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by WLJ
May 1, 2015
“USDA’s monthly Cattle On Feed report was the same song and pretty much the same verse,” said Steve Meyer and Len Steiner of the CME Daily Livestock Report of the recent report. They summed up the performance as “Big feeder cattle, low placement numbers, even lower marketings and tight, tight inventories.


Markets
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
In 2013, steers made up 50.1 percent of the total cattle processed. For 2014, that number is 51.8 percent. Heifer slaughter declined very slightly, from 28.6 percent in 2013 to 28.2 percent in 2014. Cow slaughter declined most notably—18.1 percent compared to 19.


News
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed SB262 on April 24, giving state approval to a negotiated water rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) in western Montana. He was joined at the signing by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chas Vincent (R-MT), and leaders from the CSKT tribes.


News
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, IA, has been selected as the 2015 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry.


News
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
Farmers and ranchers are eager to use airborne drones to improve their businesses, but they need flexibility to use these tools to their full potential, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in comments...


Opinion
by WLJ
May 1, 2015
Pain in the abdominal cavity (belly) is commonly termed in the horse world as “colic.” This pain can be caused from any organ within the abdominal cavity, but is often attributed to problems involving the intestinal tract. Horses experiencing colic will often paw at their abdomen, roll excessively on the ground, or decline food or water.


Markets
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
Despite these conditions, U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable price inflation is expected to be close to its historical average in 2015. USDA Economic Research Service predicts fresh fruit prices will increase 2.5-3.5 percent and fresh vegetable prices 2-3 percent.


Markets
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
If farmers would have adopted the practice even without financial incentive, however, the practices are not “additional,” and the payments provide income for farmers without improving environmental quality.


News
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking comments on proposed listing activities on 10 species. Upon preliminary review, the USFWS has determined the proposed listing activities—ranging between new listings to one delisting—may be warranted.


News
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
“Starting at 6 p.m., the Rapid City Beef Crawl will begin at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in downtown Rapid City,” said Rebecca Christman, Ag United for South Dakota Outreach Director.


News
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
The family consulted with Terry Mader, retired Nebraska Beef Extension Specialist, to develop a plan for dealing with the problem days: the hot, humid and still. He says shade is just one of the many management and facility options producers have to help their animals through those times.


Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 24, 2015
Can you think of an investment that returns your money at an 11 to 1 ratio? I can, and it’s our beef checkoff! Did you know that in the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr.


Markets
by WLJ
Apr 17, 2015
The balances of beef in 2015 changed quite a bit in the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. USDA raised its predictions on beef production by 150 million pounds (mp) to 24.28 billion pounds (bp) mostly on increased cow slaughter and heavier carcass weights.


News
by WLJ
Apr 17, 2015
The Mexican cattle and beef industry is always dynamic and continues to evolve. The industry has faced challenges in recent years with declining cattle inventories while attempting to maintain domestic production and cattle exports; all while beef exports have increased sharply.


News
by WLJ
Apr 17, 2015
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, together with the USDA and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), announced changes to live cattle trade with Mexico. Under the new agreements, live slaughter cattle can be exported to Mexico.




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