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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Ranchers can take advantage of late-season alfalfa growth this fall and winter, but without pulling the hay equipment into the field. Producers in southern areas may still have an opportunity to graze before a frost, while in northern areas, ranchers should begin preparations to work alfalfa into their winter grazing schemes. Depending on timing and weather, producers are many times left with a last cutting that may not justify the expense of putting the hay up, but have a hard time leaving the season’s last growth standing in the field. “For ranchers in the south still looking to take advantage of
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Sheep producers in 16 Montana counties are not allowed to move their sheep within or beyond their county lines until Oct. 10 because of a recent bluetongue outbreak. “Test results on Tuesday (Sept. 18) confirmed bluetongue in sheep from Musselshell County, and we’ve gotten reports of sick sheep and preliminary test results from several additional counties, so I’ve chosen to expand the hold order to also include Big Horn, Carter, Carbon, Custer, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Petroleum, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Stillwater, Treasure and Yellowstone counties,” said state veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski. Bluetongue had already been confirmed in whitetail deer
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
No worries It was no surprise that USDA was going to approve cow trade with Canada. We’ve anticipated the final rule for two years. Starting as early as Nov. 19, beef from cattle of any age with specified risk material removed, live cows born after March 1, 1999, which must be permanently identified and age verified, blood and blood products collected under certain conditions, casings and parts of the small intestine will be eligible for import to the U.S. USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service said they are expanding the list of allowable imports from countries presenting minimal risk of introducing
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Consumers tell us that tenderness and taste are two of the most important attributes when they are evaluating their beef eating experience. They want tender beef and are willing to pay for it. That was the message Dr. Keith Belk, professor at Colorado State University’s Center for Red Meat Quality and Safety, delivered to agricultural editors and other participants at a Sensory Evaluation Briefing and Wet Lab held at Iowa State University. The training session was hosted by Elanco Animal Health as part of its continuing effort to educate beef producers on the importance of tenderness of the beef they
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
The marketing of cull cows this year could require some strategic planning in order to maximize return. In previous years, feeding cull cows through the winter and into spring made good sense, particularly for producers who had inexpensive feed available. Premium white fat cows, sold in the first quarter of the year, have traditionally commanded a premium at the auction market. This year, however, cull prices are slipping and could be further impacted as continued drought in the southeast adds to cull numbers and feeding cost increase, making wintering costs prohibitive. The combination of factors could lead to an increase
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Members of the U.S. Senate are preparing to introduce an extension for the 2002 Farm Bill which is set to expire at the end of the month. Last week, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-IA, told reporters that the Senate was prepared to pass one month extensions until the new measure is passed, which could be sometime in December he said. Harkin said during a teleconference that the Senate Ag Committe would hold a mark-up session for the bill sometime during the week of Oct. 8 to consider amendments to the bill. Although Harkin said he intends to complete
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Sheep producers in 16 Montana counties are not allowed to move their sheep within or beyond their county lines until Oct. 10 because of a recent bluetongue outbreak. “Test results on Tuesday (Sept. 18) confirmed bluetongue in sheep from Musselshell County, and we’ve gotten reports of sick sheep and preliminary test results from several additional counties, so I’ve chosen to expand the hold order to also include Big Horn, Carter, Carbon, Custer, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Petroleum, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Stillwater, Treasure and Yellowstone counties,” said state veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski. Bluetongue had already been confirmed in whitetail deer
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Livestock market owners in some areas are finding limited demand for cattle with age and source verification, which has limited premiums for cattle sold outside of special age- and source-verified sales. Part of the problem rests in the limited acceptance among producers, and some with buyers who aren’t willing to pay added costs for the cattle. According to Dan Harris, Holton, KS, livestock market operator and chairman of Livestock Marketing Association’s Government and Industry Affairs Committee, one of the biggest issues surrounding animal identification and any potential age and source verification is the cost to market owners. “My biggest concern is
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Livestock auction markets in the middle and eastern U.S. play a special role that many ranchers in the western U.S. are not accustomed to—that of the collector. The large majority of producers in the Midwest and the east are small, with average herd sizes ranging from a few head to maybe 50 head, not the few hundred or thousand head cow herds that many western producers are familiar with. Because of the high number of producers but relatively small herds, auction markets in these areas serve as collection points and places of price discovery. Without auction markets to serve as a
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
After very light live cattle trade a week earlier, beef packers cut plant operating hours again last week to reduce total harvest significantly in their efforts to boost the sagging cutout values. However, the move appeared to have little effect and at mid-week, lower wholesale prices spurred heavy trade, allowing packers to move 482 loads of Choice and Select fab cuts and 134 loads of trim and grinds out of cold storage and into the hands of retailers. Most of the decline in cutout values came on middle meats, with rib roasts and boneless ribeyes leading the way lower, although
