WLJ - Opinion https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-opinion.html Sat, 04 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 FMD round two https://wlj.net/article-35-fmd-round-two.html FMD round two
We have one of those rare times when every organization representing agriculture agrees on an issue. The Obama administration announced last week that they will start to allow 14 regions of Brazil and Argentina to export fresh and frozen beef to the U.


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Beef Talk - May calving is productive https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - May calving is productive
But even without major tweaking, at least for the center, those May-born calves are holding their own. Last year, the center’s beef herd may have started 100 pounds light, but the calves actually had an adjusted 205-day weight of 681 pounds.


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Kay's Korner - Price discovery silence https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - Price discovery silence
Who would have believed the discovery of live cattle prices would change so much in a decade? Or that the public cries in the 1990s over “captive supply” would be replaced by a public silence about the disappearing cash market and the preponderance...


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Notes from Alberta https://wlj.net/article-35-notes-from-alberta.html Notes from Alberta
At the CL Ranch just west of Calgary, the grass looked good to us but they said they had only an inch of rain since April. We were told if they didn’t get more rain soon it would be bone dry in 30 days. I’m happy to say that they received a good soaking the very next day.


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Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
We often click “agree to all terms” before doing a bit of online business, and rarely try to read the 15 pages of fine print. Every day we hear in 10 seconds about new drugs that may help if we don’t worry about side effects crammed into the next 20 seconds.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Growing up on a farm or ranch seemed to be the norm and something everyone did. At least that was the thinking for all those kids who grew up in the middle of the last century. Granted, not everyone wanted to stay on the home place, but regardless of where life led, the memories of those carefree days are real.


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Legally Speaking - Maryland's income tax scheme declared unconstitutional https://wlj.net/article-35-legally-speaking.html Legally Speaking - Maryland's income tax scheme declared unconstitutional
Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and now presidential candidate, filed 17 state income tax returns last year. Many Americans file multiple state income tax returns in states where they do not live or work, but where they own a business or have income-producing activities.


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Summer marketing https://wlj.net/article-35-summer-marketing.html Summer marketing
Over the next five weeks, we will witness over 500,000 head marketed through videos sales in the month of July and early August. Cattle are still trading steadily from a year ago even though the CME board has been trying to push contracts down over the past couple of months.


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Sharing my beef checkoff story https://wlj.net/article-35-sharing-my-beef-checkoff-story.html Sharing my beef checkoff story
Sarah Martin, a fifth-generation beef producer from Scammon, KS, recently drove away in a Yamaha Viking 4x4 which she won in the beef checkoff’s “Rev It Up” My ROI Checkoff challenge. Fellow beef producers, friends, family and many others voted the video she made as the grand prize winner of the eight entries.


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Guest Opinion - Agriculture advocacy is important 365 days of the year https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Agriculture advocacy is important 365 days of the year
Today’s population is two to three generations removed from farming so any opportunity to inform the general public about you and your farming practices will most likely leave a lasting impression.


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Pasture Management - One horse can ruin land, 100 cows can heal it https://wlj.net/article-35-pasture-management.html Pasture Management - One horse can ruin land, 100 cows can heal it
Grazing livestock is a function of forage removal and disturbance over time, resulting in either something positive or negative.


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Summer feeder rally? https://wlj.net/article-35-summer-feeder-rally.html Summer feeder rally?
eeder cattle markets had a nice rally last week with the August feeder cattle futures gaining nearly $4 for the week. Last Wednesday the contract finished the day at $226.77; Feb. 24 marked the low point at $196.87, so we’ve seen a 15 percent increase in the contract value.


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Beef Talk - Biosecurity confessions https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Biosecurity confessions
A shepherd is one who cares for a flock. However, a shepherd does not necessarily just care for sheep because anyone can be a shepherd by caring for those around him or her and helping as needed. That caring and helping process also is a protection process.


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Vet's Perspective - Bringing heifers into appropriate breeding condition https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Bringing heifers into appropriate breeding condition
All of our herd must be in optimal shape in order to attain prime breeding potential, but first-time heifers may have special needs. In order to create “reproduction momentum” in your herd, body condition scoring becomes paramount. A perfect world would allow for all cattle to breed and re-breed in an efficient, timely manner ever year.


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Water politics https://wlj.net/article-35-water-politics.html Water politics
Clean water is a good thing, but I’m not sure that the way the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is going about ensuring our clean water supply is a good thing. While EPA says that traditional uses of agriculture water are not affected by the new clean water rule, I have.


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DID YOU KNOW - Regional feedlot trends could dictate future quality grade profiles https://wlj.net/article-35-did-you-know.html DID YOU KNOW - Regional feedlot trends could dictate future quality grade profiles
How often we hear a grocer or restaurateur say, “What I want to buy is some of that good Midwest corn-fed beef!” Where does that come from? Part of it relates to the long history of feeding cattle there.


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Relabeling COOL https://wlj.net/article-35-relabeling-cool.html Relabeling COOL
The recent rulings with the WTO appear justified in their findings, as Canada and Mexico have been fighting the imposed rule as unfair and detrimental. The original intent of COOL was to increase the value of domestically raised beef; however, it has done the opposite.


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Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
Let’s say you really like steak. Maybe you’ve known that for decades or you only recently discovered that ideal combination of aroma, tender juiciness and flavor. Either way, this is a time when it costs more than ever to buy a steak, and it’s more likely than ever to be a great experience.


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Kay's Korner https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner
All wealth to the industry comes from consumers so it’s important to monitor retail and foodservice beef sales. There are divergent feelings among analysts about whether beef demand has gotten stronger or weaker in the past year, and I’ll leave it to them to fight it out.


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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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