rocket. Thoughts were that fed cattle would be in short supply and demand was pretty good. But, it just didn’t seem to make sense; the fundamentals
2010 March 12
The past few weeks, there has been encouraging news about the assault on animal agriculture. The operators of Barnum and Baily Circus filed a racketeering suit claiming the Humane Society of the United States paid $190,000 to a witness to embellish his testimony
2010 March 12
Too much qualitywhats that mean? Its like too much money; theres no such thing. Its like a bull too good, or too much hay; Neighbors too friendly, calves bringing too much pay. No matter what the other cattle made, well I aint never seen too much grade.
2010 March 5
Time does not allow us to absorb everything in one setting. For example, it often is best to read one chapter at a time in a book so one can absorb as much as possible. Bull buying is like reading a good book. It is best to do it one chapter at a time..
2010 March 5
Lead, follow, or get out of the way is apparently how the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) feels about climate change. Several months ago, EPA announced that carbon dioxide was a public endangerment and, as a result, the agency was required to manage the issue
by WLJ
2010 March 5
[Editors note: Mr. Connors is correct. The story incorrectly stated that Rep. Costa is a Republican when, in fact, he is a Democrat who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2004.].
by WLJ
2010 February 26
The livestock industry got a big shot in the arm last week in the fight against attacks by Humane Society of the United States. The Center for Consumer Freedom launched an online counter-offensive,
2010 February 19
Cattle markets have been robust over the past few weeks; fed cattle should get close to $89-90 this week which is good news for many cattle feeders. However, I am sure they don’t like paying over $1 for feeder cattle again. Some of the cattle they placed from October through December should be making
2010 February 19
Producers simply do not round up rogue cows and calves, select a calf for harvest, and then invite the neighbors over for supper. Selection processes allow producers to get a feel for the genes a bull carries without having to gamble on the bulls outward appearance.


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