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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Aug 13, 2007
It was another good week for feeder cattle and calves. Superior’s Winnemucca, NV, sale was red hot and the calf market was much improved from several weeks ago, up $5-8. The ultra-lights were over $150, with a $165 top on some weaned calves. Western Video Auction is having their Cheyenne, WY, sale this week—the 13th and 14th—and I would expect it to be great as well. It is widely accepted that the cow/calf sector will be in good shape for several more years—until that thing called herd build-up occurs. If I recall, this cattle cycle is going into its 10th
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Aug 6, 2007
The Batistas of Brazil are definitely men of action. Within hours of completing their $1.5 billion acquisition of Swift & Company, they had slashed 25 mostly top and middle management jobs at Swift’s Greeley, CO, headquarters. The next day, they told this columnist they planned to return the Greeley beef plant to full processing capacity as soon as possible. Phew. Most people had hardly digested the news of this unprecedented foreign ownership of a major U.S. meat company. It’s obvious though that JBS, the firm that Jose Batista founded in 1953 as a butcher shop, knew exactly what it intended to
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 23, 2007
—Funding for Williamson Act dollars faces veto threat. Williamson Act payments to California counties, which offset tax decreases on agricultural land, could disappear if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger carries out his plan to axe the estimated $40 million in funding during this year’s budget negotiation. His initial budget contained no money for the program, however, after an uproar, the California Legislature added funding for the program to its budget package. However, the program remains in jeopardy; the governor could still use his line-item veto power to remove the funds. The Williamson Act is a program, similar to a conservation easement, which allows California
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 23, 2007
On July 12, the Canadian government imposed a new ‘enhanced’ feed ban, one they hope will effectively stop all new cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from occurring within their borders. “The Canadian Cattleman’s Association (CCA) supports the enhanced ban and what it will do for our food safety. It’s something Canada needs to become compliant as far as the World Organization for Animal Health is concerned,” said Theresa Keddy, communications manager for CCA. Canada first implemented a feed ban in 1997 which disallowed the feeding of specified risk materials (SRMs) to cattle. The brain and spinal cord were not allowed to
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 23, 2007
—State will maintain its brucellosis-free status as a result of ranchers’ sacrifice. Nearly 600 head of Montana cattle were destroyed last week after ranch owners reached a deal with USDA officials to accept $475,000 in compensation after brucellosis was found in the herd. The infection was likely a result of contact with infected elk from nearby Yellowstone National Park which frequently migrate outside the park and are known carriers of the disease. The deal came just eight hours before a July 13 deadline set by the Montana Department of Livestock, after which time the state intended to force the condemnation and slaughter
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 23, 2007
On July 12, USDA released a statement claiming that a ban on the slaughter of cattle unable to stand or walk will become permanent, effective Oct. 1, 2007. The ban was initiated as an interim rule following the first confirmed detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December 2003. The purpose of the ban was to create safeguards against the slaughter of cattle which may harbor the disease. The new regulation does allow for some exemptions, however. Cattle may still be processed if they become unable to stand or walk after their initial inspection at a plant. This exemption is important
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 23, 2007
NUSDA could revoke New Mexico’s Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)-free status as a result of a case of TB at a dairy in Curry County unless it is proven to be an isolated case. Two weeks ago, the state’s congressional delegation and Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson expressed concern that USDA officials appeared prepared to alter the state’s current TB status as a result of the finding. All cattle producers in New Mexico would have to test for bovine TB if the state loses its status as a TB-free state. “A downgrade of New Mexico’s status could cost our producers more than $4
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 23, 2007
With temperatures forecast to hit 90 degrees and above, cattle producers need to take steps to ward off heat stress in their herds, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) beef specialist said. It’s important producers make sure their cattle have plenty of water, said Terry Mader, beef specialist at UNL’s Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord, NE. “Cattle do not handle heat stress as well as humans,” Mader said. “Sunny days with temperatures above the mid-80s can be stressful, particularly if there is no wind and humidity is above 50 percent or higher due to a recent rainfall.” Water is probably the best avenue
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 23, 2007
Handsome Stranger Productions announces the premiere of their newest production, TV Horse Source. This 30-minute television program will air on RVD-TV starting in December 2007. Nancy Stober, president of Handsome Stranger Productions, stated: “We believe this program will change how people market their horses! In the past, a buyer would spend countless hours going through publications, searching Web sites and networking through friends and trainers. Then after making contact with a seller, the buyer would wait days and weeks for photos and video, only to find the horse did not meet their needs. Our program will save both the buyer and
