WLJ - All News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-2-1-all-news.html Mon, 27 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Markets on fire after lull https://wlj.net/article-14-markets-on-fire-after-lull.html Markets on fire after lull
By close of trade last Thursday, nearly 128,000 head had been confirmed sold last week and the prices were refreshing; live cattle trading for $124-125 and dressed cattle traded for $196. This is a far cry from the prior week’s $116-120 live and $187 dressed....]]>
Many factors can affect bred cow value https://wlj.net/article-14-many-factors-can-affect-bred-cow-value.html Many factors can affect bred cow value
Bred cows vary in value according to a number of factors including age, quality, weight, stage of gestation, hide color, time of year and location. Research at Oklahoma State University (OSU) has examined 15 years of auction data in Oklahoma to determine the impact of these factors on commercial bred cow value....]]>
Costco to offer 100 percent U.S. chilled beef in South Korea https://wlj.net/article-14-costco-to-offer-100-percent-us-chilled-beef-in-south-korea.html Costco to offer 100 percent U.S. chilled beef in South Korea
product. The move follows a multi-year effort by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) to persuade store managers that sales of U.S. beef—a popular item at Costco —would match or exceed Australian beef sales due to revived consumer confidence in the safety of U....]]>
International trade plans might lead to a recession https://wlj.net/article-14-international-trade-plans-might-lead-to-a-recession.html International trade plans might lead to a recession
Dr. Ian Sheldon—the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE)—said if Trump were to implement a 45 percent tariff against China and a 35 percent......]]>
Economist: Majority of farms face cash shortfalls https://wlj.net/article-14-economist-majority-of-farms-face-cash-shortfalls.html Economist: Majority of farms face cash shortfalls
Outlaw said projections indicate 17 of the 23 feed grain and oilseed farms are projected to be in moderate or poor financial condition; nine of the 11 wheat farms are projected to be in moderate or poor financial condition; 11 of the 15 cotton farms......]]>
Availability of red meat, poultry and fish down https://wlj.net/article-14-availability-of-red-meat-poultry-and-fish-down.html Availability of red meat, poultry and fish down
According to the Economic Research Service’s (ERS’) food availability data, the total per capita supply of red meat, poultry and fish available for consumption in the U.S.—which reached 200 pounds on a boneless, edible basis in 2007—fell to 181 pounds in 2014....]]>
A typical farm’s income varies more than all farms https://wlj.net/article-14-a-typical-farm%25E2%2580%2599s-income-varies-more-than-all-farms.html A typical farm’s income varies more than all farms
Commercial farm income is highly variable from year to year, fluctuating with output and prices. Income variability can affect key farm decisions, including how much to invest in farm assets (such as land or machinery) and how much to save as a cushion for low-earning years....]]>
Law took aim at federal power https://wlj.net/article-26-law-took-aim-at-federal-power.html Law took aim at federal power
Last Wednesday saw the first and last hearing of a Colorado state bill that sought to limit the power of federal agencies. The bill aimed to make any action taken by a federal employee that might negatively affect the use of a public grazing allotment a felony.


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Senate confirms Pruitt https://wlj.net/article-26-senate-confirms-pruitt.html Senate confirms Pruitt
The U.S. Senate confirmed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 52-46 vote that largely followed party lines on Feb. 17. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito administered the oath of office to Pruitt.


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A closer look at horse hoofs https://wlj.net/article-26-a-closer-look-at-horse-hoofs.html A closer look at horse hoofs
The sole of the hoof is the underside and generally does not contact the ground. The frog is highly elastic and is usually the first part of the hoof to contact the ground.


