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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
Socorro County, New Mexico, 4-H members are lending a hand with an innovative project to furnish water for livestock and wildlife. The project, at a silt-filled earthen water tank at the Ligon Ranch, is a chance for 4-H and FFA members and other students at nearby Socorro High School to learn about topics ranging from wildlife habitats to sophisticated global positioning system (GPS) equipment. For sophomore Jacob Finch, it’s a chance to add to his knowledge of range plants. Finch already has some expertise as he took second place last summer in range management competition at the State 4-H Conference at New
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
Beef producers have a lot to be thankful for as the industry turns its back on one of the most momentous years in its history. Most importantly, there have been no more BSE cases discovered in the U.S. since the first case was announced on Dec. 23, 2003. That is despite a significant ramp-up in BSE testing by USDA. Since it began its enhanced surveillance testing on June 1, it had tested just under 153,000 samples by Dec. 22 and found no more positives. The testing reinforces USDA’s and industry’s view that BSE is not prevalent in the U.S. In fact,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
The voting period for the lamb referendum will be Jan. 31 through Feb. 28, according to the notice published in the Dec. 27 issue of the Federal Register. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) also announced the final referendum rules under the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order, more commonly known as the American Lamb Board or Lamb Checkoff Program. “We are pleased that the voting period has been scheduled. The effort that countless individuals and USDA have generated to get to this point is incredible,” said Spence Rule, chairman of the American Lamb Board. The referendum will be conducted at USDA's
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
As 2005 starts up, real estate brokers across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona indicated they are busy helping prospective ranch buyers look for properties to purchase, however, they are having difficulty locating extremely large ranches, which are in highest demand. “We just can’t find tracts big enough right now for our clients,” said Nancy Wendland, Wendland & Associates, Kerrville, TX. “When I say big, I mean big. Five thousand acres are small ranch properties in this area right now, and aren’t big enough for most interested ranch buyers.” She said that 20,000-acre ranches are about the smallest that out-of-area ranchers
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
Most cattle cycles last 10 years, but the current cycle has lasted 14 years. Why is this cycle longer than normal? What will the next cycle look like? Cattle cycles have been measured for more than 100 years. There are actually three components to a cycle—the cattle inventory, beef production and the cattle price cycle. Cattle inventory cycles experience periods of increasing numbers called accumulation phases and periods of decreasing numbers called liquidation phases. Beef production cycles lag inventory cycles by about a year because, to liquidate numbers, more cattle must be slaughtered. To accumulate numbers, fewer cattle are slaughtered. Price cycles are
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
USDA last week was sued by a packer organization because last week’s announcement reopening the U.S. border to some Canadian slaughter cattle starting in early March did not include cattle, specifically cows, over the age of 30 months. According to the American Meat Institute (AMI), continuing to enforce a ban on importing older cattle is “arbitrary and capricious,”and has no legal or scientific justification. Last Thursday’s filing of the suit came a day after USDA announced a new rule affecting beef and cattle imports from Canada. A full ban on Canadian live cattle and bone-in beef dates back to May 2003,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
New West Nile virus treatment Colorado Serum Company recently introduced its West Nile Virus Antibody, Equine Origin, for use in controlling West Nile Virus (WNV) in horses. It is recommended that veterinarians use the West Nile Virus Antibody when the disease is detected in an unvaccinated horse or a vaccinated horse that has contracted the disease. Administered intravenously, West Nile Virus Antibody will enhance an animal’s ability to fight the virus by neutralizing it, and aid in the overall treatment. Unlike other WNV antibody treatments, this product is concentrated, purified and ready to use straight from the bottle—offering veterinarians an easy
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
— Online purchases to remain slow. Ranch real estate brokers and estate auction companies are indicating that online bidding for extensive ranch and recreational properties has grown by leaps and bounds. In fact, several sources said they wouldn’t be surprised if 50 percent of interested investors would choose to bid via the Internet or other electronic avenues by the end of 2005. “That doesn’t mean that half of all ranch auction acquisitions would be made through online bidding, but it does mean a lot more bidding competition would come from prospective buyers unable to attend a one-day auction or if an auction
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
Fed beef trade was slow and cautious last week. Cattle feeders appeared to think they were in the driver’s seat and were wanting to make packers pay more for their slaughter needs than the week previous. However, as of Thursday at noon, packers were not coming to the table with more than $90 per cwt. In fact, most bids were $88-89 across the country. For the week, as of press time Thursday, 10-12,000 head of cattle traded in northern feeding areas at mostly $139 dressed, while Texas sellers had moved only 2-3,000 head at $88 live. Most trade during the week leading
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
