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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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 16, 2005
“Where’s Wilbur?” That was the signature line for many of Wilbur Plaugher’s rodeo performances over the years. Where is Wilbur? Now he is at home on his ranch near Sanger, CA, and doing great. Recently I met Wilbur at Western Stockman’s Market, Famoso, CA, when my good friend Skinner Hardy introduced me to him. I was excited
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 9, 2005
Tyson settles federal case Tyson Foods has paid a $1.5 million fine and its former senior chairman, Don Tyson, has paid $700,000 to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that the company had failed to disclose certain benefits paid to Tyson over the past several years. Don Tyson also repaid $1.516 million to the company.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 9, 2005
Canada’s Competition Bureau last week announced it had completed an investigation into allegations that Canadian beef processors colluded and unfairly depressed the prices paid for fed cattle over the last 18 months and found there to be no wrongdoing by packers. The bureau did say that beef prices remained stable with the previous
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 9, 2005
It looks like trade with Japan may happen soon, as it was announced last week that Japan was ready to repeal their 100 percent BSE testing law. This has been the major obstacle in getting any serious negotiations started on resuming trade. Changing this law was absolutely the first thing that had to happen for any trade to start.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 9, 2005
USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, made a plea to producers for transparency and communication throughout the agriculture industry last week during a message he gave to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Washington, D.C. Johanns’ goal was to solicit comments from farmers and ranchers for the new Farm Bill. “The new
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 9, 2005
A struggling futures market and projections for less-than-stellar post Mother’s Day beef demand left cattle feeders settling for cash cattle prices $2-4 softer than the previous week. However, even with that decline, most cattle were bringing a $50-or-more profit to producers. Trade was mostly complete in the northern tier states last Wednesday afternoon,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 9, 2005
— Import rule expected May 27. Changes to Japan’s BSE testing rules are expected to be formally completed May 12, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) last week. In addition, the Japanese Food Safety Commission (FSC) is expected to formally publish proposed


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