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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 9, 2005
Congressional Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, and Marion Berry, D-AR, introduced a voluntary country-of-origin labeling (COOL) bill for beef, pork and lamb that, if passed, would replace the current mandatory labeling language on the books. The bill was named the Meat Promotion Act of 2005 and designated number HR 2068. Under the proposed language,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
The market situation, international trade, animal ID, beef and other products, demand, and what’s going on in the wholesale and retail sectors are all subjects on the forefront of producers’ minds these days. Jim Robb, center director for Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), recently spoke to producers and other beef industry members about these
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
This is the time of year when carcass data starts to come in on last year's calf crop. The data also provides reflection material on the current bull battery. In the past, the conventional wisdom was that growth was the most important trait. Cow/calf producers, however, know many traits affect the bottom line.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
McDonald’s reports a 42% profit McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest fast-food chain, reported that better sales in Europe and continued momentum in the U.S. lifted first-quarter profits 42 percent. Net income for the January-through-March quarter was $727.9 million, or 56 cents per share, compared with $511.5 million, 40 cents per share, a year earlier. Results
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
In order for researchers to be able to control a disease, they need to know what spreads the disease. Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) is one of those diseases which researchers are attempting to identify all of its sources. VSV is a viral disease that primarily affects cattle, horses, and swine. Occasionally sheep and goats can contract the disease. The virus that causes vesicular stomatitis appears to have a wide host range. In affected, VSV causes blister-like lesions to form in the mouth and on the dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils, hooves, and teats. These blisters swell and break, leaving raw tissue that
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
Over the past few weeks, I have tried to stay away from the ongoing debate over the Canadian border. There’s no doubt that this border issue has had an impact on cattle markets, and this industry is reaping some benefit. Now that we have been able to take a few steps back and attempt to view
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
— Injunction process amended. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco, CA, last week ruled that actual proof of harm must be provided before an injunction can be issued against a property owner concerning species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In addition, the court said that past lack of evidence
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
— Questions arise on marketings data. — Feeders, stockers still rallying. After showing signs of getting ready to eclipse $95 live, $152 dressed early in the week, last week’s cash fed cattle market wound up with only moderate trade happening through Thursday at prices barely steady to $1 softer, compared to the previous week.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
Dry weather conditions in parts of the U.S. over the past several years and continuing this year have caused forced liquidation of breeding livestock and early sales of market livestock. Livestock producers who have been forced to sell livestock or are considering selling because of abnormally dry conditions may receive special consideration for
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
In addition to indicating a stronger fed market for this spring and fall, USDA’s April 1 Cattle-on-Feed Report showed that the national cowherd is on the verge of expanding in the near future, analysts said. According to April 1 figures, only 3.8 million heifers were in feedlots, six percent fewer than the end of the first quarter last year, and 10
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
The Senate voted in favor of an amendment last week to expand visa opportunities for foreign workers, but the votes could not overcome the filibuster of an amendment to help immigrant workers already in the U.S. earn permanent legal residency. Producer groups are currently working on alternative legislation to meet the goals of the ag industry as well as earn
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
— Analysts pleasantly surprised. — Placement decline also good news. Late spring and early summer fed market optimism ran rampant through the industry last week after USDA statisticians indicated that feedlots marketed a lot more cattle during March than originally projected. In addition, the summer market was said to be helped by a reported decline in March placements compared to last year. The best news of the April 1 Cattle-on-Feed Report came in the form of the March marketings figure of 1.97 million head, up slightly from last year
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
— Analysts pleasantly surprised. — Placement decline also good news. Late spring and early summer fed market optimism ran rampant through the industry last week after USDA statisticians indicated that feedlots marketed a lot more cattle during March than originally projected. In addition, the summer market was said to be helped by a reported
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
May 2, 2005
Early weaned cattle appear to produce higher quality beef compared to those weaned under more normal circumstances, according to a preliminary study from Kansas State University (KSU) beef cattle researchers. However, the research also showed that early-weaned animals are more predisposed to more external fat deposition and poorer yields than cattle weaned under
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 25, 2005
Lone Star’s first quarter mixed Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Inc’s first quarter net income fell less than one percent as sales increased nearly three percent. In a press release April 18, the Wichita-based restaurant chain said net income for the quarter fell to $10.9 million, or 49 cents a share, from $11 million, or
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 25, 2005
A movement in some cities and states to change the terminology from “pet owner” to “pet guardian” has some members of the industry highly concerned. Veterinarians and associations alike are trying to get the word out that if this activity progresses, there could be serious impacts on the way livestock owners manage their animals and pets.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 25, 2005
A well respected animal science professor from my alma mater and a member of the January Canadian beef trade contingent sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) told producers earlier this year that the U.S. beef industry will look back at the current BSE situation in 20 years as “the biggest case of overreaction ever in the industry.”
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Apr 25, 2005
Cattle that are resistant to disease can prove to be very valuable to producers through reduced labor and treatment costs. One method researchers are working on to improve disease resistance in cattle is through gene transfer. Gene transfer is the process of genetically coding animals for genes that resist susceptibility to diseases. Although


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