WLJ - Opinion https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-opinion.html Thu, 28 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Repeal COOL https://wlj.net/article-35-repeal-cool.html Repeal COOL
It was quite a week for Country of Origin Labeling. The World Trade Organization (WTO) came out with their final ruling over the legality of COOL. Mexico and Canada had filed complaints with the WTO in 2012 and forced the USDA to come up with another rule.


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Time to vote for your Rev It Up favorite https://wlj.net/article-35-time-to-vote-for-your-rev-it-up-favorite.html Time to vote for your Rev It Up favorite
Short phrases sometimes say a mouthful. For example: beef checkoff. Those two simple words amount to a return of $11.20 worth for every dollar that beef producers and importers invest! That’s not just a mouthful, that’s a fistful, and something worth shouting about.


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Tax Topics https://wlj.net/article-35-tax-topics.html Tax Topics
I grew up working on large cattle ranches in Lewistown, MT. As a financial advisor for over 25 years, I’ve spent much of my time working with agricultural families. In my experience, farmers and ranchers are hard-working, industrious, self-reliant and frugal individuals.


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Government rant https://wlj.net/article-35-government-rant.html Government rant
Congress pushed back at the Environmental Protection Agency last week with legislation that would force them to back off their proposed rule redefining the Waters of the U.S., also known as WOTUS. The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act passed the House last.


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Your expertise https://wlj.net/article-35-your-expertise.html Your expertise
Earlier this year I sat in on a presentation given by a “grill master,” who personally owns and uses 36 different grills. Trust me when I say he’s a professional. He said there are four keys to the perfect steak: good equipment; good meat; good seasoning; and good instructions.


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Pain management for livestock https://wlj.net/article-35-pain-management-for-livestock.html Pain management for livestock
Animal welfare has grown from providing adequate food, water and shelter to also managing pain control before, during and after procedures and aging changes. Managing pain control during common procedures such as dehorning, branding, and castration, as well as treating chronic lameness and acute injuries, are rapidly becoming more prevalent.


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Did you know: The incentive for feeding cattle longer https://wlj.net/article-35-did-you-know-the-incentive-for-feeding-cattle-longer.html Did you know: The incentive for feeding cattle longer
Some trends in the cattle industry we can predict but others surprise us—like the magnitude of the upswing in cattle prices over the past few years. But when grain prices slumped in 2014 and cattle prices headed still higher, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that we starting adding days on feed (DOF) to feedlot cattle.


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Respectful communication https://wlj.net/article-35-respectful-communication.html Respectful communication
When I listen to arguments, I often find myself running mental commentary on the communication strategies used by the speakers to sway the other side. As I’ve watched the “conversation” over Waters of the U.S....]]>
Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Agricultural producers often experience feelings of uncertainty that are sourced in many day-to-day issues. The biggest uncertainty is the weather. Those operations that push the limit for production will experience greater uncertainty than those that target production to the long-term average....]]>
We are committed to a low-stress cattle handling environment https://wlj.net/article-35-we-are-committed-to-a-low-stress-cattle-handling-environment.html We are committed to a low-stress cattle handling environment
As the checkoff’s 2015 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Cow/Calf Award winner, for us, BQA and ranching is a family affair. We strive to teach our four children proper BQA techniques and provide them with every opportunity to expand their own knowledge....]]>
TPA and TPP needed https://wlj.net/article-35-tpa-and-tpp-needed.html TPA and TPP needed
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.


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Vet's Perspective - Horse colic and care https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Horse colic and care
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.


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Kay's Korner - Grilled, smoked or seared https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - Grilled, smoked or seared
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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A complex market https://wlj.net/article-35-a-complex-market.html A complex market
I think it’s a fieldman’s disease, but every spring we all feel compelled to get in the car and drive thousands of miles in the course of a week or two to attend bull sales, which have been remarkable this year. And everyone seems to want heifer bulls.


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Did you know every dollar invested returns $11.20? https://wlj.net/article-35-did-you-know-every-dollar-invested-returns-%25241120.html Did you know every dollar invested returns $11.20?
Can you think of an investment that returns your money at an 11 to 1 ratio? I can, and it’s our beef checkoff! Did you know that in the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr.


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Beef Talk - Cattle deserve a professional herd-health program https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Cattle deserve a professional herd-health program
The initial key to a good herd-health program is to develop a good working relationship with the local veterinarian and implement appropriate herd-health practices. More than likely, an early point to a herd-health conversation regarding good herd health is herd biosecurity.


