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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
Last weeks fed market started out with packers and cattle feeders being $5-7 apart, which didn't produce much through Thursday, only 50,000 head had traded nationwide. Nebraska dressed trade was light and traded at mostly $80 live, $127 dressed, steady with a week earlier. Most cattle feeders were asking $83-84 live, and $132 dressed, while packers seemed content to bid $78-79 live, $126-128 dressed. Packers
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
—Truth is not being told, say scientists Three Health Canada veterinary drug bureau scientists fired in July for insubordination have suggested their real offence had been lobbying for stronger government anti-BSE rules, including an end to feeding animal protein to animals. The official reason for their dismissal has not been made public by Health Canada. The three scientists, Shiv Chopra,
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
China's consumption of beef is forecast to continue climbing due to strong growth in per capita income, according to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Since December 25, 2003, China has banned imported U.S. cattle and beef due to a single case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the U.S. It still remains uncertain when China will lift the bans. During 2004, USDA
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
China's consumption of beef is forecast to continue climbing due to strong growth in per capita income, according to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Since December 25, 2003, China has banned imported U.S. cattle and beef due to a single case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the U.S. It still remains uncertain when China will lift the bans. During 2004, USDA
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
— Freeze damage unknown. — Near-term prices hinge on USDA report. By Steven D. Vetter WLJ Editor Commodity grain and livestock analysts have both been feverishly trying to figure out if late August and early September reports of early frosts, even a freeze, in several northern tier states were accurate and whether or not 2004 corn
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
By Sarah L. Swenson WLJ Associate Editor DNA testing is becoming more and more familiar to the beef industry for use as a selection tool. But, what about as a means to solve crimes? Thanks to the efforts of a Montana sheriff department, this tool can and will now be used to solve heinous crimes involving livestock. Ken and Dawn Overcast were
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
By Sarah L. Swenson WLJ Associate Editor The founder of the Beefmaster breed, Tom Lasater, is being honored for his significant contributions to agriculture and ranching by the Texas State Fair. The Texas State Fair honors prominent individuals who have promoted and advanced agriculture by inducting them into the Texas Heritage Hall of Fame. The
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
By Sarah L. Swenson WLJ Associate Editor Florida producers are cleaning up the aftermath from both hurricane Charley and Frances and are hoping that hurricane Ivan stays at bay. It is uncertain how much devastation was caused to the beef industry, but early predictions are that 65 percent of all beef producers in the state were impacted by these two
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
— Early frosts threaten grain maturity. — Moisture levels threaten hay prospects. By Sarah L. Swenson WLJ Associate Editor Several western and northern states are wondering if summer ever really arrived or if it spring made a transition directly into fall. With the cooler summer temperatures has also come early frosts, particularly in more northern
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
— Wyoming "free" status possible July 2005. — South Dakota avoids added sanctions. By Steven D. Vetter WLJ Editor Animal health officials in both Wyoming and South Dakota indicated that there have been no additional confirmed cases of bovine brucellosis, also known as bangs, since an early July announcement that two cows tested positive for the
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
— Another court challenge planned. — Ranchers take "wait-and-see" attitude. By Steven D. Vetter WLJ Editor In responding to a court order, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) very late last month announced it was designating approximately 8.6 million acres in four states as critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl. That announcement was met
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
By Wayne Burleson "Ouch," says the once tall range plant that was just bitten off for the fifteenth time. It says, "If you don't stop, I'm going to die." Interesting, plants don't talk with words, but they do communicate just by their appearance. After all, don't people also communicate with body language? This plant talk thing is a very simple method
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
With all the recent cold weather and frost in the northern Corn Belt, a possibility exists that the forage sorghums will accumulate toxic amounts of prussic acid. Prussic acid is the same as hydrocyanic acid (HCN), or cyanide, which is poisonous. All forage sorghums, sorghum-sudan hybrids, and sudangrass can produce prussic acid through a process called cyanogenesis. Prussic acid is
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
— Spoilage declined 10-15 percent, sometimes more. By Steven D. Vetter WLJ Editor With cattle procurement costs going through the roof this year, cattle producers are having to find ways to reduce costs elsewhere. The second largest cost of production is feed, and recent research has shown a way to decrease the cost associated with one feed resource.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
By Dr. Julie Stepanek Shiflett Juniper Economic Consulting USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) expects to see production increases in 2005 from 194 million pounds this year to 197 million pounds in 2005. The numbers may be revised downward, given the recently released report that inventory is down. However, production gains still are likely. As of July 1, year-to-year total sheep and
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
Most state departments of agriculture have already begun the task of identifying farms, feedlots, auction barns, and slaughter facilities that handle food animals within their state's borders, and preparing them for individual animal identification and traceback. However, the manner in which those "premises" are registered range from written forms, phone calls, and formal state livestock agency visits. Two Midwest
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
USDA recently offered up $2 million to help private land owners, including ranchers, in four Western states protect the habitat of the sage grouse. The bird, about the size of chicken, has seen its numbers thin as its territory gets crowded by homes, cattle, and oil, and natural gas wells. The money will be available under the Grassland Reserve Program, which gives ranchers and farmers dollars
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
— Temporary 24-month testing exemption pondered. — Japanese panel reiterates young cattle safe. By Sarah Swenson, WLJ Associate Editor, & Steven D. Vetter, WLJ Editor An August 31 internal USDA memorandum indicated the agency could be open to the possibility of agreeing, with Japan, to lower the possible exemption age for cattle to be tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from


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