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Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Sep 16, 2016
It has been easy to observe the loss of speculative longs in the cattle futures. Futures prices have been volatile and the actual contract construction is flawed and left wanting in order to be an effective tool for use by the industry. Navigating through daily swings can be nerve racking.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Sep 9, 2016
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODA) confirmed the EIA-positive horse in a Sept. 3 statement and said the 13-yearold Quarter Horse gelding located in McCurtain County was euthanized. Past EIA test history for this horse is unknown. The first reported EIA case for 2016 was in a 14-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Atoka County on Sept.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Sep 9, 2016
Making critical decisions about the future of your breeding program demands the very best tools and up-to-date information available. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 Fall expected progeny differences (EPDs) that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Sep 9, 2016
Member breeders send DNA samples to GeneSeek or Zoetis, where the DNA testing is performed. The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) results are used by Livestock Genetic Services, in combination with traditional performance data, to perform the genetic evaluation on over 1.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Aug 26, 2016
The Atlanta court heard oral arguments in July in a case challenging the WOTUS rule. In that case, 11 states—Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Wisconsin, Utah, Indiana, North Carolina and Florida—asked the court to overturn the Sixth Circuit on the question of jurisdiction.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Aug 26, 2016
Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), will speak at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), on Sept. 13 as a guest of the developing Clayton K. Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance. Ishige will address the progress made toward Asia-Pacific economic integration and the role of the U.


Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Aug 26, 2016
The concept is simple and the analysis is the same regardless of the sector of the beef industry; beef producers are margin operators. Similar to other manufacturing businesses, you have inputs and outputs. You have fixed costs and variable costs.


Livestock Industry Opinions
by WLJ
Aug 26, 2016
By now, you have certainly heard that changing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations (VFD, Guidance 209 and 213) will change the way we use antibiotics in the near future. But what does that mean for your ranch or feedyard and what do you need to do about it? The short answer is to get to know your veterinarian, and make it official.


Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Aug 19, 2016
Projected production for 2016 rose slightly to 25.03 billion pounds and rose to 25.86 billion pounds for 2017. The report credited the increase for 2016 on higher-than-projected third-quarter slaughter which is currently underway. The increases made to the 2017 production estimates were credited to the projected decline in feed prices.

Cattle and Beef Industry News
by WLJ
Aug 12, 2016
Before they left for recess, the House saw a short bill introduced that would bring one of the oldest mainstays of ranching law into the modern world. H.R. 5883— introduced by Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7)—would change the nearly century-old Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) of 1921 to account for new technology such as online cattle auctions.




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