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by WLJ
2015 October 2
Anthrax is a highly infectious and fatal disease caused by a spore forming bacterium named Bacillus anthracis. The bacterium has been identified upon every continent on the globe. Three types of anthrax exist and affect the skin, respiratory system, and digestive system.


2015 October 2
So now we ask the question: Why? In the big picture there isn’t much more beef available than there was a year ago. I know that everyone is asking when we will hit the bottom and when will it come—obviously questions that no one really knows how to answer.


2015 September 25
Let’s walk down the direct expense side of the numbers. FINBIN reports increases in expenses: feed supplements (protein, vitamins and minerals) up 294 percent; corn silage up 274 percent; alfalfa hay up 140 percent; grass hay up 165 percent; pasture up 200 percent; and other feedstuffs up 154 percent.


by WLJ
2015 September 25
That’s what happens each day in the Kawartha Lakes region northeast of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but it wasn’t always on his mind. With a degree in cinematography and no formal culinary education, there was a time when owning and operating a steakhouse didn’t quite make sense.


by WLJ
2015 September 25
As the current Secretary-Treasurer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, I also am directly involved in making those decisions on behalf of all checkoff investors, and I guarantee you that those decisions are not being made in a vacuum.


by WLJ
2015 September 25
The countdown has begun for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 20. And, as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.


2015 September 25
But not everyone is so eager to put their farms or ranches—their lives—on display. Between calving and AI, haying and silage chopping, there is never an “off” season or a good time of the year to devote a day to visitors, not to mention to prep ahead of time.


2015 September 25
I am not referring to the end product but rather to the weaned calf. The cost per pound weaned per exposed cow has jumped 200 percent since the turn of the century. That is not good news. Cost control is critical in every business. If costs are allowed to run out of control, the next step is liquidation.


2015 September 25
Cattlemen and natural resource users across the West dodged a bullet last week when Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced that the government would not be listing the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species. However, she did say that the BLM and Forest Service were going to go ahead.


2015 September 18
The Forest Service decided to borrow another $250 million from the forest management program to battle the wildfires, bringing a total of $700 million in funds that were destined for other Forest Service projects.


2015 September 11
The cattle markets have been adjusting over the past several weeks. Calf sellers were looking pretty good in early summer but cattle feeders finally realized that they just can’t spend as much for yearlings as they did a year ago. The August futures market was keeping a bit of a floor CROW.


2015 September 11
Crops that were not a success went to the cows, or maybe the sheep. Yes, cows and sheep were prevalent, along with hogs and chickens. Today, Roundup herbicide and anhydrous ammonia fertilizer are utilized extensively throughout agriculture, and calves are weighing in at more than 600 pounds after seven months of grazing.


by WLJ
2015 September 11
Sometimes you are reading emails, see something you realize is not spam—and your only reaction is “wow!” Such was mine as I looked at qualifying numbers for the Certified Angus Beef brand for the months of June and July and saw 30.1 percent for both months.


2015 September 4
We have forest management plans that are unworkable and unresponsive to local needs. The current wildfire situation is a symptom of forest negligence, which to a large degree is part of the 1970s environmental law boon.


2015 September 4
USDA currently forecasts that beef production next year will total 24.835 billion pounds, up 4.5 percent or just over one billion pounds from this year. That’s quite a hefty year-on-year increase, which will bring the total back above the 2014 total. USDA also forecasts that exports next year will increase slightly and imports will decline sharply.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
Despite the conflicting opinions and perspectives, and ensuing litigation, this brief point in legal history is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the basic functions of the three branches of U.S. government, a structure that has been in place for more than 225 years.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
“I grew up in southeastern Montana on a small commercial cow/ calf ranch,” he told us. “I was very active in the community and 4-H and FFA growing up. I was very interested in the cattle industry in general, went on to college to pursue livestock judging.


2015 September 4
Dark colored soils full of OM is like money in the bank. As it rots, it becomes food for the billions of microorganisms and earthworms, which causes new soils to form and generate new plant food. Organic matter becomes a reservoir of plant nutrients. Each percent of OM releases 20-30 pounds of nitrogen, 4.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
Management of fire emergencies is typically well planned in most households, but unfortunately is often overlooked on farms and production settings until it is too late. Fire danger elevates quickly due to extreme heat, formation of toxic gases, and rapid loss of available oxygen.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
As the summer here at the Noble Foundation is winding down, I have been putting together my presentation on the summer’s activities. One day I sat down and tried to make a list of all the things that I have done as a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture.