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2015 November 30
At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, cattle are worked quite frequently because we need to collect data for research projects. But, as the center has shifted from intensive cattle production to extensive cattle production, certain managerial questions arise.


2015 November 30
An ideal beef steer is one you can profitably produce again and again, to earn premiums on a value-based grid. That’s the premise Paul Dykstra used in presenting “How to build the perfect steer” at the Angus Means Business National Convention Nov. 2-4..


by WLJ
2015 November 30
By the time this issue reaches mailboxes, Thanksgiving and Black Friday will have taken place and the start of the harvest season for retail stores has begun. It has been a very interesting past few months for the cow/calf producer, especially for those who didn’t manage risk earlier in the year.


2015 November 20
Paperwork and processes were developed to assure cattle verification by a unique animal identification number as cattle moved along the market chain. As the animal went further down the marketing chain, pressure mounted to assure compliance with the original intent of the animal purchase.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
In 1999, prominent Purdue Economist Michael Boehlje said the “new agriculture” in the 21st century would include a focus on differentiated, branded production. At the time, most ag commodities were sold unbranded. Are we making progress? There’s evidence that says we are, especially in the beef sector.


2015 November 20
The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to add Namibia to the list of countries that can export to the U.S. The U.S. does represent one of the most robust markets for beef products in the world and it appears that every beef producing country wants a piece.


2015 November 13
markets are on a terror and have sucked the life out of the cash cattle markets. Over the past six weeks we were down $20 on fed cattle, then we were up $20, and now we’re back down $20. I think we all expected some volatility in the market but this is CROW.


2015 November 13
Sometimes I think I’m an average beef consumer. But then in the grocery store checkout line, as I put my items on the conveyer I realize my purchases rarely contain any meat. Not unlike many in the ag community, my family has a deepfreeze full of protein, so during normal weeks we’re dipping into that supply daily.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
During the past 25 years, much of my research has been on the economics of water markets. Economists continue to emphasize that water is an economic good especially in the western U.S., where water is scarce and therefore valuable.


by WLJ
2015 November 13
Through the first half of the 20th century, preventing nutritional deficiencies was the focus of nutrition guidance from public health groups and government agencies. But that changed 40 years ago, when publichealth policy shifted from what was not in the diet that should be, to what was in the diet that should not be.


2015 November 6
Risk management is a term you might forget about when it comes to the cattle business because there just isn’t any. The futures markets just don’t seem able to find value or price discovery. Last Wednesday all contracts were down the limit $4.50 for feeder cattle and $3 for live cattle.


2015 November 6
Cows are labor-intensive, and a slip on ice, a sick spell or the many variations of life can have significant impact on the labor force involved with the cow herd. As the owner or manager, a longterm cattle-handling plan needs to be in place in case of unexpected change.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
We’ve seen this movie before. A lame duck president uses the Antiquities Act to declare huge swaths of public lands off limits so he can have an environmental legacy.


2015 November 6
A resolution has been introduced in the U.S. House to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for violation of the public trust, failing to comply with congressionally-issued subpoenas, and misleading the public over the IRS’ practices of targeting conservative groups in audits.


by WLJ
2015 November 6
Bankers allocate their limited funds to borrowers based on the “5 Cs” of credit, and those factors can be affected by the quality of the farm’s water supply and water rights. According to Heather Malcolm at Bank of the Rockies in Livingston, MT, those factors are Capital, Capacity, Conditions, Character and Collateral.


2015 October 30
someone tries to sell you something important— be it a truck, a bull, a politician, or an idea—there’s a certain kind of behavior you expect. They will make direct statements supported by evidence. They are willing to answer your questions fully and HALLADAY.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
We learned last week that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has voted to tell the world that they believe processed meats are a human carcinogen. Similarly, they have decided red meat is a “probable carcinogen.


2015 October 30
Close your eyes and imagine this scene. Prehistoric man has just discovered how to make fire. As the flames flicker, he accidentally drops into the fire the raw meat of a creature he was gnawing on. It takes him a few minutes to retrieve the meat. Then he starts eating again and lets out a roar.


by WLJ
2015 October 30
As a cattle producer, you know how important nutrition is to the health of your animals. My husband, Steve, and I take a great deal of energy and time in providing really good feed for our cattle. Before they arrive at our feedyard, we’ve worked with a nutritionist to help us formulate a ration that will meet the needs of those animals.


2015 October 23
It didn’t take the bull market players long to figure out that the cattle market bust came a bit too fast and went a bit too far. October cattle futures rallied back to $140. In just a week-and-a-half. Markets are the markets and there is no rhyme or reason as to where they go sometimes.




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