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Kerry Halladay, WLJ Managing Editor

May 6, 2016
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a three-year conservation strategy for the lesser prairie-chicken at the end of April. Noting that the bird’s habitat is located almost exclusively on privately-held lands, the emphasis on partnering with landowners in ways that are mutually beneficial was strong.

Apr 22, 2016
According to the saying, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to the issues with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) however, that might be a blessing to the West and landowners. A trio of conservationpartnership leaders pointed out that where once the ESA could be called successful, it has since become a formula of failure.

Apr 15, 2016
“The first priority for reestablishing the sage-grouse has been the removal of junipers and pinyon pine trees, then reestablishing [the landscape] by coming back in and reseeding with a variety of native grasses and sagebrush for the sage-grouse, which also helps the cattle and sheep that graze on those lands with wildlife.

Apr 1, 2016
Last Wednesday, Superior Livestock Auction held a mock auction to test out a new online fed cattle auction. This was the latest effort in a growing string of industry attempts to reinvigorate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. Participants and observers were quite hopeful about the venture’s future.

Mar 25, 2016
What the market gives it also takes away. Last week saw all sectors of the cattle and beef markets fall. In most cases the losses from last week returned all of the gains made the week before. In the cash fed cattle market, over 22,000 head had been confirmed sold by Thursday afternoon.

Mar 18, 2016
“We need a common currency for conservation,” said Eric Holst, Associate Vice President of Working Lands with the Environmental Defense Fund, in speaking at the event. He said that the current lack of a consistent system of valuation of habitat conservation has caused problems.

Mar 14, 2016
“Rather than put a number to it, you want to sit down and ask, ‘What makes the most sense in my circumstance and my situation?’” He gave the examples of a commercial operation with a couple hundred heifers versus a small herd with only a few heifers that might be AIed or a backyard project for raising calves for the county fair.

Mar 11, 2016
As with the prior week’s market, last week’s cash fed cattle market dallied and put off relevant sale volume until Friday. As of Thursday afternoon, not even 5,000 head had sold throughout the week, posting no trade trends that could be compared to the prior week’s $132-136 live and $210-214 dressed prices.

Mar 4, 2016
The cash fed cattle market was exceptionally dead last week, with not even 2,000 head being confirmed sold by end of day Thursday. The prior week saw slow sales pushed off until Friday, with prices eventually coming out to $137- 140 live and $208-214.

Feb 26, 2016
The cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop last week, though it is unclear if that was because packers were holding out on the hope of declining prices or because they just didn’t need cattle last week. By last Thursday afternoon, not even 6,500 head had been confirmed for the whole week.

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