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Livestock Industry Opinions
Dec 31, 2009
Beef markets have been frightfully stagnant this past year and that has weighed heavily on live cattle prices. The last big rally we had in beef sales was about 16 months ago when the export market exploded with the opening of the South Korean market and the Russians were very short on meat. Cutout values ran up to the $1.70 level and cleared
Livestock Industry Opinions
Dec 24, 2009
We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is looking forward to an even better New Year. During 2009, the cattle industry faced many challenges. We had fed cattle prices that didn’t support a profitable feeding sector and they experienced perhaps their worst year on record. Forecasters are calling for a better 2010 for cattle feeders which will
Livestock Industry Opinions
Dec 18, 2009
Thirteen years ago, the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) changed their organization after a tumultuous battle and a lot of damage to create the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). This period was also known as the "Merger." In January, NCBA will hold their meeting again in San Antonio, TX, and attempt to change their organization again, more than likely with
Livestock Industry Opinions
Dec 11, 2009
It’s becoming clear as a bell that the Obama administration is carrying out a full frontal attack on the American economy and society. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is perhaps his most profound tool to inflict this damage. EPA announced last week that they would initiate
Livestock Industry Opinions
Dec 4, 2009
Food safety is a two-way street. Food processors and the public both have to take some responsibility for the safety of the food products they consume. Pathogen-free food is about as unrealistic as the government eliminating their total deficit spending. Apparently, some in Washington, D.C., don’t think consumers
Livestock Industry Opinions
Nov 30, 2009
In a couple weeks, the world will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the idea of changing the world as we know it. The politics of climate change are heating up and the fear factor is being multiplied by the proponents of climate change and greenhouse gas abatement. From what I can tell, if we don’t do something about
Livestock Industry Opinions
Nov 13, 2009
It appears to me that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting to the point where they can choose industries that will be winners and losers in this economy. EPA has recently changed their thinking on coarse particulate matter and reduced acceptable levels by 90 percent compared to
Livestock Industry Opinions
Nov 10, 2009
Sustainability is a word we’ve been hearing a lot about lately and, most of the time, it’s made in reference #to organic agriculture. Sustainability (is defined) as the ability to continue or carry on. There% is also? a *definition in the dictionary that says "to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life." There are no references made to—environment or organic agriculture. Ironically, organic agriculture= is using the word to- describe the difference between organic and conventional agriculture.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Nov 2, 2009
Have you been thinking about all the proposed legislation pending in Washington? You've got healthcare reform, climate change legislation and clean water legislation that will give the federal government authority over all water.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 29, 2009
The big summer video sales are just about over and the yearling cattle fared pretty well up until the last few weeks. There were some good calf sales, but for most cow/calf operators, it was disappointing in relation to last year's prices. Now we're.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 18, 2009
The new chair of the Senate Ag Committee, Blanche Lincoln, D-AR, looks like she might be a pretty reasonable person for agriculture. It will be interesting to see if she follows along with the plans of the former Senate Ag chairman, Tom Harkin, D-IA, and his sometimes wild ag agenda.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 11, 2009
I’m sure at some point in time you’ve said the phrase “there ought to be a law.” Could be about anything, but sometimes you get so angry with something that you just blurt it out. I’m sure that after TIME published their diatribe against agriculture a few weeks ago, many in agriculture thought there ought to be a law about disguising opinions or fiction as news
Livestock Industry Opinions
Sep 4, 2009
The first time I spoke with Wesley Batista at JBS headquarters in Greeley, CO, he told me that they were contrarians and opportunistic. When everyone wants out of a business, they want in. His family showed those cards again last week, making a bid to buy Pilgrim’s Pride poultry
Livestock Industry Opinions
Aug 21, 2009
The market for yearling feeder cattle has stayed quite strong this summer and has appeared to trade without much of a freight basis. For example, 850-pound steers in Nevada are trading at or near the same price as they are in eastern Wyoming.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Aug 14, 2009
The Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is all of a sudden getting reacquainted with the cattle industry and has been very aggressive checking up on auction markets and cattle dealers. For many years, you could go on their Web.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Jul 31, 2009
JBS has been on a tear, growing their global red meat operation. Five years ago, this global powerhouse didnt exist; JBS was just another beef processor in Brazil. In three short years, they have invested over $3 billion in just the U.S. beef industry alone, purchasing Swift, Smithfield Beef and Five Rivers Cattle Feeding.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Jul 24, 2009
If you listen to USDA rant about cap and trade, you would think the program will be a big cash machine for agriculture. Last Wednesday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boss Lisa Jackson, testified in a Senate Ag Committee hearing that cap and trade will be good for farmers in the near term and in the long term.
Livestock Industry Opinions
Jul 17, 2009
Just think about it, our new, very young presidential administration, with the aid of a House of Representatives that has burned out nearly all their brain cells and a Senate that can do pretty much whatever the leadership wants, is wreaking havoc on the American economy.


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