Home / Articles / by WLJ
Search: in Authors List
 

WLJ

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
U.S. red meat exports posted increases in value through the first seven months of this year compared to the same time last year, according to the latest statistics compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. beef and beef variety meat exports worldwide increased 27 percent in value to $1.42 billion, and 16 percent in volume to 425,394 metric tons (937.8 million pounds), while U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports were up 5 percent in value to $1.7 billion, but declined 5 percent in volume to 704,138 metric tons (1.55 billion
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Now that U.S. retail grocers are into their autumn feature schedules, they are staring at a wholesale pricing situation that appears to have them backing away from beef, market analysts and buyers said. They may switch toward featuring more pork or chicken in October and make beef a single-item co-feature or an inside-page offering, market analysts and buyers said. Until the Thanksgiving holiday draws closer, there is little on which a grocer can hang an advertising weekend, the analysts said. Halloween certainly will be an opportunity to feature candy or costumes for the kids, but it provides no basis for
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
The task force, comprised of 19 members from across the industry, had a mission “to review, study and recommend enhancements to the Beef Act and Order (Beef Checkoff) for the purposes of strengthening the checkoff for the common good of the beef industry.” The result of the meeting was the recommendation to set forth four proposals to change and improve how the Beef Checkoff program is administered. Jamie Willrett, Task Force co-chair, said he is optimistic the proposals will be carried forward from the grassroots level this winter and become policy. Willrett said any proposals which become policy face a long
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
September 18, 2006 The contract versus cash basis levels that had been encouraging feedlots to hold cattle and add weight finally reversed last week and cash is once again “king.” The live cattle contract trade slipped below cash prices in a big decline on Wednesday last week and the move almost immediately spurred sales of live cattle last Thursday morning.   Cash trade in the north developed in a range of $138-140 live. Bids in the south, as of press time, were narrowing the gap between ask and offer. Bids were up to $88 and offering prices stood in a range of
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
  Anyway, there was broad based consensus it’s time to make some changes and the task force made four major proposals that were not terribly surprising, and certainly not very innovative.   There was a time, in the first ten years, when this project looked like a free-wheeling funding mechanism for the industry elite. It turned out not to be the case, but a simple learning curve for a project and a job that had never been done before. Marketing a commodity product is not easy and especially with a product that can spell satisfaction in many different ways to many different markets.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
  Last Wednesday’s year-to-date total number of acres burned, compiled by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, ID, showed 8,693,994 acres, or 13,584 square miles, burned by 81,881 fires. That’s already above last year’s record of 8,686,753 acres, or 13,573 square miles, for the entire year.   While this year’s burn will set a record and is well above the 10-year average of 4.9 million acres, the season overall is still being called near normal according to federal firefighting officials.   “On paper, it may be the worst in almost 50 years, but we have to keep ahold of the context that there
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Fall bull buying is not quickly approaching, it is here. Sales are occurring and the sale calendar is full. Several factors influence producers' bull buying regimens, including geographic location, management, finances and genetics. Deciding when to make your move needs to consist of a thought-out strategy in order to make the most out of your bull buying experience. Purchasing a bull or bulls too early or too late can cause management headaches, regret and most critically, money.   With that said, the importance of choosing the right sire is undisputable, but timing is of the essence. Knowing when and where is vital.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
  According to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, Kansas livestock producers, alone, were to have gotten as much as $4.2 million dollars under the USDA drought assistance package announced Aug. 29 that consisted of $800 million. Instead, they will get just over $900,000.   This significant gap is due to a mistake that inflated the figures, according to Roberts, who addressed producers regarding the issue Sept. 9 at the Kansas State Fair. Roberts added that Wyoming and Arizona will see similar reductions in their program.   He said figures were inflated for the three states used by the federal agency in calculating those states' share
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
September 18, 2006 A different approach   Several articles have appeared in the daily press discussing the Owyhee Initiative Agreement, often focusing on certain aspects of the Agreement which may have given readers an inaccurate impression of what the Initiative is about. The Owyhee Cattlemen’s Assn Board of Directors believe that clarification of the goals and intent of the Initiative is in order to help the public have an accurate understanding of the document.   The initiative was conceived as a positive, proactive effort in an attempt to break out of the negative rut the various sportsmen, environmental, and livestock groups found themselves operating in
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
  “While producers may have historically been most concerned about production risks such as weather, pests and other natural perils, many of the risks now facing their operation relate to management and marketing decisions,” said Darrell Mark, livestock marketing specialist at the University of Nebraska.   He said sometimes, producers give up price potential just to reduce variability. Consequently, this causes them to spend less time worrying about market prices and instead direct focus to other facets of their operation. Mark said one survey conducted revealed that more than 70 percent of producers cited risk reduction as their top marketing goal. At