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Deflation changing the food retail meat purchase, says ‘Power of Meat’ https://wlj.net/article-26-deflation-changing-the-food-retail-meat-purchase-says-%25E2%2580%2598power-of-meat%25E2%2580%2599.html Deflation changing the food retail meat purchase, says ‘Power of Meat’
In its 12th year, the 2017 Power of Meat study, made possible by Sealed Air’s Food Care Division, demonstrates how thoughtful curation of the meat case tailored to shopper needs, trends and innovation can influence incremental sales and provide the industry with opportunities to foster high levels of satisfaction and drive spending and loyalty....]]>
Report: forecast for food with a story looks good https://wlj.net/article-26-report-forecast-for-food-with-a-story-looks-good.html Report: forecast for food with a story looks good
A recent consumer report forecasts that Americans will continue to enjoy dining at steakhouses, but more are expressing interest in knowing the origin of their food....]]>
OBITUARIES https://wlj.net/article-26-obituaries.html OBITUARIES
He truly lived life to the fullest and had a contagious, ornery grin that was sure to make you smile. He was genuine, determined, independent, godly, and had a positive impact on all those who knew him. Meriwether graduated from Waynoka High School in 2012 where he was active in FFA, weightlifting, football, basketball, FCA and FCCLA....]]>
Tighter immigration guidelines may affect farmers, H-2A guest-worker program https://wlj.net/article-26-tighter-immigration-guidelines-may-affect-farmers-h-2a-guest-worker-program.html Tighter immigration guidelines may affect farmers, H-2A guest-worker program
Agricultural leaders say farmers aren’t panicked yet by the Trump administration’s new memos on immigration enforcement, but concerns are growing that illegal immigrants, who are the backbone of most farm labor in the country, could increasingly become targets of deportation....]]>
Prepare for most stressful time of year https://wlj.net/article-26-prepare-for-most-stressful-time-of-year.html Prepare for most stressful time of year
Your year-long investment in each cow, and her success or failure, will live or die by the calving event. To prepare for potential calving problems, a review of some basic equipment and management recommendations to assist with calving will not go amiss....]]>
Trump, Japan's Abe topically talk trade https://wlj.net/article-26-trump-japans-abe-topically-talk-trade.html Trump, Japan's Abe topically talk trade
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was among the first foreign heads of state to visit Washington D.C. During their weekend visit, Abe and President Donald Trump golfed, took selfies in the White House and on Marine One, and had working lunches at Mar-a-Lago.


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UW researcher studies microbiome effects on cattle feed efficiency https://wlj.net/article-26-uw-researcher-studies-microbiome-effects-on-cattle-feed-efficiency.html UW researcher studies microbiome effects on cattle feed efficiency
The livestock really being fed are smaller and their names harder to pronounce than Angus, Hereford, Simmental, Charolais or Blonde d’Aquitaine—maybe not that last one—but chances are the next time livestock producers gather, “bacterioidetes” or “firmicutes” won’t be rolling off their tongues....]]>
Sensor technology aids precision agriculture https://wlj.net/article-26-sensor-technology-aids-precision-agriculture.html Sensor technology aids precision agriculture
The digital farm of the future uses all kinds of sensors—drones, fiber-optic cables, radio-frequencies— to collect all kinds of sensory information. But what does a farmer do with all this information? Chad Higgins, an environmental engineer at Oregon State University (OSU), helps make sense of sensory data....]]>
Ethanol, oil groups look ahead, Trump reiterates biofuels support https://wlj.net/article-26-ethanol-oil-groups-look-ahead-trump-reiterates-biofuels-support.html Ethanol, oil groups look ahead, Trump reiterates biofuels support
In short, the standards tightened in 2011 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Barack Obama administration are designed to force the auto industry to build new cars that go farther on less fuel. The CAFE target is to reduce liquid fuel consumption by about 80 percent by 2050....]]>
Research the main focus of K-State Beef Cattle Center https://wlj.net/article-26-research-the-main-focus-of-k-state-beef-cattle-center.html Research the main focus of K-State Beef Cattle Center
