WLJ - All News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-2-1-all-news.html Sat, 19 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 What is a seasonal low? https://wlj.net/article-14-what-is-a-seasonal-low.html What is a seasonal low?
“On average, on the long term, the seasonal lows in the fed cattle market are in the summer quarter and that’s because we have the largest supply of slaughter steers and heifers being processed in the summer. We tend to have the high est....]]>
Markets continue down https://wlj.net/article-14-markets-continue-down.html Markets continue down
“The positive cash basis and liquidation from managed money continues to dominate the trend for fed cattle prices,” noted Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge last Thursday morning. By the end of the day, almost 81,000 head of cattle had been confirmed sold on the cash negotiated market.

Pasture values flat since 2014 https://wlj.net/article-14-pasture-values-flat-since-2014.html Pasture values flat since 2014
Since 2014, the non-food inflation rate has been roughly 3.4 percent. Yet during that time, the national average total farm real estate value (the collective value of lands and buildings) have increased only 4.4 percent from $2,950 per acre to $3,080 per acre.

Beef promotion in MT still in limbo https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-promotion-in-mt-still-in-limbo.html Beef promotion in MT still in limbo
The temporary order was issued June 21 by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, upholding a lower court ruling in a case filed by the Rancher’s-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) claiming the federal Beef Checkoff Program in Montana violates the First Amendment of the U.

OBITUARY; Tracy Colleen Anderson https://wlj.net/article-26-obituary-tracy-colleen-anderson.html OBITUARY; Tracy Colleen Anderson
Engstrand, Donna (Jim) White, and Ann Manlove; great-aunt, Bonnie Anderson; nieces, Kayla and Rylee McGiffin; cousins, Wynn and Fiona Nevin; Creighton and Brandt Nevin; Shawn, Jasmine, Sofie and Ayden Leary; Marti Anderson, and Jodi, Steve, Sydney, Rikki and Alex Baldwin; and many more extended family and friends....]]>
Beef Bits; Aug. 21 https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-bits-aug-21.html Beef Bits; Aug. 21
Kane Beef headquartered in Corpus Christi, TX, announced Aug. 15 that it is the first Texas-based company approved to export beef to China. The company is a central player in the Texas cattle industry and is expanding its presence in international markets....]]>
Last week for WOTUS comments https://wlj.net/article-26-last-week-for-wotus-comments.html Last week for WOTUS comments
Monday, Aug. 28 is the last day to submit comments on the proposal to rescind the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Comments can be submitted online at regulations.gov using the Docket ID # EPA- HQ-OW-2017-0203-0001 or by mail (see information below)..

NAFTA talks begin with letter https://wlj.net/article-26-nafta-talks-begin-with-letter.html NAFTA talks begin with letter
Three farm leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the United States last Wednesday sent a joint letter to their respective trade negotiators as talks began to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)....]]>
Wet August improves grazing prospects https://wlj.net/article-26-wet-august-improves-grazing-prospects.html Wet August improves grazing prospects
Temperatures in Oklahoma have been unseasonably cool in the first half of the month. Temperatures are forecast to be higher late in the month but will still likely remain at or below seasonal levels. Most of Oklahoma has gotten significant rain recently, generally ranging from 1....]]>
Legal Ledger; Aug. 21 https://wlj.net/article-26-legal-ledger-aug-21.html Legal Ledger; Aug. 21
Last Monday, President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the U.S. Trade Representative to consider an investigation into Chinese trade behavior....]]>
Guest opinion: Searching for the seasonal lows https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion-searching-for-the-seasonal-lows.html Guest opinion: Searching for the seasonal lows
A lot of time has been spent by a lot of people analyzing the seasonal patterns for cattle prices. Studies of the spring highs and the summer lows keep market participants guessing and the forecasters predicting, but observers note, with little success from either party.

Beef Talk: Managing drought through proper soil health https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk-managing-drought-through-proper-soil-health.html Beef Talk: Managing drought through proper soil health
That is not to say drought is manageable, but rather our response to lower moisture levels may mitigate the severity. We know beef, grass and crops require inputs, including water, to live on the land. When water is short, grass and crops will dry, soon followed by an exodus of the animals that depend on the grass and crops.

Beef … a WISE Choice! https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-%25E2%2580%25A6-a-wise-choice_.html Beef … a WISE Choice!
The Beef WISE Study adds to the growing body of research demonstrating the role of lean beef in heart-healthy diets and strong bodies. This includes another beef-checkoff funded study called BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet), and independent research DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) 2 ....]]>
Red meat exports strong in first half of 2017 https://wlj.net/article-14-red-meat-exports-strong-in-first-half-of-2017.html Red meat exports strong in first half of 2017
U.S. beef and pork exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a very strong first half of the year. According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), exports also achieved higher values on a per-head-slaughtered basis and accounted for a steadyto-higher percentage of total production....]]>
Rural incomes consistently below urban incomes https://wlj.net/article-14-rural-incomes-consistently-below-urban-incomes.html Rural incomes consistently below urban incomes
In 2015, the median household income for rural (nonmetro) counties rose to $44,212, a 3.4 percent increase over the prior year. This was the second year in a row of rising real (adjusted for inflation) income for the median rural household, ending 6 years of income declines during and after the Great Recession of 2007-09....]]>
Saber rattling shakes cattle markets https://wlj.net/article-14-saber-rattling-shakes-cattle-markets.html Saber rattling shakes cattle markets
Last week quickly dashed early optimism. On Monday morning, predictions were for a steady to stronger cash market. Near limit-down trade in near-term futures contracts and triple-digit losses in deferred contracts on Monday scuttled those hopes however.

