WLJ - Blogs https://wlj.net/blog Thu, 08 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Positive Elements https://wlj.net/blog-13623-positive-elements.html Positive Elements
Pete CrowThe cattle markets are back and cash fed cattle trade is leading the way. Last Wednesday Superior’s Fed Cattle Exchange sold cattle between $110 and $114, setting the stage for the bulk...]]>
Change is Good https://wlj.net/blog-13601-change-is-good.html Change is Good
Pete CrowJust a week after the election and the House of Representatives was back at it. On Nov. 15 the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held hearings on two bills—Rep. Mark ...]]>
Perspectives https://wlj.net/blog-13580-perspectives.html Perspectives
Which do you see; a duck, a rabbit, both, neither? credited to Jastrow, J. from "The mind\'s eye" in Popular Science Monthly (1899). Public domain image.“A man’s perspective of the world is hi...]]>
Market Rally https://wlj.net/blog-13579-market-rally.html Market Rally
All financial markets seem to like President-elect Donald Trump. Stock markets found new highs and the cattle markets also found stronger prices. It’s pretty clear that most folks think Trump w...]]>
Make him a good one https://wlj.net/blog-13550-make-him-a-good-one.html Make him a good one
Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license. Use does not suggest endorsement. Original image was ...]]>
Insanity 3.0 https://wlj.net/blog-13510-insanity-30.html Insanity 3.0
This week the elections will be over and we’ll have a new President of the United States, and life will go on. These past few weeks have been full of so much electoral static and noise that my h...]]>
Marketing paradigm shift https://wlj.net/blog-13451-marketing-paradigm-shift.html Marketing paradigm shift
Pete CrowWe all know that markets change as we have experienced over the past three years. We’ve seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, in relative terms. Watching any market break 40 per...]]>
It's global https://wlj.net/blog-13424-its-global.html It's global
Retail ground beef showing COOL-style origin labeling.Rae PriceI’m not a big fan of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); first, it was a bad law and created a lot of inventory management c...]]>
The power of information https://wlj.net/blog-13416-the-power-of-information.html The power of information
Pete CrowWhen October live cattle futures fell below $100 a week ago Monday, it seemed that my heart missed a few beats. I’m sure everyone on the production side of this industry may have felt p...]]>
Good cattle https://wlj.net/blog-13397-good-cattle.html Good cattle
A display bull at Ehlke Herefords with interested onlookers during the 2016 MT Hereford Tour.Devin MurninThe week of Sept. 20 was a big week for Montana ranchers. Hundreds of cattlemen assembled in L...]]>
Taxable at death https://wlj.net/blog-13396-taxable-at-death.html Taxable at death
Pete CrowThe subject of estate tax comes around with every presidential election. There seems to be an effort by the Treasury Department to adjust the tax code again, and they are hoping they can get ...]]>
Agency is red handed with red wolves https://wlj.net/blog-13363-agency-is-red-handed-with-red-wolves.html Agency is red handed with red wolves
—Or: how to waste enormous amounts of time, effort, and taxpayer moneyAn endangered red wolf keeps to itself at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.Photo by Leo Miranda, U.S. Fish & Wildlif...]]>
Is China ready to do business? https://wlj.net/blog-13362-is-china-ready-to-do-business.html Is China ready to do business?
U.S.-China flagsUSDALast week China’s Premier Li Keqiang told a New York business group that China would open up imports of U.S. beef soon. The futures markets had a slight, but positive response to...]]>
Tell your story https://wlj.net/blog-13341-tell-your-story.html Tell your story
Don't just be a face in the crowd; tell your story.The running joke among farm people seems to be that “city folk” think milk, eggs and beef comes from the store. While that may be true, it all...]]>
No more horsing around https://wlj.net/blog-13340-no-more-horsing-around.html No more horsing around
A feral foal tries to suckle an emaciated mare on an overpopulated Nevada HMAPhoto by Nevada BLMIt appears that the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has had enough of ...]]>
Attitude Adjustment https://wlj.net/blog-13310-attitude-adjustment.html Attitude Adjustment
Analysts say that Labor Day beef sales were good, but the Choice beef cutout fell to a new low of $189.14. Therefore packers are trying to buy cattle cheaper and subsequently cattle feeders are tr...]]>
Where to now? https://wlj.net/blog-13274-where-to-now.html Where to now?
