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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
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Real estate brokers across California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah are busy trying to find buyers ranches and rural properties that they can purchase for recreational usage. Owners of large parcels of land that are looking to sell in these areas are definitely benefitting from this demand and strong demand in general. John Knipe with Idaho-based Knipe Land Company feels that the economy growing stronger, coupled with continued city migration to the Western states has fueled increase in demand and increase in prices of real estate. “Our local market population growth has more than doubled the national average,” said Knipe. “Two-thirds
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Ken Hufford, a long time Red Bluff buyer, judge, sifter and newly appointed board member said, “The only place lower than the Sacramento River in Red Bluff is the Tehama District Fairgrounds.” That statement was proven correct on Wednesday as a torrent of rain pounded the area nearly all day long. The rain came down so hard, it was difficult to hear the announcers during the judging of the halter bulls. One had only to step outside for a moment to be drenched. The trade show area was awash as was the parking lot. But did it deter any enthusiasm for the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Cache Valley/Select Sires has announced the promotion of Randy Hill to general manager. In this role, Hill will oversee the organization's eight-state sales area and will manage more than 30 employees. As general manager, Hill's goals are to offer outstanding service and support to Cache Valley employees and customers, and continue to deliver and increase sales of the industry's best genetics. He will continue to be based at the Cache Valley/Select Sires headquarters in Logan, UT. Employed at Cache Valley/Select Sires for 28 years, Hill was instrumental in establishing beef and dairy estrus-synchronization programs that helped Cache Valley/Select Sires to achieve
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
USDA Under Secretary Jim Butler recently unveiled great news to participants at the American Sheep Industry (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Annual Convention when he announced that the number of replacement lambs under one year of age had increased 10 percent over the last year. Butler provided this information from the newly published Sheep and Goats Report released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). As of Jan. 1, replacement lambs under one year increased from 702,000 in 2004 to 771,000 in 2005. “Reports of growth in sheep numbers is great news for the entire industry and hits a priority goal of ASI
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
LRP program advances Representatives of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and its partners met on Jan. 13 with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) in the next step of the process to present and review the proposed Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) pilot project for lamb. After extensive discussion, the FCIC Board requested that the sheep industry supply additional information prior to meeting with them again in several weeks. "The industry should be encouraged that the FCIC is seriously considering the LRP-lamb proposal and is working with us through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Services staff on answering questions and clarifying
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
Alfalfa is a high quality, highly digestible feed for horses, but so many myths surround its use that many of the nation's horse owners either underutilize or misuse it. A concise, scientifically based, user-friendly publication by the National Alfalfa Alliance clarifies to owners of horses how to match the characteristics of alfalfa hay to the age, class and activity level of their equines. "Alfalfa: The High-quality Hay for Horses" was written by University of Idaho Extension forage specialist Glenn Shewmaker, University of Wisconsin forage agronomist Dan Undersander, and University of Kentucky equine nutritionist Laurie Lawrence and Extension forage specialist Garry Lacefield. "There's
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Feb 14, 2005
There was great enthusiasm for the future of the U.S. sheep industry at the 2005 American Sheep Industry Association/National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) Annual Convention Jan. 26-29 in Reno, NV. Registrations topped those seen in recent years, with attendance surpassing 360. “The industry definitely demonstrated a unified front with participation from five national sheep associations including ASI, NLFA, the American Lamb Board, the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and the Western Range Association,” said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick. “Additionally, all major players in the domestic wool industry had a strong presence again at this year’’s events, and everyone was pleased


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