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by WLJ
2016 February 22
Your consumers receive hundreds of messages daily through social media, the nightly news, and even your local newspaper. Headlines like, “Protein is making a comeback” or “Human nutrition benefits from beef,” are some of the positive messages you might have seen in the past few months.


by WLJ
2016 February 22
B ec o mi n g Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. The checkoff’s BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment.


2016 February 19
He did it again. President Barack Obama locked up another 1.8 million acres in Southern California under the Antiquities Act, and this president has given monument designations to a staggering 260 million acres of land and water— that’s 406,250 square miles.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
I have had the pleasure of seeing a lot of high quality bulls sell to great cattlemen throughout the United States.


2016 February 12
Two major improvements this year are ease of use and simplicity of use. Some repetition is involved, especially in going back to breeders one previously has purchased bulls from and the progeny performed up to expectation. The information available continues to gain depth and expands through the many breed databases.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Fire is an important process in the ecology of most native plant and animal communities, especially in uplands. Most plant and animal communities in the Great Plains and eastern forests evolved with fire.


2016 February 12
Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has long boasted that they have the most precise and reliable EPDs (expected progeny differences) in the industry for good reason. An EPD is a genetic prediction of a trait in the units of that trait—pounds, square inches, probability, etc.


2016 February 7
Heavy snows moved through cattle country and slowed trade and transportation to a crawl. Several packers closed plants or ran only one shift, which is more common that you think. But at press time it appeared that markets were going to move higher this week.


2016 January 29
We always knew that the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon was not going to end well; it hasn’t ended but should soon now that someone has been killed.
2016 January 22
For most people, their encounter with the IRS ends at the audit phase: Taxpayers will often agree to pay whatever the IRS says they owe. In situations where the auditor claims your ranch or farming activity is a hobby, not a business, this can have long-lasting and adverse consequences because deductions against outside income would be disallowed.



by WLJ
2016 January 22
Lameness issues are a leading cause of decreased profitability and a common reason for culling decisions. A survey of western feedlots reported that 16 percent of health issues were correlated directly to lameness, and 5 percent of deaths were due to lame cattle.


2016 January 22
There is a clear agenda that has been set by the federal government over our so-called public lands or federal lands; whichever name you prefer. The battle lines were drawn up with the passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. This, in retrospect, has created an all-out.


by WLJ
2016 January 22
As a Missouri cattle producer, I oppose the $1 a head state beef checkoff. The state government wants to take another $2.


2016 January 22
One fairly new addition to sire summaries is a selection index, available from several breed associations. The selection index allows a producer to select bulls based on multiple traits through a single expected progeny difference (EPD) value. The selection index EPD value can meet maternal cow/calf selection or terminal beef production objectives.


2016 January 15
One of the more lively discussions was about source verification, which is absolutely needed for the U.S. to sell beef to China—a country that provides a huge consumer market for beef and will be needed to maintain profitable live cattle prices at the upper end of the trading spectrum.


by WLJ
2016 January 15
The USDA is forecasting net farm income in 2015 to be $55.9 billion, a 38.2 percent drop from the previous year. This is the single largest year-over-year drop in net farm income since 1983. Back in 2013, net farm income was a record $123.3 billion. The 2015 forecast is 55 percent lower than in 2013.


by WLJ
2016 January 15
The New Year is an opportunity to think about your business. But that is a broad prospect, and therefore, somewhat daunting. Michigan State University Extension has a way to better define that; think about just three things. Let’s start with the first, think about one thing from the past year.


2016 January 8
Most western resource users, grazers, miners, timber interests will all tell those uninformed folks that the federal agencies—the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, U.S.



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