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News
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
This decision comes with some potential complications, however. When litigation over WOTUS began, lawsuits were filed in both federal district courts and appeals court. The problem arises now in that both the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and one of the district courts have claimed to have jurisdiction on the case.


News
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
Low commodity prices, tightening credit, expensive land and rising costs for expenses such as seed and fertilizer will lead to financial losses for many farmers and ranchers this year, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr. told a House subcommittee last week.


Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
Over the next 50 to 60 days, there will be a lot of bulls turned out to cover the nation’s spring-calving herd. The recent USDA inventory report claims herd expansion is still the trend, although the trend is indicating a slowdown after two aggressive years of heifer retention.


Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
No livestock species is excluded from potential toxin overload, and economic losses due to toxic plant ingestion accounts for approximately 5 percent of annual fatalities and illnesses. Losses result from organ failure, reproductive inefficiency, decreased weight gain, birth defects, and many other factors.


News
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
As the weather changes and the season turns, spring healthcare and herd management makes a new appearance. Vaccinations and deworming should play a key part in managing animals that are moved into a herd, are pre-calving, and are being processed in other similar scenarios (such as during pregnancy evaluations, calf processing, or deworming).

News
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
The beef sector is important to our dairy industry because our cows will eventually end up in the beef supply. On our farm, we always look to the beef side as the final product for our cows. We love the fact that we can make milk with them, but they have a dual purpose in providing nutrition for consumers through the beef they provide.
News
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced Richard Thorpe of Winters, TX, as its new President April 10 at the conclusion of the association’s annual convention. Thorpe, along with his family, owns and operates Mesa T Ranch. He also has a medical degree from Texas Tech University.

Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
It seems that most of what we do in the cattle business happens in seasons. I just finished up my spring bull sale season and after traveling tens of thousands of miles from Idaho to North Dakota (and not uncommon to do so in a three-day stretch) I was able to spend some time.



Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
Here’s a riddle: What does the Klamath Basin area, the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the African country of Zimbabwe have in common? Answer: Government reform and intentional harassment of farmers end food production, and—in Zimbabwe’s case— bring starvation.

News
by WLJ
Apr 8, 2016
A new study from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs warns that civil unrest stemming from food price volatility and food insecurity in key world regions stands to directly impact U.S. national security interests.


News
by WLJ
Apr 8, 2016
These and other funds will be used to purchase fencing supplies, pay for the treatment of cattle injured in the fire and other priority needs identified by local Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) leadership in counties affected by wildfire that started March 22 and burned into the following week (see WLJ’s April 4 edition).


Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 8, 2016
Historic and seasonal trends are important for reference points testing current price and production trends against a historical perspective. Fortunes have been made and lost trading on information provided by datasets from the past and staking bets accordingly.


Markets
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2016
Corn futures reacted negatively to the larger-thanexpected acreage projections in the report with the entire board seeing red. By Thursday’s settle, the nearterm corn contract stood at 351'4, down 15'4 in just Thursday’s trade. The more deferred contracts of December 2016 and March 2017 were at 368'6 (down 15'2) and 378'2 (down 14'4) respectively.
Markets
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2016
Last week saw the release of Rabobank’s first quarter beef report. The focus was on international beef trade. South American beef countries, China, Oceania, and North America all are or will see changes in their trade-related fundamentals in 2016, according to the report.
News
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2016
Ranches that successfully attain these goals will profit immensely from the sustainability that will inherently follow. The first steps in designing a successful intensive grazing system are to determine a paddock grazing period and a pasturerecovery period, or rest period.
Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 1, 2016
July can’t come soon enough. The Republican National Convention is on the horizon and “politics as usual” has taken its course over the last month. The name-calling, political positioning, and campaign negativity surrounding the remaining candidates have been escalated.


News
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2016
The lawsuit was dropped following a declaration filed in the U.S. District Court of Montana on March 14 by Andrew Hammond, PhD, Director of the Pacific West Area of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), saying the sheep would not be grazed...
News
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 17 issued a rule finalizing three previously-issued interim final rules (IFRs) designed to further reduce the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes referred to as “mad cow disease,” in human food.
Opinion
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2016
We all know dairy cows serve a dual purpose. In the words of our 2016 Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award winners Reid and Diane Hoover, “Our love for the dairy animal goes beyond just making milk. We know that animal has a unique quality in life in both milk and meat production.