WLJ - All News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-2-1-all-news.html Wed, 04 May 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Beef production outpaces demand https://wlj.net/article-14-beef-production-outpaces-demand.html Beef production outpaces demand
With market reins in hand, packers held off buying cattle last week until a bit on Thursday and a bit on Friday. At least for Thursday, this strategy worked out for them as it allowed them to buy cattle cheaper after near limit-down declines in the live futures market.


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The importance of depreciation when keeping records https://wlj.net/article-14-the-importance-of-depreciation-when-keeping-records.html The importance of depreciation when keeping records
“Careful consideration of how to report tax depreciation helps producers comply with IRS regulations and can result in a reduction of income taxes paid,” said Shannon Sand, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist.


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U.S. meat and poultry exports are projected to rise https://wlj.net/article-14-us-meat-and-poultry-exports-are-projected-to-rise.html U.S. meat and poultry exports are projected to rise
A strengthening U.S. dollar coupled with poultry trade restrictions related to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) led to a reduction in U.S. meat and poultry exports in 2015. However, U.S. red meat and poultry exports are expected to rise over the next decade as steady global economic growth supports demand for high-quality animal proteins.


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More cattle on feed and less beef in cold storage https://wlj.net/article-14-more-cattle-on-feed-and-less-beef-in-cold-storage.html More cattle on feed and less beef in cold storage
The latest Cattle on Feed (COF) report showed feedlot inventories (among feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity) on April 1 of 10.853 million head, 100.5 percent of year-ago levels. March feedlot marketings were 107 percent of last year and placements were 104.


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Anti-poverty advocate aims at HSUS initiative https://wlj.net/article-26-anti-poverty-advocate-aims-at-hsus-initiative.html Anti-poverty advocate aims at HSUS initiative
Ballot Initi ative, HB3930—an Act to prevent cruelty to farm animals—would set guidelines for the production of eggs, pork and veal within the state. In addition, language in the measure would prohibit sale of products in the state if they were produced using the prohibited animal welfare practices, even if they came from another state.


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More troubled waters on the Klamath? https://wlj.net/article-26-more-troubled-waters-on-the-klamath.html More troubled waters on the Klamath?
Area farmers have been told by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) that the entire 4,300-foot pipe must be replaced, to the tune of at least $10 million.


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Dr. Grandin narrates new sheep industry videos https://wlj.net/article-26-dr-grandin-narrates-new-sheep-industry-videos.html Dr. Grandin narrates new sheep industry videos
While the American consumer has recently and vociferously worried about the slaughtering practices of cattle and pigs, and TV-christened celebrity food “experts” have whipped consumers into frenzies over the safety of beef and bacon, the remaining member of the red meat family has been ignored.


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Organic study uses domestic sheep to facilitate sustainable farming https://wlj.net/article-26-organic-study-uses-domestic-sheep-to-facilitate-sustainable-farming.html Organic study uses domestic sheep to facilitate sustainable farming
Environmental and economic management of weeds and pests is a priority for organic farmers and they typically use tillage to address these issues. However, frequent mechanical tillage can reduce soil integrity, which increases costs for farmers and negatively impacts future crop growth.


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Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch named winner of 2016 Leopold Conservation Award https://wlj.net/article-26-stacked-lazy-3-ranch-named-winner-of-2016-leopold-conservation-award.html Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch named winner of 2016 Leopold Conservation Award
Located near Deer Trail, CO, the Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch is a diversified enterprise with a commercial cow/calf herd, as well as dry-land crops. The Tureceks have worked diligently to convert hundreds of acres of marginal farm ground back to native grass pastures.


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Iowa cattlemen name Blairs 2016 environmental stewardship winners https://wlj.net/article-26-iowa-cattlemen-name-blairs-2016-environmental-stewardship-winners.html Iowa cattlemen name Blairs 2016 environmental stewardship winners
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named AJ and Kellie Blair, Dayton, as winners of the 2016 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified livestock farm, and have added cattle to the farm because of the conservation benefits they have to offer.


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Grandin elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences https://wlj.net/article-26-grandin-elected-to-the-american-academy-of-arts-and-sciences.html Grandin elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Temple Grandin’s worldwide reputation as a leader in the field of humane animal handing and autism advocacy has propelled her into one of the nation’s most distinguished groups—the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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NV wild horse decision applauded https://wlj.net/article-26-nv-wild-horse-decision-applauded.html NV wild horse decision applauded
Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), Nevada Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) and Nevada Association of Counties (NAC) applaud Gov. Brian Sandoval’s April 25 announcement that he will pursue legal options regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) management of wild horses.


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WOTUS legal web gets more complicated https://wlj.net/article-26-wotus-legal-web-gets-more-complicated.html WOTUS legal web gets more complicated
This decision comes with some potential complications, however. When litigation over WOTUS began, lawsuits were filed in both federal district courts and appeals court. The problem arises now in that both the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and one of the district courts have claimed to have jurisdiction on the case.


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AFBF to Congress: Farmers and ranchers need government support https://wlj.net/article-26-afbf-to-congress-farmers-and-ranchers-need-government-support.html AFBF to Congress: Farmers and ranchers need government support
Low commodity prices, tightening credit, expensive land and rising costs for expenses such as seed and fertilizer will lead to financial losses for many farmers and ranchers this year, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr. told a House subcommittee last week.


