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2017 October 20
Pete CrowUSDA decided to give the controversial interim final rule (IFR) governing the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) the boot last week. GIPSA delayed the effecti
2017 October 13
Pete CrowThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ public safety and neighborhood services committee announced last week that they were considering a city ordinance that would require grocery chai
2017 October 5
Pete CrowFeeder cattle prices have remained strong going into the fourth quarter of the year, calves are trading around that $175 mark and yearlings are hanging tough at the $150 range. You can blame
2017 September 29
To date wildfire has claimed 8.5 million acres of forest land, both public and private, and has cost over $2 billion. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) needs to actively manage the forests. Log them, thin them and just clean them up!
2017 September 22
Pete CrowAgriculture as an industry has been conservation-minded since the get-go. With the changing of the guard at Department of Interior and USDA, we have changed the direction of the former
2017 September 15
Pete CrowIt looks like the fed cattle markets are trying to bottom out. Cash trade is at $105. Reports continue to show that current market-ready supplies of fed cattle are lower that they were a
2017 September 8
 A feral foal tries to suckle an emaciated mare on an overpopulated Nevada HMAPhoto by Nevada BLMSeveral weeks ago, Utah State University hosted the Wild Horse and Burro Summit in Salt Lake Cit
2017 September 1
It’s been a wild summer of weather events for the livestock industry. On one side of the country you have extreme, dry weather and wildfires forcing cattlemen to liquidate herds, and
2017 August 25
Did you submit your comments? If not, you still have time. The official comment period to repeal the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)— a.k.a. the “Clean Water Rule” proposed by the Environmental P
2017 August 18
This issue of the Western Livestock Journal contains the annual Commercial Cattle Issue (CCI). Each summer, we publish this magazine just ahead of the fall bull and production sales and this year
2017 August 4
Pete CrowThe beef checkoff has been a contentious issue for some. I say “some” because they are the same people— and the same groups—who have been challenging the existence of the beef che
2017 July 21
Pete CrowIt appears that a national animal identification system may be coming back around. A mandatory animal ID program was pitched five or six years ago by the USDA but was soundly rejected by
2017 July 14
Pete CrowExport trade is critical for U.S. agriculture. If we don’t get in the game, it could be bad for farms and ranches. Last week the European Union (EU) and Japan announced a free trade agre
2017 July 7
Pete CrowThe Fourth of July is over and we’re officially in the long hot summer doldrums for beef sales, at least conventional wisdom and history would suggest. But things are a little different
2017 June 30
Big industry moves came rapid-fire last week just in time for the Fourth of July. First off, Beef Products Incorporated (BPI) settled their defamation suit against American Broadcasting Corporatio
2017 June 23
Business in BrazilThis situation with JBS SA, the world’s largest meat packer, and J&F investments and the Brazilian government is getting out of control to say the least. It’s getting hard to
2017 June 16
Pete CrowWhat a difference a deadline makes. Resuming beef trade with China has been on the minds of cattlemen since we were shut out in 2003. In the past, they were just conversations about reope
2017 June 9
Wyoming has never looked better! We just completed our annual WLJ Ranch Tour in the Cowboy State. Ample moisture has blessed the state and it was about as green as Wyoming gets; grass conditions w


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