WLJ - Opinion https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-opinion.html Mon, 30 May 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 The big experiment - The big experiment https://wlj.net/article-35-the-big-experiment.html The big experiment - The big experiment
A couple months ago the Utah legislators in the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee passed HB276, The Utah Public Lands Act, which would create the Utah Division of Land Management.


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Beef Talk - Producers worry, calves survive https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Producers worry, calves survive
For most, I doubt that you do because we all should know that a fish out of water dies. Perhaps it took a sad day growing up, when the goldfish was found at the bottom of the bowl, to realize someone did not hold up his or her commitment to the fish and provide water.


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Guest Opinion - Fuzzy language https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Fuzzy language
There are many words we use every day that somehow defy precise definition. Turning those fuzzy words over to the government to set food standards is a big mistake. Two words under consideration for definition by the FDA are “natural” and “healthy.


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Vet's Perspective https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective
One of the “small” but very important aspects of nutrition involves adequate mineral intake. Minerals are solid chemical compounds that when given in proper amounts will interact with normal biological processes in the body in order to maintain nerve function, digestion, hormone control, and several other pathways.


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Quality sells https://wlj.net/article-35-quality-sells.html Quality sells
Having another marketing option available will be exciting to watch but the big question mark is: Will the Southern Plains feeders use it? They have cited transaction costs as their main motivation for using the formula pricing system. It will be key for this new market to establish a certain amount of volume to make this thing work.


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Guest Opinion - EPA's astounding takeover of state water law https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - EPA's astounding takeover of state water law
In a stunning display of federal overreach, on March 1, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Service (collectively EPA) issued a “Scientific Investigations Report” draft report arguing that the Clean Water Act (CWA) can also be used to regulate the amount of water in the nation’s rivers and streams.


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Letter to the editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letter-to-the-editor.html Letter to the editor
Serious divisiveness among Klamath Irrigation District (KID) board of directors is mirrored by equally serious divisiveness occurring within the Flathead Joint Board of Control (FJBC) located upon the Flathead Indian Reservation. The issue in common, of course, is water and who controls it.


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The good and the bad https://wlj.net/article-35-the-good-and-the-bad.html The good and the bad
It hasn’t been much fun to sit back and watch the cattle market erode, especially after such a tremendous high last fall. Now that the markets have fallen, it appears that they are looking for the summer low; where they go, no one really knows. But, at these levels, we’re going to have to figure out how to make this thing work again.


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Guest Opinion - Conspiracy theories sell papers, but hurt producers https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Conspiracy theories sell papers, but hurt producers
Your recent story (“More troubled waters on the Klamath,” May 2) on challenges facing the Klamath Irrigation District (KID), while certainly well-intended, is unfortunately flawed. That is because it relies on information provided by the individual who makes himself the centerpiece of the article; Larry Kogan, a New York City attorney.


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Letter to the editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letter-to-the-editor.html Letter to the editor
I am writing in response to your recent article (“More Troubled Waters on the Klamath,” May 2), which appears to rely heavily on the perspective of Larry Kogan, an East Coast attorney recently hired on by the Klamath Irrigation District (KID).


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Beef Talk - Urgent: Obtain a well-balanced mineral program with magnesium now! https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Urgent: Obtain a well-balanced mineral program with magnesium now!
The recent moisture and heat has the grass growing; these are happy notes but with a dark side. Fast-growing, lush grass may not have enough magnesium (Mg) within its rapidly growing stems and leaves to meet the daily requirement for Mg in the lactating cow.


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Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
“I’ll just DVR it,” someone might say if they can’t make plans to be in front of the television when their favorite show or special report is scheduled to air. It’s become something of a verb, like suggesting you do an internet web search by “Googling it.


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Another checkoff challenge https://wlj.net/article-35-another-checkoff-challenge.html Another checkoff challenge
Here we go again. Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) just filed suit against USDA citing First Amendment free speech rights over the Montana Beef Council’s advertising efforts to promote beef. Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF, and our old friend, J.


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Did You Know - Highest. Quality. Beef. Ever? https://wlj.net/article-35-did-you-know.html Did You Know - Highest. Quality. Beef. Ever?
All agree the real driver of beef demand is its unique flavor, and marbling drives flavor. This key component of quality grade has grown in the last few years, to where the U.S. beef industry is probably producing the best eating experience in its history.


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Guest Opinion - Beating up on red meat https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Beating up on red meat
Denmark proposed a tax on all beef sold in the country in order to discourage beef production and consumption. The tax was an offset to their notion of the contribution cattle raising made to global warming from cattle as methane producers.


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OBITUARIES https://wlj.net/article-35-obituaries.html OBITUARIES
Ritchie was born Aug. 3, 1935 to Donald and Irma (Johanson) Ritchie in Storm Lake, IA, where he grew up on a general livestock farm. Upon graduation from Albert City High School in 1953, he enrolled in Iowa State University (ISU) where he received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry.


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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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Branding season https://wlj.net/article-35-branding-season.html Branding season
It seems that most of what we do in the cattle business happens in seasons. I just finished up my spring bull sale season and after traveling tens of thousands of miles from Idaho to North Dakota (and not uncommon to do so in a three-day stretch) I was able to spend some time.




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Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
Here’s a riddle: What does the Klamath Basin area, the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the African country of Zimbabwe have in common? Answer: Government reform and intentional harassment of farmers end food production, and—in Zimbabwe’s case— bring starvation.


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Growing Supplies https://wlj.net/article-35-growing-supplies.html Growing Supplies
boxed beef cutout values moved sharply higher last week to $224.43, which is signaling the start of the spring rally. Packers have also started to increase slaughter levels in preparation for the upcoming demand. This seasonal trend should allow cattle feeders to CROW.


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Beef Talk - Are you feeding and keeping an eye on the bulls? https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Are you feeding and keeping an eye on the bulls?
Bull docility often is mentioned as a critical talking point when bulls are bought, but it’s often simply accepted once they are unloaded at home. Never trust a bull! That is a story in itself, but the point today is the current bull inventory and the condition of the bulls.


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Guest Opinion - Of primaries and prime rib https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Of primaries and prime rib
start in more ways than one. Not only is seasonal beef demand experiencing great difficulty in locating the first rung on the ladder to Memorial Day, neither one of our major political parties seems to be making real progress in crowning a presidential nominee....]]>
Spring caution flag is up https://wlj.net/article-35-spring-caution-flag-is-up.html Spring caution flag is up
Looking at the cattle futures markets down the road, it’s a little hard to get excited about feeder cattle through summer and fall. The June live cattle contract was at $132 and August is trading at $117.65. We need to see a good rally on the futures and cash markets so cattle feeders.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
The traditional thought process embedded in generations of beef producers would not acknowledge the countercultural role. Cow/ calf production has been anchored by strong ties to the land, which change very slowly. Those who depend on the land approach life in the same way; “stability” would be a good word.


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Guest Opinion - Weighing in https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Weighing in
Historic and seasonal trends are important for reference points testing current price and production trends against a historical perspective. Fortunes have been made and lost trading on information provided by datasets from the past and staking bets accordingly.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Because labor, facilities and equipment are fiscally resource-heavy, the Dickinson Research Extension Center, in 2012, decided to take the jump and place cows on pasture to calve....]]>