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Four steps to producing quality baleage https://wlj.net/article-26-four-steps-to-producing-quality-baleage.html Four steps to producing quality baleage
“Wet storage of forages in the form of baleage offers several benefits to growers. First, baleage reduces the time needed between cutting and baling,” said Probert. “This allows harvest to occur when it might not be possible to get hay fully cured during cool, wet weather.


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Don’t wait to control those noxious weeds this spring https://wlj.net/article-26-don%25E2%2580%2599t-wait-to-control-those-noxious-weeds-this-spring.html Don’t wait to control those noxious weeds this spring
With warmer than average temperatures across the country, landowners need to get their noxious weeds under control earlier than ever this season. Control logistics are making this a challenge, however, said Paul Johnson, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Weed Science Coordinator.


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ISU provides research update on the use of pyrethroids in heifers https://wlj.net/article-26-isu-provides-research-update-on-the-use-of-pyrethroids-in-heifers.html ISU provides research update on the use of pyrethroids in heifers
Many producers and veterinarians in the beef industry utilize pyrethroidbased insecticide products to improve productivity in cow/calf operations by eliminating potential insectborne diseases. However, in a 2012 Beef Magazine article, potential links were drawn between use of pyrethroids and negative effects on beef bull reproductive health.


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USDA announces veterinary loan repayment funding https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-announces-veterinary-loan-repayment-funding.html USDA announces veterinary loan repayment funding
“Veterinarians are critical to America’s food safety and security, as well as to the health and well-being of both animals and humans,” said NIFA Administrator, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy.


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Missouri producers say 'no' to state checkoff https://wlj.net/article-26-missouri-producers-say-no-to-state-checkoff.html Missouri producers say 'no' to state checkoff
The vote came after Fordyce approved a petition last December to conduct a referendum of Missouri cattle producers, at the request of the Missouri Beef Industry Council and pursuant to section 275.352 RSMo as amended, to establish a $1-per-head state beef checkoff assessment.


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We’re keeping the heifers and the cows https://wlj.net/article-35-we%25E2%2580%2599re-keeping-the-heifers-and-the-cows.html We’re keeping the heifers and the cows
Over the next 50 to 60 days, there will be a lot of bulls turned out to cover the nation’s spring-calving herd. The recent USDA inventory report claims herd expansion is still the trend, although the trend is indicating a slowdown after two aggressive years of heifer retention.


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Kay's Korner - Attack of the algorithms https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - Attack of the algorithms
They must also be clearly and fairly regulated by a body outside the industry that produces those goods. Only then can market participants trust that the market mechanisms are working properly and not, even unwittingly, favoring one group over another.


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Beef Talk - The goal is 97 percent live calves https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - The goal is 97 percent live calves
The historical North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association calving data summarized through the CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System) program sponsored by the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service indicate that 3.7 percent of the calves born do not make weaning.


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Pasture Management - Solutions for naked lands https://wlj.net/article-35-pasture-management.html Pasture Management - Solutions for naked lands
After a rewarding trip to Tanzania, Africa for 30 days teaching people simple ways to grow healthy food using very little money, I became the student. An older African fellow stated that before modern agriculture, people lived much longer.


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Vet's Perspective - Toxic plants of western states https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Toxic plants of western states
No livestock species is excluded from potential toxin overload, and economic losses due to toxic plant ingestion accounts for approximately 5 percent of annual fatalities and illnesses. Losses result from organ failure, reproductive inefficiency, decreased weight gain, birth defects, and many other factors.


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Futures fall to limit down on Monday https://wlj.net/article-14-futures-fall-to-limit-down-on-monday.html Futures fall to limit down on Monday
Losses on both CME live and feeder cattle futures early last week has made buyers extremely cautious. Last Monday saw limit down trading in the live cattle futures when the April prices fell by the CME daily limit of 3 cents to $1.28 per pound. Cattle futures also saw a downturn, falling 3 cents to $1.


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Heed past successes or suffer future failure https://wlj.net/article-26-heed-past-successes-or-suffer-future-failure.html Heed past successes or suffer future failure
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.


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Congressional hearings focus on ESA issues https://wlj.net/article-26-congressional-hearings-focus-on-esa-issues.html Congressional hearings focus on ESA issues
A recent rule finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will change the regulations for designating critical habitat.


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Senate votes for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund https://wlj.net/article-26-senate-votes-for-permanent-reauthorization-of-the-land-and-water-conservation-fund.html Senate votes for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Senate included a provision to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Energy Security and Research Bill (S. 2012) passed last Wednesday. The funding, in the amount of $900 million, requires that not less than 40 percent of LWCF money be spent on federal acquisitions.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Managerial reviews do not imply a cause and effect; rather, they offer observations and thoughts that lead to future efforts.


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Prepare for the spring cattle breeding season https://wlj.net/article-26-prepare-for-the-spring-cattle-breeding-season.html Prepare for the spring cattle breeding season
April is here, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about the spring breeding season. One key factor is making sure the herd sire or sires are up to the task.


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