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2015 May 1
You are at a feeder sale. A load of 400-pound calves sells for an average of $345 per hundredweight. Later in the day, a load of 700-pounders sells for an average of $225/cwt. What you’ve just seen is the market at work assigning relative value to the differing weights.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
“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.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
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.


2015 May 1
By the numbers, the gray wolf in Oregon is on the path to delisting from the state’s endangered species list. Oregon’s wolves have reached four breeding pairs for three consecutive three years. This is considered to be a conservative count. These numbers represent the trigger point in the Oregon Wolf Plan: The delisting process will begin.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
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.


2015 May 1
That technology on a tractor deals with safety, performance and standards such as meeting emission requirements. “We do try to make sure through our dealers and customers to read diagnostics and do anything they need to do for repairs that need to happen,” Nelson said.


2015 May 1
One of the problems seen on the Iowa landscape in particular, he said, is satellite imagery has revealed that in the past 35 years or so, many conservation practices including buffers that were once in place in 1980 have since disappeared in some counties.


2015 May 1
Limited snowmelt and the lack of rainfall in many parts of the West this spring means producers should have the water quality in their pastures tested before turning their livestock out to pasture, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service specialists advise.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
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.


2015 May 1
Producers need to have a good idea how to assess available forage, feed and water supplies to determine if they need to reduce their stocking rates or modify grazing plans before they turn their cattle out onto pasture this spring, according to Beef Cattle Specialist Carl Dahlen.


2015 May 1
Negotiating farmland rental rates can be challenging. Generally landowners and tenants want to be fair with each other and don’t want to be taken advantage of. Landowners need to cover the costs associated with owning land like land payment, insurance and taxes.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
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...


2015 May 1
If you wait until the first day of sun to see if the equipment works, you’ll miss haying days. Increasingly, earlyseason hay makers switch to baleage. They bale partly dried hay and wrap it in plastic. That wrapped hay takes on the feeding quality of silage.


2015 May 1
Finding the right balance for cattle and wildlife to coexist can be a challenge. California dairy farms and cattle ranches within the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) are dealing with this issue in an area were tule elk, once nearly extinct, were reintroduced and are now thriving.


2015 May 1
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade agreement and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) have been put into high gear after the Senate Committee on Finance passed a resolution to give the president trade promotion fast track authority. But the politics are CROW.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
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.


2015 May 1
The grilling season has finally begun and the beef industry is cautiously optimistic that Americans will show their love of a good steak. But how much beef gets put on the grill this month will depend on two factors: how aggressively retailers want to build their beef sales; and what consumers are willing to keep paying for beef throughout the month.


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