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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 19, 2007
Competition for cost-effective livestock feed is forecasted to stay strong, keeping prices high through at least the next marketing year. Feeding corn or soybean meal comes with a high price tag these days, and hay has been no different. The Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) recently released data showing that buyers have paid an average price of $130 for all hay nationwide during the current hay crop marketing year (2007-2008), with the average price for all alfalfa hay forecasted at $135. LMIC reports indicate hay production has steadily declined over recent years, with U.S. hay production in 2006 being at the lowest
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 19, 2007
Most livestock economists would agree that the opportunities available for stocker operators these days are good ones, while many note that a cost-effective feed source is the number one factor in determining the potential profitability of purchasing stocker cattle, not the cattle market itself. With corn and hay prices tight, avoiding supplemental feed is necessary for most farmers and ranchers to turn a profit, which means turning to cheap pasture alternatives for finding good returns in today’s feeder cattle market. Winter rye grazing could be one of those opportunities. High wheat prices have made wheat grazing opportunities few and far between as
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 19, 2007
Menu items for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings will cost more this year, but remain affordable, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). According to AFBF’s 22nd annual informal survey of the prices of basic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table, the average cost of this year’s dinner for 10 is $42.26, a $4.16 price increase from last year’s average of $38.10. “Americans are blessed to have an abundant variety of home-grown food that is produced with pride by our hardworking farmers and ranchers,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “During
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
A Share of data Anyone with siblings can recall all the ways they were taught to share. With bunk beds and half the closet space, maybe you had double-occupancy bedrooms. As children, you had to let cousins or friends play with your favorite truck, Barbie or basketball. Remember having to divvy up your Halloween candy so each family member got the same amount? If you didn’t learn it in your younger years, growing up and getting married certainly teaches some lessons in sharing. There are the joint bank accounts, household chores and personal memories. Maturity helps you discover the many benefits that
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
Round two We knew it was going to happen. R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America filed their suit for an injunction on over-30-month (OTM) cattle and beef imports from Canada two weeks ago. USDA published the rule roughly 50 days ago and set Nov. 19 as the start of OTM trade. The complaint filed by R-CALF and a few individuals, along with several consumer groups, read almost exactly like the last injunction they filed, which lost three or four times in various federal courts. I really can’t remember how many anymore, but it looked like the same old deal. The few differences included
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
—Ranchers turn out in opposition to governor’s brucellosis management idea. On a six-to-one vote last week, the Montana Board of Livestock halted a plan presented by Gov. Brian Schweitzer to create a split-state status for brucellosis management. The plan would have created a disease management zone around Yellowstone National Park, where elk and bison have transmitted the disease to cattle, while allowing the remainder of the state to claim disease-free status; however, ranchers and Montana Stockgrower’s Association (MSGA) officials said the plan was premature. Following the discovery of an infected herd of cattle in Bridger, MT, in May, officials with USDA’s Animal
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
Darrell Wood of Pete’s Creek Partnership, one of the founding ranches of Panorama Meats, Inc., the Angus grass-fed beef company based in Vina, CA, last week received one of three 2006 National Wetlands Conservation Awards from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Department of the Interior. Wood received the award at a ceremony in Oklahoma City, OK, for his management of the Pete’s Creek Wetland and Riparian Restoration Project on 1,262 acres of the partnership’s ranch located in Lassen County just north of Susanville, CA. This land was also certified as organic grazing land for Panorama Grass-Fed Beef cattle
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed removing the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection in Wyoming but continuing protection for the mouse in Colorado as a threatened subspecies. The new plan would replace a 2005 proposal to delist the mouse across its entire range. Earlier this year, FWS Director Dale Hall ordered the review of eight endangered species—including the Preble’s mouse—decisions involving former deputy assistant secretary Julie MacDonald. Those decisions included the 2005 proposal to lift protection for the Preble’s mouse. The ruling came after MacDonald resigned following criticism by the department’s inspector general
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
Fall is well underway and winter has even begun for producers in most northern areas of the U.S., but as light frosts persist in more southerly areas, ranchers should maintain caution and be wary of placing cattle on sorghum-type feed. Grain sorghum and Sudan grasses are prone to accumulate prussic acid when stressed, such as during periods of drought or freezing temperatures. Even a series of light frosts is not enough to totally kill a sorghum plant, which may continue to make attempts at regrowth until well after a killing freeze. This time before a killing freeze should concern cattlemen the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
As expected, R-CALF United Stockgrower’s of America filed for a preliminary injunction to prevent trade in over-30-month (OTM) cattle last week. Along with 10 co-plaintiffs, the group submitted a 27-page brief to the U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota Northern Division, in an effort to buy time for their lawsuit and efforts in Congress to prevent USDA from opening the border to expanded beef trade. USDA published the regulation known as Rule 2 in mid-September and set Nov. 19 as the day trade would be allowed to resume for live cattle born after March 1, 1999, and beef from animals