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
Prior to the announcement last week, legislation passed in 2002 allowed cattle producers four years (until 2006) to replace livestock sold because of drought without being penalized for capital gains.   U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, last week, extended the provision for an additional year if, in the 12 months ending Aug. 31, there was severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions in the producer’s area. “Nebraska cattle producers are very grateful for this common sense modification," said Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Nebraska Cattlemen. “This announcement will aid many cattle producers who have been struggling with drought conditions for several
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
  In the report, NASS predicted corn production would reach 11.1 billion bushels, up 1 percent from last month’s estimate and slightly above 2005 levels. Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, yields are expected to average 154.7 bushels per acre, up 2.5 bushels from August and 6.8 bushels from last year. If realized, yield and production would be the second largest on record, behind 2004’s record harvest level of 11.8 billion bushels. Forecast yields are higher than August across the northern Great Plains and western Corn Belt because of improvements in the precipitation situation in those areas. According to reports,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
  Livestock producers in the western states have been engaged in disputes over water for many years, something that producers in that region are accustomed to. However, the dispute is shifting. Instead of battling over enough water, which is still a concern, the larger issue at the moment is the water quality. Producers say the water they are getting is the wrong kind to support livestock.   By support livestock, ranchers mean the water is not of the quality to sustain forage growth and, in fact, can destroy it. The issue revolves around the search for a type of natural gas called coal
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
New Zealand’s beef import volume in 2006 is forecast to increase 7%, to 615,000 tons, according to a USDA report. The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (FSA) recently completed an assessment of the U.S. BSE regime and determined that U.S. safeguards were equivalent to those provided by New Zealand’s BSE measures. Following a certification agreement, FSA will remove its case-by-case assessment requirement for imports of U.S. beef and beef variety meats, which will allow for U.S. beef to cross New Zealand borders.   Mexico beef, cattle exports to grow Mexico continued to relax its import restrictions on U.S. bovine products during 2005, and
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
California state Sen. Mike Machado, D-Linden, has proposed two separate pieces of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) legislation this term. The two bills, Senate Bill 905 (SB 905) and Senate Joint Resolution 16 (SJR 16), seek to amend what the senator believes are shortcomings in USDA BSE prevention protocols. The first measure, SB 905, is a former education bill which Machado gutted and amended. The bill now seeks to create a voluntary state program which will allow beef products to be labeled “BSE tested.” In order for a beef product to be labeled, it must meet a specific set of criteria; it
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way, the market that is. There wasn’t supposed to be this kind of strength in the late summer/early fall markets. September feeder cattle futures have been very strong hanging around the $114 level and the cash fed cattle markets gained $3 to $87.00. Again, there was a big wall of cattle that was to materialize in the late summer and early fall, which doesn’t seem to be there. I’m pretty certain that aggressive fed cattle marketings haven’t played a role because fed cattle marketings haven’t been that good. The market was also expected, by some, to
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
week. Feeders didn’t have to play the hold out game with packers as they came to the table relatively quick, moving fed prices up $2-3 to $87 live and $136 to $137 dressed. Over 150,000 head traded on Wednesday. All signals were go in the markets—lower cost feed, stronger futures markets, stronger boxed beef markets, strong slaughter—nearly every indicator suggested an improved market. Futures markets were much higher with the October live cattle reaching $86.38 and the February contract was a dime short of $90. Feeder cattle just keep getting stronger with September at $115.37, a contract high. Ann Barnhardt, an independent analyst
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
— Legislation proposed in Arizona. While most of the country was focused on the devastation Hurricane Katrina created, an Arizona animal rights group, Arizonans for Humane Farms, was busy filing proposed legislation in Arizona courts which would make many confinement farming practices illegal. The Humane Society of the U.S. and the Farm Sanctuary were also behind the proposal. The legislation will be known as the Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act. If put into effect, it will have profound implications on most hog and dairy calf raising operations in the state. Specifically, the act states “a person shall not tether or confine
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Dec 20, 2007
—Researchers able to predict gains in lambs. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are well on their way to developing a tool which livestock producers will find very useful in making every day grazing decisions. The scientists working at the Grazing lands Research Laboratory in El Reno, OK, have developed a hand-held meter which is able to instantly analyze the nutrient value of standing forage. The tool utilizes “spectral reflectance” which bounces a beam of infrared light off of standing grasses. The wavelengths of light which are reflected back to the instrument provide data which can be interpreted with a great deal


Sales Calendar


Goto live view to see the calendar
 


LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!