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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
2017 June 2
I had the pleasure of joining my state cattlemen’s association for their mid-year meeting this past week in Montana. These meetings provide an invaluable opportunity to find out the latest issues pr
2017 May 26
Pete CrowNow that President Donald Trump has produced his first budget, it appears that he has angered just about every special interest group in the country. It looks as though no stone was left untu
2017 May 19
China is big. Can you imagine 1.4 billion new customers having the opportunity to buy U.S. grain-fed beef? When the market was closed to U.S. beef producers in 2003 because of the mad cow—BSE
2017 May 12
Pete CrowCash fed cattle found their spring top two weeks ago as the market touched $148. Since that point, the futures markets have been in an absolute free fall with the May contract losing arou
2017 May 5
Pete CrowLooks like everyone missed this market rally. We’ve found a dynamic that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before. That is the dynamic between futures markets and the cash market and th
2017 April 28
Pete Crow There was a lot of news coming from the packing industry last week.Cargill announced that they were going to sell two more feedlots—Yuma, CO and Leoti, KS—to Omaha-based Green Plain
2017 April 21
Pete CrowEthan Lane and Marci Schlup, who run the Public Lands Council (PLC), stopped by our offices last week for a visit to fill us in on all the news going on in the public lands arena in Washi
2017 April 14
Plenty of headlines have come out of Washington D.C. since the inauguration three months ago, but none have been more beef friendly than the news released April 10. President Donald Trump met w
2017 April 7
Pete CrowTrade has been the talk of the past few weeks, especially meat trade out of Brazil. It appears that Brazil has some image problems to straighten out after their inspection fiasco. Many co

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