Reports stoke fed cattle supply fears https://wlj.net/article-14-reports-stoke-fed-cattle-supply-fears.html Reports stoke fed cattle supply fears
“Some cattle numbers crunchers believe August is the timeframe for peak market-ready fed cattle supplies, while others steadfastly predict September/October encases a ‘wall’ of fed cattle that will take the market down hard, regardless of front-end currentness,” commented Cassie Fish of the Beef Report last Tuesday....]]>
Australian beef exports up for first time in 24 months https://wlj.net/article-14-australian-beef-exports-up-for-first-time-in-24-months.html Australian beef exports up for first time in 24 months
Australian beef exports in July totaled just under 93,000 metric tons (mt) shipped weight—a 9 percent increase year-on-year. While the rise was off a low base from year-ago levels, this marks the first year-on-year increase in Australian beef exports in 24 months, according to Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)....]]>
Beef bits: Aug. 14 https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-bits-aug-14.html Beef bits: Aug. 14
JBS SA announced Aug. 3 that it has hired Alfred “Al” Almanza as global director of food safety and quality assurance....]]>
DOI alters sage-grouse plan https://wlj.net/article-26-doi-alters-sage-grouse-plan.html DOI alters sage-grouse plan
In the ongoing saga to effectively manage habitat for greater sage-grouse, a Department of Interior (DOI) Sage-grouse Review Team (Team) presented a report to DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke outlining possible modifications to previous conservation plans and policies.

Ignored law a game-changer? Frog case could set precedent https://wlj.net/article-26-ignored-law-a-game-changer-frog-case-could-set-precedent.html Ignored law a game-changer? Frog case could set precedent
Three plaintiffs—the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), the California Wool Growers Association (CWGA), and the California Farm Bureau Federation—filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on July 31. The case alleges the USFWS “failed to comply” with the Regulatory Flexibility Act when it designated over 1.

NAFTA along the Rio Grande https://wlj.net/article-26-nafta-along-the-rio-grande.html NAFTA along the Rio Grande
Moving five at a time, grain trucks with double trailers pull out of the Grupo Chapa Quiroga grain elevator on the Texas side of the border and start hauling U.S. corn across the Progreso International Bridge just a stone’s throw from the grain company’s weigh station....]]>
OBITUARY: Adam Joseph McClung https://wlj.net/article-26-obituary-adam-joseph-mcclung.html OBITUARY: Adam Joseph McClung
Adam Joseph McClung, 37, of Vilonia, AR, passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock after a brief, but severe illness. He was born Feb. 11, 1980, in Conway, AR, to parents, Dickie and Marshia. On July 3, 2010, he married Chantel Powell in Little Rock, AR....]]>
Tax credit for R&D https://wlj.net/article-26-tax-credit-for-rd.html Tax credit for R&D
Since the 1980s, Section 41 of the tax code has provided a credit to a business that increases its research and development (R&D) expenditures. The tax credit applies to businesses that conduct scientific testing, including biological research, and do so with a process of experimentation to develop new or improved performance or reliability....]]>
Tips for low-stress calf weaning https://wlj.net/article-26-tips-for-low-stress-calf-weaning.html Tips for low-stress calf weaning
Weaning is a stressful time for calves. This stress can contribute to reduced feed and water intake, which results in poor nutrition. The added stress of weaning can also depress the immune system, leading to greater risk for sickness and death....]]>
Poll: Tax reform needed for farmers https://wlj.net/article-26-poll-tax-reform-needed-for-farmers.html Poll: Tax reform needed for farmers
The survey conducted by Morning Consult (http://tinyurl.com/AFBF-TaxReform) on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) found that seven out of 10 voters agreed passing tax reform legislation should be a priority for Congress....]]>
Legal Ledger: Aug. 14 https://wlj.net/article-26-legal-ledger-aug-14.html Legal Ledger: Aug. 14
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) announced a new lawsuit last week over the national monument review, and issued a letter “raising concerns” about how Washington has handled its wolf conservation and management....]]>
ODFW to take lethal action for Harl Butte wolf attacks https://wlj.net/article-26-odfw-to-take-lethal-action-for-harl-butte-wolf-attacks.html ODFW to take lethal action for Harl Butte wolf attacks
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) said in a press release that wildlife managers intend to remove some of the adult wolves in northeast Oregon’s Harl Butte pack to limit further livestock losses as non-lethal measures and hazing have not been successful in limiting wolf depredations....]]>
Perdue: Delay WOTUS-related case https://wlj.net/article-26-perdue-delay-wotus-related-case.html Perdue: Delay WOTUS-related case
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last Monday said that, in light of an effort to rewrite the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, he’s hopeful the federal government can hold off on a lawsuit against a California wheat farmer who faces $2....]]>
Coming home from fair https://wlj.net/article-26-coming-home-from-fair.html Coming home from fair
Here are some basic biosecurity steps to protect show animals and those that were left at home after the fair has ended: • Keep animals that were at the fair separate from animals that were not for 28-30 days. If at all possible, do not allow nose-to-nose contact and provide as much distance between animals as possible....]]>