Pete CrowWhat just happened? The cattle markets seem to have fallen out of bed last week. Cattle feeders were aggressive sellers and started trading fed cattle on Monday; they didn’t even put up...]]>
Political Frustrations https://wlj.net/blog-13268-political-frustrations.html Political Frustrations
Pete CrowThis point in time during any general election cycle is frustrating. Congress is out on summer break with members all campaigning very hard, especially in the House. They will come back t...]]>
Summer rally https://wlj.net/blog-13228-summer-rally.html Summer rally
Pete CrowFeeder cattle markets were brisk last week with Superior Livestock’s Winnemucca sale supporting higher prices and Western Video Market’s Cheyenne sale doing the same. Calf and yearlin...]]>
Brazilian Threat https://wlj.net/blog-13194-brazilian-threat.html Brazilian Threat
Pete CrowThe USDA is at it again, playing politics with agriculture. USDA announced last week that the U.S. would start accepting fresh/frozen beef from Brazil. USDA’s press release was somewhat mis...]]>
Proper handling - What snake transportation and natural resource management have in common https://wlj.net/blog-13178-proper-handling.html Proper handling - What snake transportation and natural resource management have in common
Anyone who works with, studies, or utilizes our nation’s rich natural resources—rangeland, forests, wildlife, etc—knows that there are right and wrong ways to handle those resources.

Summer Low? https://wlj.net/blog-13177-summer-low.html Summer Low?
Pete CrowIt’s feeling like the market is trying to find the summer low. We did have an encouraging week last week. The Cattle on Feed report showed that only 3 percent more cattle were placed on...]]>
One more time https://wlj.net/blog-13151-one-more-time.html One more time
Pete CrowThe beef checkoff is under fire—again—but this time it’s from a different angle. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) floated a bill out in committee—“The Commodity Checkoff...]]>
Monday Markets: Corn Confusion https://wlj.net/blog-13125-monday-markets-corn-confusion.html Monday Markets: Corn Confusion
Piles of corn at a large Colorado feedlot.Photo by Kerry HalladaySo last week the most recent WASDE report came out. Among other things, it reported that the domestic corn crop is likely to be large...]]>
New market reality https://wlj.net/blog-13124-new-market-reality.html New market reality
The next six weeks are critical to the cattle markets, which is nothing new to most who watch the seasonal trends of these markets. The big video sales started in earnest this last week and the basis ...]]>
Markets and politics at home and abroad https://wlj.net/blog-13100-markets-and-politics-at-home-and-abroad.html Markets and politics at home and abroad
Welcome to the beginning of the second week of the Dog Days of Summer! At least here at the WLJ, it is hot, things are burning, and rain keeps threatening but rarely appearing… at least to levels we...]]>
Blatantly political https://wlj.net/blog-13098-blatantly-political.html Blatantly political
I have to apologize again, but it’s too insulting to let go. Here we have the greatest nation on earth and the political class has pulled another fast one on us. It’s become blazingly clear that f...]]>
Grousing around https://wlj.net/blog-13075-grousing-around.html Grousing around
Pete CrowBoth the House and Senate subcommittees on natural resources have been holding a lot of hearings the past few weeks and the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM...]]>
Horse sense https://wlj.net/blog-13050-horse-sense.html Horse sense
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands met last week to discuss the wild horse problem. They discussed challenges and potential solutions to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM...]]>
Stability isn’t in sight https://wlj.net/blog-13018-stability-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-in-sight.html Stability isn’t in sight

Last week the Federal Reserve (Fed) decided not to raise interest rates amid unclear circumstances swirling around economic stability. The two major factors in this decision were a mixed May jobs report combined with Britain attempting to leave the European Union.