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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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
The Japanese Food Safety Commission (FSC) approved easing testing of cattle for BSE, bringing the country closer to resuming beef trade with the U.S. Last Thursday’s decision followed a ruling by an FSC subcommittee earlier in the week that said that excluding cattle 20 months or younger from BSE testing did not raise the risk of beef being infected with
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
The Department of Justice recently acknowledged its efforts to fix the Endangered Species Act (ESA) but said Congressional action is needed for any type of reform to occur. Tom Sansonetti, outgoing assistant attorney general for environmental matters, made these statements about the ESA in an interview aired on E&E TV’s OnPoint segment. Sansonetti
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
Bullard doesn’t speak for me! R-CALF’s hired hand, Bill Bullard, does not speak for me. I am one of those 774,630 independent U.S. cattle producers that is fed up with Bullard implying that he speaks for all U.S. cow-calf producers. Bullard’s recent WLJ article (March 28 issue) underscores a consistent theme of reckless rhetoric that
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
Producers who have cloned cows and bulls are anxiously awaiting the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement of whether to allow the meat from those animals or their offspring to enter the food chain. FDA was expected to announce that decision prior to today’s date. However, no decision has yet been reached. Linda
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
The state of Wyoming has already filed a notice of appeal against a federal judge’s order issued last week that dismissed the state’s lawsuit against the federal government over wolf management. Wyoming is also considering petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to remove gray wolves in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho from any protection
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
— Private producer files ‘friend’ brief. USDA last week filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco, CA, saying a major meatpacker organization shouldn't be granted intervener status in ongoing litigation to determine whether the ban on Canadian cattle imports is lifted. The National Meat Association (NMA) says that opinion
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 4, 2005
— Mexico working toward Canada cattle reentry. Canada last Thursday started re-allowing U.S. live cattle across the border as part of a recent agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States on North American standards for importing and exporting cattle. The standards agreement was negotiated in Mexico during recent trade meetings, and reflects guidelines
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2005
Aging beef to ensure tenderness is a common practice. But, do all cuts of beef require the same amount of aging before they are considered to be tender? This is the question Colorado State University graduate student Sandra Gruber tried to answer. With funding from checkoff dollars, Gruber was able to perform a study in which she tested 17 different steaks for an aging period ranging from two to 28 days. Using the Warner-Bratzler shear force test, Gruber evaluated the tenderness of each of the cuts at the end of those aging periods. Gruber noted that previously the beef industry has acknowledged
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2005
Hormel acquires Lloyd's BBQ Hormel Foods has purchased Lloyd's Barbeque Co. of St. Paul, MN, from General Mills, which bought the company in 1999. Lloyd's makes a full line of refrigerated barbecue products, including tubs of barbecued beef and beef back ribs. “Lloyd's brands have earned strong market share in the retail refrigerated entrée category, a business that Hormel Foods knows well," said Joel Johnson, Hormel chairman. “We believe Lloyd's will continue to flourish as part of our roster of refrigerated products.” No terms of the agreement were announced last week. Egypt lifts ban on U.S. beef Egypt has lifted its ban on
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2005
Lean manufacturing beef has never seen better times. Fresh 90-percent-lean beef found a new high recently at $157.34. The last big rally in this market was in 2003, when it touched $152.13 in July—the entire beef complex was on fire. Lean manufacturing beef is a very active market and demand for hamburger has
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2005
— Daily processing of 2,000 head desired. The Kansas-based beef processor that has been in the news for repeatedly asking USDA to allow them to test their cattle for BSE and then export the beef to overseas markets, particularly Japan, last week announced it is going to expand its operation to almost double its current capacity. In addition, the company said it plans to maintain a policy of processing only its line of “all-natural” beef once the expansion is completed. According to Creekstone Farms Premium Beef last Wednesday, it will start construction at its Arkansas City, KS, plant within one to two
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2005
Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform is being sought by lawmakers in this Congress, therefore Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) reintroduced his critical habitat bill which would improve the methods used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to designate a species’ critical habitat. Critical habitat designations, which are governed under the ESA, greatly affect ranchers and other landowners in their ability to manage private lands when an endangered species inhabits this space. The House passed identical legislation known as “The Critical Habitat Enhancement Act” last summer by a vote of 28-14. This bill, if passed by both the House and Senate,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Mar 28, 2005
— Cowherd shift possible. The U.S. government’s primary weather and climate agency recently indicated that drought conditions across the Southwest and southern Plains have mostly subsided thanks to an abnormally wet winter. However, that same organization wasn’t as positive about the northern half of the western U.S. If those weather conditions continue, cattle industry analysts have said a shift in national cattle herd distribution is likely starting this summer. In its 2005 Spring Outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said short-term drought concerns have been alleviated in a large portion of the Southwest, particularly southern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico


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