U.S. retail grocers appear to be planning for a return to beef featuring in early January, said market analysts and meat buyers who based their opinions on wholesale buying patterns and live cattle and hog markets. After pushing pork and turkey hard for two months, many retailers typically like to go back with a beef ad in January, analysts and buyers said. Specific products tend to be different than they would be in the spring or summer, but it's still beef. Retail grocery advertising circulars in the coming weeks are likely to focus on a mix of products with no real feature
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
The state is proposing to vaccinate bison that stray from Yellowstone National Park, a move intended to help prevent the spread of disease to Montana cattle. But some activists oppose the Livestock Department’s plan, questioning the vaccine’s efficacy. The debate heats up each winter, when some Yellowstone bison wander off in search of food. Ranchers in Montana worry the animals will transmit brucellosis, a disease that can cause cattle to abort their pregnancies. Activists contend the fear is unjustified. “Why throw taxpayer money down the drain to keep a handful of ranchers happy?” said Mike Mease of the Buffalo Field Campaign. Steve Pilcher, executive
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
Real estate specialists are predicting that 2005 will continue to be strong and steady for farm and ranch land sales in the southern parts of the U.S. They attribute this continuance to the scarcity of land in these states. Richard Johnson, an associate broker with Arizona-based Tucson Realty & Trust Co., said that agriculture lands are still escalating for two reasons. One is because cattle prices are remaining high and the second is because developers are actively pursuing land for open space and home building. Johnson cited a run on property along interstate 10 between Tucson and Pheonix and said that
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
Ewe lamb applications due USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) posted the Final Rule for the 2004 Ewe Lamb Replacement and Retention Payment Program (ELRRPP) in the Dec. 23 Federal Register. The rule announced that the application period for the program will end January 13, 2005. The program was designed to encourage the replacement and retention of the ewe-lamb breeding stock in the U.S. ELRRPP provides direct payments to producers at a rate of $18 per ewe retained in the base period from Aug. 1, 2003, through July 31, 2004. Total payments to this program cannot exceed $18 million. In the event
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
Banned materials from cattle are infiltrating the human food chain despite rules meant to prohibit the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and associated health risks to human beings, according to an official with the federal meat inspectors’ union. USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (SIS) denied the allegations in published reports. An agency spokesman said FSIS had full confidence that the inspections were being carried out properly. No one returned a call to the agency by WLJ’s deadline, and the FSIS spokesman was not available during the holiday week. Charles S. “Stan” Painter, chairman of the federal meat inspectors’ union, National Joint
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Jan 3, 2005
The way animals are raised for food needs to be urgently changed in an attempt to prevent a possible global flu pandemic that could kill millions of people, a senior World Health Organization official said Friday, Nov. 26. Shigeru Omi, Western Pacific regional director of WHO, said bird flu could cause the next global pandemic, and efforts to control it must begin with farming methods. “I believe we are closer now to a pandemic than at any time recent years," Omi said. He said the current outbreak of bird flu in poultry is "historically unprecedented in terms of geographical spread and impact," the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 27, 2004
The feast or famine scenario is never far away for those in the beef business. Ironically, the same scenario is evident in the crop business. Generally, crop producers are very market focused, entwining farm program concerns, management options, and individual will to come up with an annual approach to production. The triad of producer inputs generally produces a crop output that has a home,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 27, 2004
The United States Mint recently announced it was releasing a new limited-edition nickel in 2005 featuring an American bison and a newly-designed image of Thomas Jefferson. The National Bison Association (NBA) called the announcement "a dynamic tribute to the heritage and the future of this great American symbol." "We are excited, not only by the announcement, but also by the beautiful
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 27, 2004
A Brazilian government delegation came away emptied handed from meetings with Russian authorities to convince them to lift a ban on Brazilian meat imports following an outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease (HMD) in the Amazon region, Brazil's agriculture ministry said last Thursday. "They were very firm and gave no indication of when the embargo may end," said Agriculture Minister Roberto Rodrigues.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 27, 2004
With winter fast approaching, the National Park Service (NPS) and Wyoming Fish and Game Department (WFGD) are putting some serious thought into a brucellosis vaccination program for free-roaming elk and bison herds. Topping the list of available technology are "biobullets," a vaccine delivered from a pneumatic rifle. If this plan is approved, it will be the first vaccination of free-roaming bison in the Yellowstone National
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 27, 2004
After a successful trial run in five colleges and universities, cattle marketing specialists with Denver-based Cattle-Fax recently announced broad-scale availability of its Beef Executive Seminar Training (BEST) program to universities and colleges nationwide. The course is designed to increase students' knowledge of marketing and risk-management concepts and principles, while using course information and applications to replicate business decisions in


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