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
With volatile feed costs that have reached record highs in recent months, feed yards want calves this fall that will perform from day one without added worry of sickness. That means buyers will be willing to pay more for healthy cattle, says Dr. Joe Dedrickson, director of the Merial Large Animal Veterinary Professional Services. “Feed yards can’t afford sick cattle this fall,” he explains. “The stress of weaning and shipping can lead to bovine respiratory disease (BRD), and with profit margins tight, any setback due to BRD can be devastating to the bottom line. Prevention is key.” Treatment costs alone for BRD
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Sale Calendar is a service to our advertisers. There is a minimum advertising requirement to be eligible to be listed in the sale calendar. Contact your fieldman for more information, or to have your date added to the Sale Calendar. We will only run auction sale dates or private treaty start dates. We do not run consignor sale dates. ALL BREEDS Sept. 30 – Visalia Livestock Market, Bull Sale, Visalia, CA Oct. 5 – Tri County All Breeds Bull Sale, Templeton, CA Oct. 7 – Cal Poly Bull Test Sale, San Luis Obispo, CA Oct. 20 – Western Stockman’s Famoso All Breeds Female & Bull
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
BLACK GOLD BULL SALE Sept. 13, Colusa, CA 75 Fall yrlng Angus bulls $3,361 21 Spring yrlng Angus bulls 3,640 15 Spring yrlng Charolais bulls 2,773 Auctioneers: Rick Machado and John Rodgers Sale Manager: Matt Macfarlane Marketing For over a decade, this sale has either kicked off the fall marketing season on the West Coast or it has been one of the very early sales. This year, it was one of the very early sales and the results of this sale are eagerly awaited by the industry. Once again, this sale will be viewed as a market maker sale as it again set the pace for the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns gave a formal letter of resignation to President Bush on Sept. 20, effectively ending speculation regarding Johanns’ future political career. Bush made the announcement to the press at 9:27 EDT in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House. Speculation has been running rampant for weeks regarding Johanns’ move to fill a Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-NE. The Senate would be the next logical stop politically for Johanns, though there is speculation that Bush’s outright endorsement of Johanns for the Senate is a denouncement of Hagel, who has been a frequent critic
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
During a long-awaited announcement Sept. 14, USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. John Clifford, formally revealed USDA’s final minimal-risk rule for normalizing trade with other minimal-risk countries. Currently, the only country the U.S. has designated as being at minimal- risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is Canada. The official designation by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of both countries is ‘controlled risk.’ While the Canadian border has been open to cattle under 30 months of age since January of 2005, the movement of cattle over that age has remained restricted until now. Live cattle over 30 months of age, destined both
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-MO, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, recently introduced legislation that would prohibit USDA from developing a mandatory National Animal Identification System (NAIS).   Talent’s bill, S.3862, amends the Animal Health Protection Act to “prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from implementing or carrying out a National Animal Identification System or similar requirement.” The bill would also cease funding and defund NAIS. The bill’s language also requires federal protection of any information obtained through a voluntary program.   A similar piece of legislation has entered the House introduced by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-MO, which calls to make the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
  Late in the day, Sept. 20, Congress finally reauthorized the Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting (LMPR) Act. The bill, H.R. 3408, will now head for the president’s desk for passage into law. The bill, which had been in conference committee after differing versions passed out of the House and Senate last year, contains few alterations and passed the Senate by unanimous consent. Reports last week said the changes for LMPR advocated by the Senate after a Government Accountability Office report last year will be addressed in the 2007 Farm Bill negotiations. According to the National Pork Producer’s Council, among the enhancements
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Roger Koedam and his partners from Iowa are close to opening a brand new livestock auction market in Canton, SD. The facility, which is nearing completion, is expected to hold its first sale on Oct. 16. According to Koedam, the market will hold 5,000 animals easily, with a maximum capacity of 7,000 head. Most pens are also under cover, which Koedam said would be a benefit for cattlemen in the area. “We have about two-thirds of our pen space under a roof. The total roof area is 200 by 500 feet,” Koedam said. He said the new market, named Sioux Falls Regional
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Premiums for preconditioning, source verified and weaning continue to be the fastest ways producers can add value to their calf crops, experts say. Several studies have shown the premiums available to producers can stack up to as much as $10 to $20 per cwt. Now that export markets have reopened to much of Asia, calves which meet the criteria for export, including source and age verification, will qualify for additional premiums. More frequently than ever, auction markets are recommending producers implement as much of a preconditioning program as is practical. The drawback, a lack of facilities to handle vaccination and 30
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Producers have a variety of differing philosophies when it comes to handling cull cows. Numerous studies have shown that selling unproductive cows contributes a substantial amount of money to an operation’s bottom line, by most accounts an average of 20% of revenue and in some cases, as much as 30% in a given year. Feeding culls can be a proposition which is both risky and potentially rewarding. Research has shown there can be substantial profitability when open or no-longer-productive culls are placed on feed for a period of time prior to marketing them. The profitability of such a practice can vary


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