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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
The permanent repeal of the death tax passed its first hurdle last week when the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a measure of 272-162 in favor of the repeal. Agriculture industry groups were pleased with this passage and are optimistic that the Senate will follow suit. The House bill (H.R. 8) and Senate bill (S. 420) are identical versions
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
Keep border closed Dear Pete: First let me introduce myself. I am a past president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association—two years. A past member of the Public Lands Council—five years. Twenty-six years as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. I am acquainted with Dick and Barbara, also knew Nelson Crow.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
Henry Albert Bledsoe Henry A. Bledsoe passed away April 3, at the Wray Community District Hospital. He was 84. Henry was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Plainview, TX, the only son of Daisy Smith and Henry Bledsoe. The family owned ranches at Mule Shoe, TX, but because the nearest hospital
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
Agriculture industry leaders, together with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, rallied for the passage of the U.S. Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). A coalition of more than 55 organizations, representing the full spectrum of ag products, from meats to grains to specialty crops, are strongly committed to passage of this
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
Utah State University bioengineers are directing a program designed to develop a device that will be able to detect abnormally shaped proteins that are responsible for prion diseases, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Most recently the expected two-year projected, expected to be fully underway in May, was granted $200,000 by USDA. The University
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
Rumors spread through the beef industry last week that R-CALF USA was considering a class action lawsuit against USDA for denying producers overseas sales by not allowing voluntary testing for BSE. USDA denied the first request for 100 percent BSE testing made by Creekstone Farms approximately one year ago, saying testing all ages of cattle is not scientifically
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
Electric wire is a popular fencing material for livestock because it is less labor intensive to install and because it can be taken down and moved easily compared to other fencing materials. However, producers need to be aware that livestock, particularly cattle, need to be trained to respect it before it is helpful in keeping animals where they are supposed to stay. According to extension livestock specialists, the ideal training area for getting livestock used to electric fencing is a small paddock or pasture area. Keeping the area small will reduce the time it takes animals to
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
Texas livestock health officials will randomly select nearly 2,000 of the state’s purebred or seed stock beef herds for cattle tuberculosis (TB) testing this summer, to fulfill disease surveillance obligations of the Texas Cattle TB plan. The blueprint for regaining Texas’ TB-free status was developed in 2002 by cattle industry representatives, with a
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 18, 2005
Canada's food and feed-processing industries will need to take a proactive approach to the issue of traceability as consumers become more concerned about the safety and quality of what they are eating, according to presentations Tuesday at the Canada Grains Council 36th annual meeting. Delegates at the meeting were told that although agriculture is barely
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 11, 2005
A reply brief was filed by the National Meat Association (NMA) last Monday with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the continuing battle over whether to allow imports of younger Canadian cattle. The brief not only sought the higher court= s intervention in allowing this organization to be an intervener in the case of R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 11, 2005
A large group of Canadian cattle producers plans to file a federal class action lawsuit in the United States against R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) and its efforts to keep the U.S. border closed to Canadian cattle and beef. According to Winnipeg cattle rancher John Morrison, founder of Fair Market Beef, as of last
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 11, 2005
It= s quite a contrast when you consider that the sheep industry just re-approved their promotion checkoff program by an 80-20 percent margin. In the beef industry the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision very soon that could overturn the beef checkoff by finding it unconstitutionalC essentially killing it. I= m relatively
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 11, 2005
R-CALF= s position is rife with hypocrisy Dear Editor: A group of protectionist, anti-free-trade ranchers known as R-CALF has pulled the wool over our eyes. They= ve convinced a Federal District Court judge in Montana that they know more than the best scientific minds around the world on how to protect the U.S. against
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 11, 2005
Faced with the possibility of losing approximately 83,000 animal unit months from grazing permits on 11 national forests in California, officials with the California Cattlemen= s Association (CCA) recently announced plans to file for intervener status in a court case challenging revisions to federal grazing policy. In February, California Attorney General
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
Yum! raises earnings view Yum! Brands Inc., the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, recently raised its first-quarter earnings outlook slightly due to strong sales. First-quarter sales at Yum! Brands restaurants rose four percent in the U.S. The Louisville, KY-based restaurant operator said it expects first-quarter earnings of 51 cents to 52
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
In a market normally controlled by supply fluctuations, demand issues are expected to dominate the slaughter-cattle market over the next quarter, agricultural economists and market analysts said. Some narrow that down further and say export demand is likely to be the overriding force that shapes cattle markets for the next three months. The reason
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
I found it interesting to watch USDA officials backpedaling last week when an announcement regarding the pending reopening of a Pacific Rim country’s trade border surfaced. Previously, USDA officials have announced apparent trade resolutions prematurely and were called on the carpet for doing so by the government for the country that was supposedly
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
— Northern cattle up $4-5; southern trade slow going. Light to moderate trade happened in northern feeding areas last Wednesday at prices $4-5 higher than the majority of trade the previous week, while southern cattle feeders were still waiting on packers to come in at prices $2-3 stronger as of press time last Thursday.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
— High-moisture versus dry-rolled corn. — Performance changes noted, but not notable. Public complaints of offensive odors coming from large-scale livestock facilities, particularly cattle feedlots, have increased significantly in volume over the past couple of decades and in many cases have resulted in litigation. However, research has shown that changing the feed ration


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