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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Producer support for the $1-per-head beef checkoff program is at a 10-year high, with 73 percent of beef producers voicing approval of the Beef Checkoff Program in a January 2005 survey. That’s up from 70 percent in July 2004. Cattlemen’s Beef Board Chairman Nelson Curry told Cattle Industry Annual Convention participants that the new data shows a level of support for the beef checkoff that is unmatched since the early 90s, when approval levels were in the low 80-percent range. The new research further indicates that only 18 percent of cattlemen disapprove of the checkoff, while 9 percent are undecided or
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
The last day of the Cattle Industry Annual Convention, hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and American National CattleWomen (ANCW), had me originally scratching my head in disbelief as NCBA policy on reestablishing live cattle trade with Canada was passed by the board of directors and general membership without any debate whatsoever. However, an incident while waiting for the airplane ride home the next day helped open my eyes. What went on in San Antonio, TX, I realized, shouldn’t be criticized but applauded because the nation’s cow/calf producers and cattle feeders finally had their concerns
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
The past several years a growing portion of U.S. ranch transactions have been done utilizing Section 1031 language in the U.S. tax code. Several sources have indicated that nationally between 35-45 percent of ranch purchases have been done via Section 1031 Exchange rules, and several brokers and Realtors have indicated they think that trend could grow even more, perhaps above 50 percent over the next few years. In a typical transaction, the property owner is taxed on any gain realized from the sale. However, through a Section 1031 Exchange, the tax on the gain is deferred until some future date. Section 1031
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Ethanol production is now a major consumer of U.S. corn supplies, helping to eat away at a record large crop, but the hopes of some bullish market watchers that this will lift corn prices in the long run might go up in smoke. Although more corn is being used to make the fuel, one ethanol byproduct called distillers dried grain (DDG) will eventually compete with corn and soymeal in the nation's livestock feed rations, some market watchers believe. This development could ultimately change the feed demand outlook for corn and soymeal. Because of the largest harvest corn crop in U.S. history—11.807 billion bushels
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
The National Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) has been put on by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) for the last 14 years, and for the first time in program history the award recipient is from the eastern third of the country. Frank “Sonny” W. Williamson Jr. and Frank “Wes” Williamson III of Williamson Cattle Company, Okeechobee, FL, and Faunsdale, AL, were selected as the national winners of the 2004 ESAP contest. That announcement was made Thursday, Feb. 3, during the annual Cattle Industry Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX. ESAP recognizes cattle producers across the nation, whose stewardship practices are progressive,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Livestock rendering plants have been the subject of numerous court cases and citizen complaints for a decade or longer. However, a proposal before the Georgia state Senate would prevent neighbors from suing the facitilities for being a “nuisance.” State law currently protects farms and livestock ranches from being sued by neighbors for bad smells, loud noise and other activity that could disturb them. But, most recently state Sen. Casey Cagle, R-Gainesville, proposed giving rendering plants the same protections. Cagle, whose hometown is one of the nation’s leading poultry producers, said the plants should already be protected under the law and his bill
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
How do you decide which Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to buy for agricultural GPS applications? There are several companies selling GPS receivers and most have several models. One way to help sort through the many selections is to keep in mind the intended uses for the system. The most common farm use is equipment guidance, but there are other GPS applications, such as yield monitoring, variable rate crop input applications, marking field boundaries and identifying soil test locations. Each application requires certain features, so if you intend to use a GPS receiver for more than one purpose, it is important to
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
The first conservation easement in the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) was recently completed. This easement marks the beginning of a valuable governmental program that protects acreage from development and ensures it will remain in agricultural use. “Our nation’s grasslands provide significant economic and ecological benefits and play a key role in environmental quality,” said former Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman. “This program helps conserve grasslands and helps maintain viable ranching and farming operations. This easement provides permanent protection for the property’s ranching operation from conversion to non-grassland uses.” Since the process of approving acreage for a conservation easement and the GRP takes
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
IMI Global Inc. has just been approved as a USDA Process Verified Company, a status obtained by only a few companies. The following IMI Global products have been approved: BeefPassport Online, BeefPassport Chuteside, BeefPassport WebIntegrator and USVERIFIED. With these USDA approved products, IMI Services can provide 100 percent lifetime traceability of an animal, meet the data capture and analysis needs of an organization interested in individual animal data, and capture and store a unique individual animal number as well as source/premise information. The BeefPassport Product Suite captures several important data fields, including animal birthdate and individual animal identification while providing a mechanism for
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Feb. 4 confirmed Japan’s first case of the human form of BSE, variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob, in a Japanese man who died in December, according to Kyodo. The ministry suspects the patient in his 50s was infected with the disease in Britain where he had stayed, though only for about a month, in 1989 while the country was in the midst of an outbreak of the disease. But the ministry said the case will not affect Japan’s safety measures against mad-cow disease and negotiations over resuming U.S. beef imports, with an official saying, “The current safety
