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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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
During a conference call held by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns last Thursday, USDA announced a new bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance program that essentially scales back the existing one. Johanns said after testing 759,000 animals in the U.S., which translates into approximately 1,000 head per day, he is confident the U.S. “has no BSE problem and never did.” During the call, Johanns, as well as Ron DeHaven, administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said they were not only going to scale back BSE surveillance in the U.S. but also expressed confidence
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 24, 2006
The U.S. House Resources Committee last week approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, which will create 492 square miles of federal land in central Idaho as protected wilderness while conveying other public land to the state and local governments. Lloyd Knight, executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association, said the group is still opposed to the legislation. “We are concerned about the addition of more wilderness
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
Anthrax has familiarized itself to cattle producers across the globe over the last several years, being feared as a costly threat to the industry. State veterinarians from virtually every region have warned producers of the danger, advocating vaccination, however, many still neglect to do so. Officials say vaccination too often comes after an “outbreak.”   For example, the most recent outbreak taking place in Canada, responsible for approximately 65 deaths, has since provoked massive vaccinations, but too late for many. Officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have quarantined 27 Saskatchewan farms as of last
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
I had the opportunity to spend last week in Reno, NV, to attend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) mid-year meeting, and R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America regional meeting, and the Western Video Market’s (WVM) big video auction. I have to say it was a very busy week and one that left me with a very positive outlook on both where the industry stands today and where it is headed in the future.   The mood at all three meetings was very upbeat. It was, in large part, a result of the current cattle markets
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
After confirmation of Canada’s sixth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the Manitoba province was announced on July 4, trade suffered little to no impact and the issue was essentially swept under the rug.   Now the danger of BSE in Canadian cattle is once again being discussed, but so far, there is no market impact or heightened fear among consumers. The conversation, however, is provoked by Canada’s confirmed seventh case being examined. The new case of BSE was discovered in Alberta early last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said. The 4-year-old dairy
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
In 30 days, the new grazing rule published in the Federal Register last Wednesday will go into effect. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published the new grazing regulations, referred to as the final rule, in response to pressures generated from lawsuits and criticisms from environmentalist groups, as well as the general public.   The rule impacts 160,000,000 acres of public lands grazing, which translates into an impact on roughly 15,000 producers and several thousand head of livestock. Officials at BLM said the final regulations were developed with extensive public input and supported by a
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
Landowners along state Highway 66 east of Ashland, OR, have joined forces to petition for a closed range livestock district, putting more than 4,400 acres off-limits to cattle grazing, expanding the Greensprings Livestock District. Under Oregon law, landowners can ask the county government to designate or expand a livestock district and county officials say they have little choice but do so if the petitions are in order.   “What’s happening here is the environmental community has learned they can take the law and create herd districts, taking a minimum of 2,000 acres, petitioning the county, collecting
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) held its annual summer meeting in Reno, NV, last week. During the first general session last Tuesday, Randy Blach of Cattle-Fax provided his much anticipated market outlook for the second half of 2006. Overall, Blach said he sees good things for the market between now and the end of the fourth quarter. He believes the industry has already seen the summer low at the $78 level, so long as a few wildcard factors don’t intervene.   The strength in prices has helped to bolster support for the fed cattle
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
After being introduced nearly 10 years ago, the attempt to repeal the ban on shipments of interstate meat is once again being moved through Congress. A broad-based coalition of agricultural organizations and associations are advocating the repeal, supporting the legislative pushers on the bill. Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, Kent Conrad, D-ND and Herb Kohl, D-WI, introduced the legislation in mid-June.   The National Farmers Union has rallied support in favor of the repeal. “Inadequate market competition is one of the most pressing issues facing local producers and is a major reason so many family farmers and
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
Welcome rains let up just a bit for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) Sunset BBQ at the Rocks, July 8 at the Sinclaire-Brooks Ranch near Sedalia, CO. This event featured a great barbeque dinner, followed by auctions to raise funds to benefit CCALT’s efforts to use conservation easements to help protect Colorado’s ranches and farms.   Hosted by Bill and Joanne Sinclaire, the attendance was good. Preceding the dinner for some 150 people, there was a silent auction of various items and after dinner, an auction that raised as much as $28,000 for use
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
Tyson Foods last week announced a larger than expected cost-cutting plan aimed at returning the world’s largest meat processor to profitability amid volatile market and regulatory conditions. The leader in meat processing said last Thursday it will cut 420 jobs and eliminate 430 open positions by the end of the year as part of an effort to save $200 million. Tyson and other meat producers have been suffering from a drop in demand for poultry and other meat due to avian flu concerns and other factors, leading to a glut of product in the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 17, 2006
Cattlemen in New Mexico and Arizona can breathe a little easier after two wolves preying on cattle were “lethally removed” from the area. After a total of five cows had been killed by wolves, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) acted on July 6, shooting and killing a female Mexican gray wolf. This female was the last surviving member of the Nantac Pack which had been transferred to the Gila National Forest of New Mexico in April. The wolf’s mate has been lethally removed on June 18.   A member of the Mexican Wolf
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2006
In light of recent legislation in both the House and the Senate proposing to ban antibiotics from livestock feed, some say beef will not be any safer with such measures imposed, according to an Institute of Food Technologists’ study released last week. Chicago Tribune reported the study, conducted by the panel of food scientists and microbiologists, was provoked by marketing campaigns during the past decade by organic food advocates who have suggested there is an overuse of antibiotics making the food less safe for human consumption. The claims stated in the proposed legislation cite
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2006
Animal health officials confirmed last Tuesday that a beef cow in Manitoba’s Interlake region tested positive for the province’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) since their first case turned up in Alberta three years ago. The 15-year-old crossbred cow was born before 1997 when the feed ban was imposed in Canada, which has lessened concerns of animal health officials. Samples of the dead cow were sent to the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg for more tests, but officials are confident a positive result will officially confirm the infection.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2006
— Chinese officials agree to boneless beef imports. The Chinese ministry of Agriculture said on June 29, it would begin conditional beef trade with the U.S. According to Chinese officials, boneless beef imports from cattle under 30 months of age will be allowed into the country. “The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine will issue and implement the specific requirements for inspecting (U.S. beef) imports,” said a notice from the Agriculture Ministry.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2006
The cattle industry is in a remarkable situation; beef demand this summer has been awesome. It would appear consumers want their beef and price hasn’t been much of an issue. High fuel costs, though, keep consumers away from the meat case because it’s disposable income that buys beef. Given choices, people want to eat beef. It’s really that simple. The cattle markets have been a nice surprise this summer. Roughly 90 days ago, all the market analysts were telling us we were going
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jul 10, 2006
The USDA’s June Acreage and Grain Stocks report gave a boost to the grain market last week. However, dry conditions in areas of the Corn belt, particularly the west and southern edges, are causing increased concern about this year’s crop yields. The total number of acres planted increased from the March planting intentions report. The number of acres planted is estimated at 79.4 million acres, approximately 3 percent more than indicated by the March report but below expectations. In total, this year’s planted


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