WLJ - Livestock Industry Opinions https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-livestock-industry-opinions.html Fri, 28 Apr 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Checkoff’s safeguarding work helps me sleep better at night https://wlj.net/article-35-checkoff%25E2%2580%2599s-safeguarding-work-helps-me-sleep-better-at-night.html Checkoff’s safeguarding work helps me sleep better at night
I’m a fourthgeneration beef producer at Y Bar Ranch near Tilden, TX. We have a cow/calf operation with F1 Braford cows and a Brahman herd. Our ranch is home to many different enterprises, as I’m sure yours is....]]>
Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
I was reminded of this the other night as I turned the corner to walk past the local recreational facility. I was met by several massive tigers. Fortunately, they each were in their cage. Long story short, I walked away. But I still was thinking that if a cage door had come open, what would I do? Let me repeat, they were big, fullgrown tigers....]]>
Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
Bull selection may have been just a week or two prior, but usually months and often years before any particular breeding season....]]>
Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Today’s agriculture is more specialized: The two dairy cows became a large modern dairy; the two sows moved to an automated farrowing center; the flock of 50 hens is now a complex of buildings housing thousands of broilers or laying hens; several......]]>
Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
I remember a situation many years ago in which a son told his “retired” father to stop interfering in the business, and he threatened to call the sheriff the next time Dad set foot on the ranch. Calling law enforcement? That sounded so extreme, I thought....]]>
Beef Talk: For every cow, add a ewe and increase net return 65 percent https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk-for-every-cow-add-a-ewe-and-increase-net-return-65-percent.html Beef Talk: For every cow, add a ewe and increase net return 65 percent
Recent Dickinson Research Extension Center sales caused me to ponder the concept of adding a sheep for every cow. The center sold market cows on March 9 for $68.24 per hundredweight (cwt.) or $995.58 per head, and a market ewe on March 13 for $71 per cwt....]]>
Guest Opinion: Drain the Public Lands Swamp! https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion-drain-the-public-lands-swamp_.html Guest Opinion: Drain the Public Lands Swamp!
for length, grammar, and flow. Its original form contains numerous parenthetical citations to specific points in the U.S. Code and to court cases. Where these citations were referenced by name in the text, they have been retained. To read the letter in its full form, go to http://rangeallotmentowners....]]>
Kay's Korner https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner
N o r t h America’s beef processing industry is littered with shuttered plants and broken dreams, as I have written in this column many times over the years. It takes a brave person or persons to enter a business that appears full of riches but is also full of risk....]]>
Guest Opinion: Is your local government prepared? https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion-is-your-local-government-prepared.html Guest Opinion: Is your local government prepared?
While that sounds wonderful, making those promises means more than a directive from Washington D.C. It means that your local governments have to take the lead in dealing with the federal agencies. Local decision making is not just for counties with federal lands, but federal decisions can impact the use of private property as well....]]>
Guest Opinion: New administration, new opportunities, same old challenges https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion-new-administration-new-opportunities-same-old-challenges.html Guest Opinion: New administration, new opportunities, same old challenges
In some ways the last two months—the first two of Donald Trump’s presidency—have whipped by in the blink of an eye. In other ways it feels like two years. Partly this phenomenon is true of any t...]]>
Politics and ag trade https://wlj.net/article-35-politics-and-ag-trade.html Politics and ag trade
Beef exports were up 25 percent with Korea and Japan both increasing purchases during recent months. The U.S. has also benefited from a drought in Australia that now is broken and Aussie producers are rebuilding their herds and have less beef to export. These are natural and fundamental factors that will always be present in global world trade....]]>
Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
He thinks about decisions that will keep him profitable here and now, but the long-term goal isn’t to retire rich. The reason he invests money, time and brainpower into better genetics and management is to leave a cow herd and ranch that the next generation will want to own....]]>
Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Land use is embedded in long-term thinking and the individual desires of those involved in farming and ranching. Agricultural production systems incorporate land eco-types, along with associated capital purchases and investment in equipment. Once these systems are implemented, change is difficult to initiate....]]>
Louie Dinklage and new placement weights https://wlj.net/article-35-louie-dinklage-and-new-placement-weights.html Louie Dinklage and new placement weights
Though Louis Dinklage has been dead for more than 30 years, his name still causes more than a few ears in feedlot country to perk up. Part of this enduring attention is understandably tied to Dinklage’s historical contribution to the development of large-scale cattle feeding....]]>
Polk and Trump at war https://wlj.net/article-35-polk-and-trump-at-war.html Polk and Trump at war
Of course, Polk’s responsibility for the Mexican War (1846-1848) has long been a benchmark of American history. On the other hand, it’s way too early in the Trump administration to know if his aggressive saber rattling will actually trigger a major trade war with our neighbor to the south....]]>
Kay's Korner: Ground beef's retail malaise https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner-ground-beefs-retail-malaise.html Kay's Korner: Ground beef's retail malaise
Ground beef is the industry’s most ubiquitous product. It accounts for 55 percent of all beef sales. At foodservice, it accounts for 63 percent of all beef sales and 37 percent of beef revenue. At retail, it accounts for 49 percent of volume and 39 percent of revenue....]]>
Swinging for the fences https://wlj.net/article-35-swinging-for-the-fences.html Swinging for the fences
As NDSU Extension’s bioenergy economics specialist, I have a particular interest in corn given its dominant role as a feedstock for U.S. ethanol production, as well as its role as a predictor for the fortunes of American farmers (including those who don’t grow the crop)....]]>
On Target: Earlier castration is better https://wlj.net/article-35-on-target-earlier-castration-is-better.html On Target: Earlier castration is better
Everybody knows bull calves sell at least $5/cwt. back of steers at weaning, and the discount grows for any still intact as yearlings. That’s because virtually all of them are bound for the feedyard, where steers are the rule. The only question revolves around when the bulls become steers....]]>
Beef Talk: An increase in beef cows requires cropland https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk-an-increase-in-beef-cows-requires-cropland.html Beef Talk: An increase in beef cows requires cropland
Current industry thoughts would indicate that the beef cow herd is expanding, but the question is, “Where?” As cattle numbers expand, one needs to ponder where and then how. Ultimately, cattle need land, and regardless of where one goes, land is a precious commodity.


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Letters to the editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letters-to-the-editor.html Letters to the editor
Something not mentioned in your comment is my wife and I were part owners in an Arizona family ranching operation for about 35 years. So we have been allotment owners ourselves. She was a fourth generation Arizona ranch girl. We sold out to a cousin a few years ago, but.


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It's all good https://wlj.net/article-35-its-all-good.html It's all good
I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. Heifers were due on pasture leases the first of May, so the family consensus was that we could not wait much more than a week for synchronized artificial insemination (AI) in early May....]]>
Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
Recently, a group has materialized claiming to be the only organization that represents the public lands rancher. This recently-formed group, which has questionable ties to public lands grazing, is advancing a compelling but dangerous theory that ranchers who hold grazing permits on public lands are not merely permittees, but allotment owners....]]>
Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
The answers seem at our fingertips, but the solutions are far off at times. The business of beef initiates within a very large, de-centralized base of independent producers. The model is good, but inherent within the vastness of environments the beef industry functions in, change is slow....]]>
Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Healthy cows are the key to a good calving season, which already is under way for some but looms fresh on the horizon for most. Sleeping with the cows may not be the total answer, but in reality, one gets a good gauge of the mood, the feel, of their contentment....]]>
Letters to the Editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letters-to-the-editor.html Letters to the Editor
Ms. Halladay, thank you for keeping ranchers in the USA informed of trends you see in the industry. In one of your articles (“Trump to USTR: Pull America out of TPP” on the cover of the Jan. 30 issue) you presented President Trump as antitrade. Maybe you can direct me to a source which contains a statement by Mr....]]>
Trying to reverse anti-trade rhetoric https://wlj.net/article-35-trying-to-reverse-anti-trade-rhetoric.html Trying to reverse anti-trade rhetoric
Fairly suddenly, it seems, Corporate America’s widespread hope for slashing taxes and regulations is “crashing into the harsh reality of a nationalist agenda focused on reducing immigration and dismantling a generation of liberalized trade rules,” according to a report this week by Politico....]]>
Selling U.S. beef to the rest of the world https://wlj.net/article-35-selling-us-beef-to-the-rest-of-the-world.html Selling U.S. beef to the rest of the world
My grandfather started the operation, and over the years, we’ve fed lambs, finished hogs and raised registered horses. All five generations, however, have worked with dairy cows, although we decided in 2014 to focus strictly on beef cattle, as well as raising meat goats and farming corn, soybeans and wheat....]]>
Beef Talk: Crossbreeding—It works for feral pigs https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk-crossbreeding%25E2%2580%2594it-works-for-feral-pigs.html Beef Talk: Crossbreeding—It works for feral pigs
Extensive research has shown positive improvement for several production traits, particularly survival traits that are lowly heritable. Interestingly, sometimes if one looks at what others are intentionally or not intentionally doing, one can learn a lot.


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On Target: Measuring a wild card https://wlj.net/article-35-on-target-measuring-a-wild-card.html On Target: Measuring a wild card
When the season’s first calves arrive, you begin to see results of your genetic decisions, perhaps eager for more or thinking about what a new bull could bring. Poring through bull catalogs and looking at expected progeny differences (EPDs), keep in mind that the environment affects what your calves are now and what they will become....]]>
Guest Opinion: The Shadow https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion-the-shadow.html Guest Opinion: The Shadow
Over the years, I’ve spun some wild market tales, including the forlorn bearish analyst of “The Longhorn” (2006), the downtrodden duo “Waiting for Godot” (2009), the motley party of card players in “Riverboat Gambler” (2012), and the doomed quartet headed to the gallows in the three-part “Grains on Death Row” series (2013), just to name a few....]]>