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Enforcement action by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has actually increased in recent months in the farming and livestock field. I know personally because of some clients who have informed me. One of the principal problems with getting audited is that the IRS considers losses to be a red flag for the idea that you are operating a hobby rather than a business in the livestock industry. For livestock owners who do not have two profit years in a five year period, the IRS is still going to want to take a look at your activity sooner or later. An opportunity
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
The 15 newly appointed members of the Beef Industry Long Range Planning Group were announced in San Antonio, TX, last week during the meetings of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and the Board of Directors of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The Beef Industry Long Range Plan has been a road map for increasing beef demand and enhancing the business climate for cattle and beef. “The current plan was adopted in 2001 and played an important roll in helping the beef industry increase demand an amazing 25 percent since 1998,” said Nelson Curry, 2004 CBB chairman from Paris, KY. The group,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Merial and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. announced a co-marketing agreement for the MERIAL SUREHEALTH calf-preconditioning program that the companies hope will create a more robust offering of eligible products. The SUREHEALTH program features management practices that add value to feeder calves throughout the production chain. “Our goal is to offer the best combination of health protocols and products inside a comprehensive calf-preconditioning program,” says Jim Van Proosdy, Merial senior director of large animal sales. “By combining the product lines of two reputable animal health companies with a set of proven preconditioning protocols developed by the beef industry, we believe that we’re
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
— New Mexico group granted reaffiliation. While BSE and ongoing trade battles with Canada and Japan took a lot of focus of NCBA members during the group’s annual meeting Feb. 1-5 in San Antonio, TX, several other policy objectives were passed on other situations important to U.S. cattle producers. On the marketing side, NCBA members passed policy that still calls for a more producer friendly, voluntary country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) law. Specifically, NCBA members have asked for self certification of origin for livestock producers; protection of personal records; simpler, easier-to-understand COOL retail labels; and tempering of penalties during implementation. Under a similar subject matter,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
— Ban on 30-month-plus cattle asked for. — Japan trade contingency also requested. Despite hearing new information from a recently commissioned trade team to Canada, members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) preliminarily passed a policy supporting reentry of Canadian live cattle and an expanded category of Canadian beef into the U.S. starting March 7, but only after USDA agrees to 11 conditions. Under the policy directive, NCBA members asked Washington, DC, lobbyists to tell USDA to open the border to additional Canadian beef and live cattle only if the 11 stipulations were met. Those requirements are: • Prohibit the importation of cattle
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
New Mexico State University announced changes recently in its long running beef quality assurance (BQA) certification program, offering the training for beef and dairy producers online for the first time. “This definitely increases accessibility to the program,” said Clay Mathis, an NMSU Extension livestock specialist. “By putting this program online, our hope is to get many more people educated on the importance of becoming beef quality assurance trained or certified producers.” In the past the growers had to attend the voluntary two- to three-hour classes in person, then take a test, he said. Now, producers can log on from home or at
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Willard R. Sparks Willard R. Sparks, a leading professional agricultural economist, successful businessman and commodities trader, died Jan. 30 of throat cancer at his home in Memphis, TN. He was 68. Sparks was widely known for starting the agricultural consulting firm Sparks Cos. Inc., now known as Informa Economics, whose customers included multinationals such as Cargill, General Mills, Quaker and Ralston Purina. His company's daily commodity briefings, market analyses and research studies were among the industry's most widely read. He sold the company to Informa Economics in December 2003. Thomas M. Shuff, an independent broker at the Chicago Board of Trade who worked with
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
According to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), the group in charge of administering the nationwide beef checkoff program, foodservice restaurant chains have kicked in $68 for every checkoff dollar invested in recent foodservice/checkoff partnerships. That data was unveiled during the annual cattle industry convention, held Feb. 1-5 in San Antonio, TX. CBB cited just over 20 promotions with national foodservice chains over the past three years that have helped extend the consumer message about beef and resulted in more beef items on restaurant menus. CBB statistics said that between 2002 and 2004, foodservice partners invested approximately $95.7 million in promotions of
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
BioIngenutiy unveiled Dr. A. Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., known throughout the world as an animal production nutritionist and technical marketing director, has launched BioIngenuity LLC, an animal nutrition and health products management and consulting business. BioIngenuity LLC is designed to assist companies in the areas of research management, product development and strategic planning to bring new livestock production products to market. BioIngenuity LLC can be reached by calling 952/474-4187, www.bioingenuity.com or bjohnson@bioingenuity.com. New roto-spreader trailer mount Today’s new nutrient management regulations require precise application of all waste disposal. The Roto-Spread 362-12 offers complete control with variable hydraulic flow controls. Features include a high-density polyethylene
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is proposing a national animal identification system that would enhance animal health surveillance and give the agriculture industry oversight for the system.“The proposal gives cattlemen one more tool to control their own destinies,” said Allen Bright, cattle producer from Ellsworth, NE, and chairman of NCBA’s Animal ID Commission. “It would provide a reasonable timeline for creating a private system and go a long way toward resolving concerns about confidentiality.” NCBA approved the plan during the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX. It must still be approved in the coming weeks by members voting
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