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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 23, 2005
Canadian cattle industry officials last week confirmed that the country is working toward full self-sufficiency when it comes to processing all cattle it produces. As of the week ending May 14, Canada was about 20 percent short of slaughtering its nationwide cattle production on a weekly basis, compared to being 40 percent short prior to BSE being confirmed
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 23, 2005
The House of Representative’s Appropriation Subcommittee on Agriculture approved last Monday a spending bill that includes another delay for country-of-origin labeling for meat and meat products. At face value the language approved last week would delay both a mandatory or voluntary program from moving ahead. “There is no clarification between a mandatory or
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 23, 2005
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided to refuse to reconsider the Feb. 28 decision regarding the Clean Water Act Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) rule. Most producer groups were pleased by this decision and agree there is both positive and negative aspects of the Environmental Protections Agency’s (EPA) current CAFO rule.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 23, 2005
An ivory-billed woodpecker that was once thought to be extinct has been rediscovered in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. USDA and the Department of Interior were quick to react to the news, allocating millions of dollars for the study and recovery of this bird. The money is expected to be spent on identifying critical habitat, which will
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 23, 2005
Sorghum, also known as milo, makes a good livestock feed. New research is also proving that this plant may be a good alternative to herbicides as well, and it may provide data on how to introduce weed-fighting characteristics to other plants. Agriculture Research Service (ARS) scientists in the ARS Natural Products Utilization Research
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 23, 2005
— Industry analysts skeptical. U.S. beef exports to Mexico are a little over 90 percent of pre-BSE levels, according to USDA officials. However, industry analysts said that first quarter exports to Mexico don’t substantiate that statement. In a talk during a visit to Mexico City last week, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns said, “We have
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
McDonald’s posts growth in April McDonald’s Corp. posted a moderate rise in sales at its namesake fast-food restaurants last month, lifted by improved domestic business while European demand lagged. Same-store sales at worldwide McDonald’s locations open at least a year grew 2.8 percent in April, but slowed from an increase of 10.5 percent in the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
Brazil is expected to resume exporting processed beef to the U.S. by early June after the South American country voluntarily restricted them because of U.S. concerns about health, hygiene and inspection standards at Brazilian processing plants. On May 5, Brazilian officials suspended beef exports to the U.S. from all 28 certified meat export
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
National animal identification is on its way, but it will happen at a snail’s pace. Earlier this month USDA announced its plans and time line for its National Animal Identification System, and the intention is to make the plan mandatory by 2009, just four short years away. The word mandatory is certain to raise the hackles on most folks’
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
Animal health officials last week told WLJ that this year marks the earliest time in recorded history that double digit cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) have been reported in the country. That news has federal and state animal health organizations urging producers to take extra precautions in an effort to prevent the disease.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
— Boxed beef market cited. — Thursday bids, asks $5-6 apart. Packers and cattle sellers continued to stay $5-6 apart as WLJ went to press last Thursday. What made last week more interesting was the fact that nobody was sure where the market would end up at the end of the week. While some
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
Nature abhors a vacuum. In both the natural and business world, when an unexploited void or new opportunity becomes available, competitors scramble to fill it. Farmers eliminate one pest from their fields only to find an equally ravenous competitor stepping in to fill the niche. When the public started bowing to the low-carb craze, restaurants rushed to present
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
— Japan to still blanket test. — Import rule proposal expected May 27. Changes to Japan’s BSE testing regulations were finalized last Thursday and the initial proposal to amend Japan’s beef import rules are expected to be released for public comment later this month. USDA officials said they are hopeful that last week’s developments
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
Distinguishing between fact and fiction Editor: In today's world, events you can count on seem to happen less and less, I however have found two. The ability and willingness of R-CALF to take facts and twist them around to suit their purpose, and that whatever they say is printed in newspapers, whether it is entirely factual
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
— Northwest most susceptible region. What exactly is the risk of a BSE epidemic occurring in North America? That is the question that four USDA, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) epidemiologists wanted to answer. To decipher that answer the USDA APHIS employees traveled to Canada, the origination point of each of the four
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
Producers may again have access to grazing allotments which have been hard to get to since since 2001 due to the Roadless Rule imposed by former President Bill Clinton. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently announced that the Roadless Rule has been overturned and now state governors will have the authority to conserve and manage this federal land.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
Trace mineral deficiencies occur more often than most producers realize. The reason trace mineral deficiencies can become a big problem is because the producer does not recognize the specific symptoms and, instead, the animal grows or reproduces at a reduced rate, uses feed less efficiently and operates with a depressed immune system. The end result of this scenario
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
— Fuel prices, freight industry competition cited. Ready availability of livestock hauling trucks is in severe jeopardy later this year, according to livestock transportation sources. The pending shortage is expected due to a combination of increased fuel costs and competition coming from other industries. Prior to the jump in fuel prices several years ago,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
Congressional aides and livestock industry lobbyists said last week that House and Senate committees are expected to soon vote on proposals to reinstate the ban on the sale of wild horses and burros and the ban on slaughtering of all horses. House bill HR 503, first introduced on Feb. 1, would amend the Horse Protection


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