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Pasture Management - Why monitor your pasture management? https://wlj.net/article-35-pasture-management.html Pasture Management - Why monitor your pasture management?
If you don’t know w h a t changes are occurring, how can you prevent or fix problems? It doesn’t matter if it’s your budget, equipment, land, family, or personal health, some monitoring effort should be formalized to help prevent and fix problems.


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Reality management https://wlj.net/article-35-reality-management.html Reality management
This all makes sense since beef cattle prices are still at levels many of us never dreamed of seeing. The difference from 2013-2014 raised nearly $100/cwt. in most weight classes, and the added capital has had a very interesting effect on the bull buyers in this industry.


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BQA benefits entire industry https://wlj.net/article-35-bqa-benefits-entire-industry.html BQA benefits entire industry
A checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training prepares a producer for certification or recertification, but beyond that, why is producer involvement in this program so important? There are several benefits to both the producer and to our industry as a whole.


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Guest Opinion - Earth Day 2050 https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Earth Day 2050
The American public has the potential for having the highest quality of life in the world. A major reason for this is due to the Green Revolution that began in the 1950s which involved the introduction of genetically superior, disease-resistant...


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Can you say 'volatility?' https://wlj.net/article-35-can-you-say-volatility.html Can you say 'volatility?'
A lot can happen in 90 days in these cattle markets. April live cattle futures crashed down to $144 at the end of December and now they have rallied back to $161. And the cash market is very near its record high of $173. As of last Thursday, feeders were offering cattle at $170 and packers have


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Vet's Perspective - Tritrichomonas: a silent infection https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Tritrichomonas: a silent infection
A fairly common infectious disease, Tritrichomonas foetus is a protozoan that can wreak havoc on the reproductive capacity in your herd. The microorganism is slightly larger than a red blood cell, and resides on the surface skin within the penile sheath. ...]]>
Budget politics https://wlj.net/article-35-budget-politics.html Budget politics
It’s kind of amazing that the Senate and the House have both passed budgets, since we haven’t seen a federal budget for quite some time. But there are some resolutions in this budget that should bode well for agriculture. ...]]>
Vet's Perspective - Probiotic Therapy https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Probiotic Therapy
The buzz with probiotic therapy has jumped ship from the human diet to livestock management. Human nutritionists have reported benefits in digestion and immunity. Probiotics are also known as direct-fed microbials and are a beneficial source of live strains of yeast and bacterial microorganisms. ...]]>
Kays Korner - Cattle feeding is a risky business https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kays Korner - Cattle feeding is a risky business
One look at annual cattle feeding returns since 1975 would make one wonder why anyone would want to feed cattle or own a feedlot. On the surface, the numbers suggest only 17 profitable years and 23 loss years. But the numbers (from the Livestock Marketing Information Center; LMIC) are averages based on a 750-pound steer fed on the Southern Plains. ...]]>
Vet's Perspective - Probiotic Therapy https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Probiotic Therapy
The buzz with probiotic therapy has jumped ship from the human diet to livestock management. Human nutritionists have reported benefits in digestion and immunity. Probiotics are also known as direct-fed microbials and are a beneficial source of live strains of yeast and bacterial microorganisms. ...]]>
Kays Korner - Cattle feeding is a risky business https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kays Korner - Cattle feeding is a risky business
One look at annual cattle feeding returns since 1975 would make one wonder why anyone would want to feed cattle or own a feedlot. On the surface, the numbers suggest only 17 profitable years and 23 loss years. But the numbers (from the Livestock Marketing Information Center; LMIC) are averages based on a 750-pound steer fed on the Southern Plains. ...]]>
Price discovery https://wlj.net/article-35-price-discovery.html Price discovery
Should the cattle industry be worried about the cash market for fed cattle? That question has been bugging cattle feeders for decades. But if you watch their behavior they don’t appear too concerned about the cash market since most feeders market cattle on a formula, and there. ...]]>
Price discovery https://wlj.net/article-35-price-discovery.html Price discovery
Should the cattle industry be worried about the cash market for fed cattle? That question has been bugging cattle feeders for decades. But if you watch their behavior they don’t appear too concerned about the cash market since most feeders market cattle on a formula, and there. ...]]>
Beef Talk - Can profitable beef operations go broke? https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Can profitable beef operations go broke?
There is the question: Can profitable beef operations go broke? Absolutely, is the answer. Why? For one thing, the definition of profit is misused. And the longer the wrong numbers are applied to the word “profit,” the more likely an operation can get into financial trouble. ...]]>