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 20, 2007
4, 2005 Austria discovers second BSE case A second confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Austria appears to be an isolated case as all other cattle at the affected farm tested negative for the deadly brain-wasting disorder. Austria’s health and agriculture ministers said an 11-year-old cow from
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 20, 2007
4, 2005 In addition to confirming the presence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow first tested for the disease last November, USDA on June 24 also announced plans to change its testing protocol for the disease. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said two different confirmatory tests
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 20, 2007
4, 2005 — Animal born and raised on Texas ranch. Officials with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) last Wednesday confirmed that a cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was U.S. born and raised. It is the first domestic case of the disease confirmed in
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 20, 2007
4, 2005 The Cattlemen’s Competitive Market Project (CCMP) last week officially launched a “public awareness” campaign concerning mandatory country-of-origin labeling (mCOOL), including the unveiling of a new USDA RAISED BEEF logo. CCMP is a consortium of various state, regional and national livestock organizations who have been in favor
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 20, 2007
4, 2005 — Supreme Court: economic development is public use. — Farms, ranches could be impacted. Private property groups, including farming and ranching organizations, were dismayed and upset with a recent Supreme Court decision allowing local governments to “take” private businesses, homes and/or
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 16, 2007
The spare parts department It’s called demand pull and the beef system could fit right into the model. Consider the oil filter in your truck. About every couple of thousand miles you are supposed to change the oil filter to maintain maximum performance and efficiency. When that time rolls around, it is customary to run to the auto parts store and begin the search for the filter that fits your truck. They provide small computerized screens now to help us find our way through the maze of all the available filters so that we ultimately find the one filter that we
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 16, 2007
Market conditions align Lower, lower. I never thought I would say that and like it, but the corn market is in the midst of its mid-summer fire sale and we are below $3.35 on the July contract. This last week was a big week in livestock marketing. Between the two major video auction companies, Western Video Market and Superior Livestock Auction, we’re planning on selling over a half-million head, which is a record. Superior had over 340,000 head listed in their catalog which was about an inch-and-a-quarter thick. The futures markets aligned to give these sales the best opportunity. Fed cattle
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 16, 2007
There’s no reason the cattle-feeding industry in Texas cannot remain strong and viable if it incorporates distillers grains into rations, said a Texas Agricultural Experiment Station researcher. “Our concern has been, ‘Will there be enough feed?’” said Dr. Jim MacDonald, Experiment Station beef cattle nutritionist. “Assuming all the distillers grains are available for livestock feed, clearly there will be.” But, MacDonald said, the ratio of corn being fed vs. distillers grains could go from 11-to-1 today, to 3-to-1 nationally in the next 10 years. “So we’d better figure out how to feed distillers grains,” he said. Relatively few distillers grains
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 16, 2007
Lunch begins at 11:30 at the River Bend Ranch Headquarters, located east of Limon, CO, off I-70 at Exit 354 then .75 miles west. The program will conclude around 3:30 p.m. Joe and Cindy Frasier, Frasier Farms—River Bend Ranch are inviting beef producers, educators, industry representatives and others to their ranch near Limon, CO, for a tour on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, beginning with a lunch at 11:30. Lunch is sponsored by Red Angus Association of America (RAAA). During the tour, participants will get a first-hand look at how River Bend Ranch uses a Synchronized Artificial Insemination Breeding Program in their summer
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 16, 2007
—Fed market rebound and lower corn provide added boost to strong video auction prices paid for yearlings. Fed cattle trade this week got an early start as short-bought packers slowed production speed and started off with bids steady with the prior week. Feedlots, on the other hand, held firm, looking for higher prices for available fed cattle, which are reported to be in very current condition. It appeared last week like cattle are also being pulled forward to fill packer demand. Nebraska live trade started Tuesday at $142 with live trade in a range of $89-90 although volume was reportedly light
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 16, 2007
—Funding for Williamson Act dollars faces veto threat. Williamson Act payments to California counties, which offset tax decreases on agricultural land, could disappear if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger carries out his plan to axe the estimated $40 million in funding during this year’s budget negotiation. His initial budget contained no money for the program, however, after an uproar, the California Legislature added funding for the program to its budget package. However, the program remains in jeopardy; the governor could still use his line-item veto power to remove the funds. The Williamson Act is a program, similar to a conservation easement, which allows California


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