Producers who have commercial feedlots will consign their cattle, specifically feedlot heifers—which are market livestock that are fed until they have reached market weight and are ready to be harvested—and steers to the center specifically for research....]]>
Don’t buy trouble https://wlj.net/article-26-don%25E2%2580%2599t-buy-trouble.html Don’t buy trouble
“Biosecurity” is actually just a fancy way of saying “common sense” as it refers to preventing disease introduction into a herd. Calf diarrhea or calf scours is a disease entity that can transported onto a cow/calf ranch when common sense should intervene and help prevent the introduction of new calf scour pathogens....]]>
Bunge CEO says U.S. corn still a better deal for Mexico https://wlj.net/article-26-bunge-ceo-says-us-corn-still-a-better-deal-for-mexico.html Bunge CEO says U.S. corn still a better deal for Mexico
Soren Schroder, Chief Executive Officer for Bunge Limited, told analysts Feb. 15 in a quarterly earnings call that it would require a price shift in Brazil and Argentina to significantly change the market flow of exports. He noted, “The extent to which there is any switching that takes place to South America, frankly, it all depends on price....]]>
Bill would protect ranchers’ water rights on federal land https://wlj.net/article-26-bill-would-protect-ranchers%25E2%2580%2599-water-rights-on-federal-land.html Bill would protect ranchers’ water rights on federal land
Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill to keep the federal agencies from acquiring stockwater rights on federal lands in their state. In recent years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service have grown more aggressive in obtaining state-adjudicated water rights on federal allotments....]]>
Tips on sample submission for diagnosis of neonatal calf diarrhea https://wlj.net/article-26-tips-on-sample-submission-for-diagnosis-of-neonatal-calf-diarrhea.html Tips on sample submission for diagnosis of neonatal calf diarrhea
It will soon be that time of year again when the feces are flowing faster and more fluid than anyone likes to see in neonatal calves. This article reviews some points to keep in mind when collecting antemortem or postmortem samples from calves for submission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Veterinary Diagnostic Center (VDC)....]]>
New equipment speeds response to diseases https://wlj.net/article-26-new-equipment-speeds-response-to-diseases.html New equipment speeds response to diseases
A new instrument has enabled veterinarians at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to identify potentially deadly bacteria in a matter of minutes—compared to the days it once took to identify pathogens via lab culture....]]>
The critical leg of the journey from replacement heifer to mature cow https://wlj.net/article-26-the-critical-leg-of-the-journey-from-replacement-heifer-to-mature-cow.html The critical leg of the journey from replacement heifer to mature cow
As spring approaches, so does calving for most beef cattle producers. Spring also begins the most critical part of the journey for the replacement heifer becoming a cow....]]>
Montana Legislature to define an electric fence https://wlj.net/article-26-montana-legislature-to-define-an-electric-fence.html Montana Legislature to define an electric fence
A bill pending in the Montana Legislature would define an electric fence for the purpose of property boundary lines. During the 2015 legislative session, electric fences were added to existing fence laws as a legal fence option, however there were no criteria established for what constituted a legal electric fence....]]>
Be prepared for the calving crunch https://wlj.net/article-26-be-prepared-for-the-calving-crunch.html Be prepared for the calving crunch
The last two months of a cow’s pregnancy is when most of the unborn calf growth occurs. Feeding an adequate diet to meet the cows’ basal metabolism, activity, growth, pregnancy, and lactation requirements is needed. Heifers are still growing and have a slightly higher nutrient requirement than a mature cow....]]>
NCTA tuition to be same for all students https://wlj.net/article-26-ncta-tuition-to-be-same-for-all-students.html NCTA tuition to be same for all students
“This is excellent news for NCTA in providing a lowcost affordable education for all students, particularly those who are residents of nearby states to Nebraska, and who are seeking a customized agriculture in a two-year degree program,” said Ron Rosati, NCTA Dean....]]>
It's all good https://wlj.net/article-35-its-all-good.html It's all good
I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. Heifers were due on pasture leases the first of May, so the family consensus was that we could not wait much more than a week for synchronized artificial insemination (AI) in early May....]]>