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
The term “evolution” must be used loosely since the history of Centralized Ultrasound Processing (CUP) only dates back about a decade. However, drastic changes have occurred in how cattle producers in all aspects of the beef cattle industry use carcass ultrasound data. This short history lesson will not only explain the trends, but also define why guidelines and rules were established for breeding programs. In 1998, much of the initial research that garnered carcass ultrasound as we know it today was already completed. Diving into the research behind ultrasound could take another issue of Carcass Ultrasound 101 in itself. Nevertheless, a
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 12, 2007
The future of the 2007 Farm Bill recently came into question after acting Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner issued remarks which threaten numerous provisions of the Senate Farm Bill as they are currently written. Conner stated that the Bush administration’s policies are in opposition to the bulk of the new proposals in the Senate’s version of the bill and that if the bill were placed in front of President Bush in its current form, it would be vetoed. In addition to tax and budgetary concerns, Conner stated that the administration is opposed to specific provisions within the bill itself, such as
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 5, 2007
Prices for fed cattle will go up slightly in 2008, according to the prognosis offered at the 2007 Texas Cattle Feeders Association Annual Convention by Randy Blach, executive vice president of Cattle-Fax. Blach predicted the 2008 average price would be around $92 to $94 per cwt. “I don’t think you should be surprised if we sell cattle into the low dollar area into the spring and when we’re in our biggest supplies, we may very well be trading cattle in the mid-to-upper 80s. “With feeder cattle and calf prices, they’re likely to stay close to the same levels they’ve been at
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 5, 2007
Tides are shifting in some areas of the western U.S. and groups which 10 years ago would have condemned livestock grazing on ecologically-sensitive areas are beginning to see the advantages of coexisting with ranchers and their livestock. In addition to fire, livestock are perhaps the most important tool available for regenerating rangelands and cleaning out invasive species. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MPR) is an example of a conservation group which has recently begun to perceive the benefits of cooperation with ranchers, as they endeavor to return the lands they manage back to native grasses and improve the health of
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 5, 2007
Larry and Jean Croissant were honored by their peers by earning the Red Angus Association of America’s (RAAA) Breeder of the Year Award. The Croissants received the award at the 2007 National RAAA Convention held in Dodge City, KS, Sept. 26-29 at the historic Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center. They were presented the award by Donnell and Kelli Brown, RA Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, TX, long time friends, customers and one of the industry’s largest seedstock producers. Croissant Red Angus is a family owned and operated seedstock operation located in Briggsdale, CO. Larry and Jean, along with their son-in-law
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 5, 2007
Quietly making noise A couple weeks ago, we received a news release saying USDA had purchased 1.3 million radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. At first this seemed a bit peculiar since USDA had already said the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) would be voluntary, a decision which was certain to kill the nationwide program. Several months ago, USDA Undersecretary Bruce Knight paid us a visit and told us the agency was going to lay off the ID program and quietly resurrect it when the industry was more understanding of the issue. As many of you know, animal ID is still a fairly
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 5, 2007
The Sept. 29 recall issued by Topps Meat Company due to contamination by Escherichia Coli O157:H7 (E. coli) has recently been traced by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to beef sourced from a now-defunct processor in Canada. Rancher’s Beef Ltd. of Balzac, Alberta, had announced earlier this summer that it would permanently shut its doors and cease production, citing export and labor issues as the major reasons behind the plant closure. The facility, located near Calgary, was initially met with excitement when it opened soon after the U.S. border closure due to bovine spongiform encephalopathy concerns. The Canadian livestock industry had
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 5, 2007
—Late week fed cattle trade expected steady to lower. Fed cattle trade was once again a late week affair last week, with very little trade occurring in the major cattle feeding areas. Analysts last week said they expected trade steady to weaker than the prior week’s level. The last established market was Oct. 26, with live cattle trading in a range of $92-93.50, with the exception of Iowa/Minnesota, where live sales traded from $90-91. Prior week dressed sales in the northern tier ranged from $139-143. Dressed sales in Kansas sold at $146.50. The current drive for packers to obtain fed cattle
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 5, 2007
Look before you leap Why would anyone want to invest in beef processing? Do they have any idea how much money it takes to get established? I’ve asked myself these questions many times in the last few years as I’ve watched new entrants to the business come and go. I have no answer to the first question, but 21 years of observing the packing industry on a daily basis has helped me see a couple of patterns. First, most people outside the business have no idea how competitive it is. Second, some people think a new venture will succeed because it is
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Nov 5, 2007
Cull cows represent approximately 20 percent of the gross income of any commercial cow operation. Cull beef cows represent 10 percent of the beef that is consumed in the U.S. Therefore, Oklahoma ranchers need to make certain that cow culling is done properly and profitably. Selling cull cows when they will return the most income to the rancher requires knowledge about cull cow health and body condition. Proper cow culling will reduce the chance that a cow carcass is condemned at the packing plant and becomes a money drain for the entire beef industry. At cow culling time, producers often


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