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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
When it comes to the humane treatment of animals, I don’t think there is a stockman alive that would blatantly harm their stock. Some animals need a bit more convincing than others, but that goes for people as well What to do with an animal that has lived its useful life? Our general Christian values force us to treat every person and every animal with respect, and in many cases, terminating an animal is the most respectful option available.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
— Stockdogs fill valuable roles on ranches across the globe. For centuries, stockdogs have served not only as companions to ranchers herding cattle or sheep on the desolate range where an echo travels without interruption for miles, but also as irreplaceable ranch hands. The skill, the know-how and the passion of the four-legged creatures corralling stock in the middle of the range is a fascinating partnership. The vast range provides no assistance—no fence to guide the animals, no high-tech facilities—just the rancher on horseback and the dog, working side
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
— Potential energy corridors spider across the land, but will landowners be affected? Innovative ways to effectively and economically transmit energy across the West are stirring controversy among landowners. A map was recently released, showing energy transmission routes, or corridors, across the West. Although economics is at the forefront of the decision making, and the possible establishment of a more secure and stable energy infrastructure for the U.S., the issue with landowners and ranchers is the claim that they have yet to be involved in the planning and preliminary
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
The news of Japan didn’t move the market last week and as of Thursday afternoon, trade was still at a halt, despite rumors of packers being short for the week in the north. Previous week trade occurred in the south Plains at $79-79.50. Live sales in the northern Plains traded at $80- 80.50 live basis with dressed sales at $126-127, mostly $126. Brent Snyder, market analyst for Texas Cattle Feeders Association, said the market this week was difficult to call.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
— Drought continues to push cattle to feedlots early. — Analysts say feedlots are slipping behind in marketing efforts. The July 1, cattle on feed report contained a surprise in the form of a much higher than anticipated placement number. After the unexpected drop in placements during May, it appears the placement rate has evened out and drought has continued to pushed a large number of lightweight calves into feedlots early this year.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
Transportation costs continue to skyrocket, not only for those shipping cattle across the country, but also for the general consumer. With no relief in sight, cattlemen may limit shipping cattle, and consumers are already spending less for food in an effort to cut costs. The average retail price for regular gasoline in the U.S. increased by nearly two cents last week and the trend is expected to continue. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.99 as of last Monday,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
The recent heat wave that has scorched the West is doing more damage than burning up crops and drying out stock ponds. In California last Wednesday, after almost two weeks of triple-digit temperatures, there was yet another severe weather warning, predicting temperatures between 105-115 degrees in areas of San Joaquin County, Fresno County and parts of Tulare County. Cattle across the state are being affected by the heat and San Joaquin County estimates 120 dairy cattle are dying every day. “We don’t know
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
Cattle producers across the U.S. were shocked to discover U.S. soldiers serving overseas may not be eating U.S. beef. Instead, whether to save money or for convenience, our troops are eating beef from other undisclosed sources. Lloyd B. Knight, executive vice president for Idaho Cattlemen Association (ICA) said, “One of our folks, Cevin Jones, brought the resolution to us—that troops in Iraq aren’t getting U.S. beef, that instead, the troops are getting beef or beef substitutes from the Middle East, and the Pfizer
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
— Another attempt at trade resumption energizes cattlemen. Japanese officials announced last Thursday they were satisfied with inspections of U.S. packing plants and were set to resume beef imports from animals under 20 months of age. The agreement requires all specified risk materials to be removed from beef shipped overseas. The announcement came after a month long tour of the 35 plants approved by USDA for export to Japan. Inspectors found no problems at 20 of the plants
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
Earl Adam Smith, of Antelope, OR, died Saturday, July 22. He was 88. A grave side service was held July 27, at Juniper Haven Cemetery. Smith was born March 26, 1918, in Mayville, OR, to Earl and Gladys Smith. He graduated from Condon High School and attended Oregon State University. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant during World War II. He married Ann Anderson on Aug. 30, 1946, in Vancouver, WA. A cattle rancher, Smith was appointed by three governors to the state Board of Agriculture, and he
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2006
The Doha round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting has ended in a stalemate after trade officials from the U.S., European Union, India, Japan, Brazil and Australia were unable to reach an agreement on a package of concessions. European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson was quick to point a finger at the U.S., saying negotiators had refused to produce any new proposals for slashing farm subsidies. U.S. Trade Representative Susan
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
I’d have to say at this point, the Canadian beef industry has a bit of explaining to do. They have certainly had their problems with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) lately. I hate to say it, but I’ve gathered a bit of concern over the past few BSE cases they’ve experienced. A couple of weeks ago, they found their seventh case of the brain wasting disease in a 50-month- old cow. That cow would have had her first calf after the border was
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
Blistering heat across much of the Plains and Corn Belt the last two weeks hasn’t stressed the corn crop as much as anticipated and crop conditions remain good, according to last week’s USDA crop condition report. The result of the crop report was a sell off in corn and soybeans last week as the market corrected from higher prices brought on by bearish expectations. Despite minimal change in the corn crop condition as reported by USDA, there remains concern that hot, dry
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
On July 14, Creekstone Farms filed for summary judgment in its suit against USDA in an effort to gain the right to test all of its harvested cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Now, USDA will be given until Aug. 25 to file its reply to the request for summary judgment. Russell Frye, Creekstone’s attorney, said during a press conference that the suit claims the law was not intended to prevent the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
Fed cattle trade was slow to start and the standoff was apparent with packers offering $78 against feeder offers of $83-84 live, and $130 dressed. There was some limited trade at $81-81.50 and $126-128 dressed, but not enough volume to call the market. Boxed beef cutouts have been in a tailspin the past two weeks and wholesale buying interest emerged only when prices fell to a more attractive level of $144 on Choice products. Packer margins fell into negative territory for the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
— Silent movement on bill could mean an extra 90,000 horses with undetermined futures. Horse slaughtering could be banned permanently in the U.S. in the very near future. In just two months, thousands of unwanted horses may not be shipped to slaughtering facilities. Instead, they will be kept alive, but with equine shelters at maximum capacity, unanswered questions as to who will care for and board them persist. A hearing is to take place July 25 where lawmakers will hear from both sides regarding the permanent ban on
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
Three years after the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in the U.S., provoking border closures, negotiators are still working to open trade with many international partners. Although officials are citing impressive progress, talks continue with still no solid answer as to when producers and processors can expect their product to reach many prominent international markets, including the two primary export targets, Japan and South Korea. Japan — Beef sent to Japan by mistake.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
The second module of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Learning Center was released on July 20. The new module focuses on the profit and loss opportunities surrounding the breeding process in cow herds. The module, titled Economics of Reproductive Efficiency, is a self-paced Web-based informational program developed through a joint effort between Pfizer Animal Health and NCBA. According to Renee Lloyd, director of production systems for NCBA, the program is designed to reach out to cattle producers who may not have
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
Benjamin G. Hofeldt, 82, died of natural causes at his ranch south of Chinook, MT, on July 2, 2006. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 15. Ben was born on Dec. 17, 1923, to Henry and Alvina (Struve) Hofeldt in Chinook, MT. He was rai/.sed on the family ranch, along with four brothers and two sisters. He attended grade school in the Bear Paw Mountains and graduated from Chinook High School. After leaving high school, Ben came back to the mountains to
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
— House companion bill has 174 co-sponsors. After much lobbying by industry trade groups, the U.S. Senate last week introduced bipartisan legislation that would exempt animal waste from Superfund regulations. Attempts by some states to regulate manure under the same regulations which govern pollutants produced by other industries has led to the push for the legislation. The Senate version of the bill (S. 3681) will, if passed, exempt manure from the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability