WLJ - Livestock Industry Opinions https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-livestock-industry-opinions.html Sat, 03 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Kay's Korner - Steak sales lead the way https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - Steak sales lead the way
Now that Thanksgiving turkeys are out of the way, it’s time to fire up the grill again and enjoy a delicious steak. That’s what Americans have been doing all year and will continue to do well into next year.


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Docility: performance or convenience trait? https://wlj.net/article-35-docility-performance-or-convenience-trait.html Docility: performance or convenience trait?
As calving season approaches, many ranchers look forward to the newborns that represent hours of studying sire summaries and bull catalogs. For all the optimism, however, there’s one source of lingering dread: the cow or cows that you know should have been culled due to attitude.


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Beef Talk - A basic question: What is the unit of production? https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - A basic question: What is the unit of production?
Embedded in that question is the need to control costs. However, the fiscal focus points do change, depending on what phase of the beef system with which an individual is involved. These focus points are very evident when the differences between the acre-based cow/ calf producer are compared with the individual animal based point of harvest.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
As the beef industry looks forward and market prices continue to squeeze the cow/calf producer, the questions of cost control certainly surface. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, the cost spread in the limited number of production systems the center can study is $300....]]>
Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
“Suppose we could only make 1 million cars. If the auto industry was limited for some reason, what would they do? Would they make small, cheap vehicles or big, premium, expensive cars?” An industry observer asked that question at a cattle feeders’ meeting this summer....]]>
Letter to the Editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letter-to-the-editor.html Letter to the Editor
ballot. The aim was to prevent special interest groups from only consulting the generally liberal, urban voters in metropolitan areas on issues that would impact the entire state. It additionally required such proposed amendments pass with a 55 percent majority rather than a simple majority....]]>
Land transfer agenda threatens public lands, state budgets https://wlj.net/article-35-land-transfer-agenda-threatens-public-lands-state-budgets.html Land transfer agenda threatens public lands, state budgets
That’s just one segment of our cherished way of life that was on the line during the recent election. To folks on the coasts, it may seem insignificant, but to most people in the Rocky Mountain West, these are integral parts of our heritage. And it was on our minds in the ballot box....]]>
Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
of a particular breed is key to embracing any particular type of cattle. Interestingly, each producer had gotten past the early introduction issues of a newer breed of cattle and finally moved herds of to a predominately Salers base. Patience with an eye on a focused goal was critical....]]>
Magnetic value https://wlj.net/article-35-magnetic-value.html Magnetic value
Foreign objects ingested by cattle make their way into the animal’s rumen and reticulum. Sometimes, the animal’s body will push the objects into the peritoneal cavity, causing severe inflammation (hardware disease). In extreme cases, a sharp, metal object can damage the animal’s abdomen wall and pierce the heart sac, causing pericarditis....]]>
Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
Your limit could be “knowing” what is not so. Folks in harsh environments often resort to operating herds of “tough” cattle that can take whatever nature dishes out— but also maintain a tough profile when chefs try to create a beef dish for consumers.....]]>
Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
My family and I closed a chapter in our lives when we sold the last piece of our ranch just outside of Midland, TX. My grandchildren were the sixth generation to have the privilege of taking care of that piece of the world....]]>
Kay's Korner https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner
Like many of you, I’ve eaten many diff e r e n t types of beef during my lifetime. The first was grass-fed beef from Hereford-Holstein crosses that my family raised on the South Island of New Zealand. Understandably, it counts as some of the best beef I’ve enjoyed....]]>
Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
Although she has served as a passionate surrogate for Clinton throughout the fall, she aggressively moved to circle her own wagons in such a way last month to suggest real doubt about exactly who will prevail on Nov. 8. Specifically, the First Lady fortified her cherished White House vegetable garden with concrete, stone and steel....]]>
The “Affordable” Care Act https://wlj.net/article-35-the-%25E2%2580%259Caffordable%25E2%2580%259D-care-act.html The “Affordable” Care Act

Many times a potential advertiser will call and not be able to, for whatever reason, identify what they’d like their ad to say. In most of these situations, I’ll ask general questions about their operation, what they’re trying to sell, and if they’ve seen ads in the past that they’ve liked or, more importantly, disliked.



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How the beef value chain works https://wlj.net/article-35-how-the-beef-value-chain-works.html How the beef value chain works

When cattle prices erratically head lower, it’s easy to take issue with reports of higher packer margins or retail beef prices that still seem relatively high. But in a volatile market, the segments along beef’s supply chain often see much above- or below-average returns.



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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
If the bull was turned out June 1, the second trimester of the cows’ pregnancy starts early to mid-September and the third trimester starts Dec. 12. Thus, the last week in September starts a positive opportunity to position the cows for calving and rebreeding next year....]]>
It’s inflated retail prices, stupid https://wlj.net/article-35-it%25E2%2580%2599s-inflated-retail-prices-stupid.html It’s inflated retail prices, stupid
When the country-fried Machiavellian named James Carville was advising future President Bill Clinton to stay on message and cut to the core worry of voters in 1992, he developed a mantra for the campaign to chant its way to victory: “It’s the economy, stupid.


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Too much milk or too much cow? https://wlj.net/article-35-too-much-milk-or-too-much-cow.html Too much milk or too much cow?
It’s the expansion phase for the North American beef cow herd. For most farmers and ranchers, that means finding ways to increase the number of cows rather than the size of each. And of course, everybody’s talking about size— makes sense when you think about the escalating annual cost of keeping an average cow on the place.


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There are no easy solutions in the West https://wlj.net/article-35-there-are-no-easy-solutions-in-the-west.html There are no easy solutions in the West
Although it seems like I’m still brand new, November will mark the end of my first year as Executive Director of the Public Lands Council. It will also mark my first time notching 100,000 miles of air travel in a single year....]]>
Losing leverage https://wlj.net/article-35-losing-leverage.html Losing leverage
There was plenty of blame to go around as cattle owners assess their positions in a market that can’t find a bottom. Some advanced the notion that computerized trading in the futures was responsible for the large drop in prices. Others faulted formula selling....]]>
Legally Speaking https://wlj.net/article-35-legally-speaking.html Legally Speaking
Since 1918, the Tax Code has provided for the net operating loss carryover (NOL). It is a fundamental feature of U.S. tax law. According to IRS statistics, in 2014 over 1.2 million taxpayers filed for an NOL deduction, with the average amount being $163,292 for a total amount of $196....]]>
Building beef demand with educational resources for retailers https://wlj.net/article-35-building-beef-demand-with-educational-resources-for-retailers.html Building beef demand with educational resources for retailers
I’ve had many roles over my lifetime, but the one I’m most proud of is the 30-plus years that I’ve spent in the livestock-auction market business....]]>
BQA is my story… what’s yours? https://wlj.net/article-35-bqa-is-my-story%25E2%2580%25A6-what%25E2%2580%2599s-yours.html BQA is my story… what’s yours?
Becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment....]]>
Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
Never before has the agriculture industry faced as many challenges as we do today, and they are not expected to subside anytime soon. We have all seen the statistics: 9 billion people by 2050. Feeding this increased population will require at least a 60 percent increase in agricultural productivity....]]>
Letter to the editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letter-to-the-editor.html Letter to the editor
In the article on Sept. 23, 2016, “NCBA files for intervener status in checkoff case,” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) made false statements regarding the beef checkoff audits. Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) would like to set the record straight....]]>
Advocates of ESA abuse continue to stifle reform https://wlj.net/article-35-advocates-of-esa-abuse-continue-to-stifle-reform.html Advocates of ESA abuse continue to stifle reform
Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was intended to prevent the extinction of species through recovery and removal from the threatened and endangered list. However, after more than four decades, the ESA is failing with a recovery and delisting rate of less than 2 percent.


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Kay's Korner: Beef faces pork challenge https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner-beef-faces-pork-challenge.html Kay's Korner: Beef faces pork challenge
Not many people in the beef industry would prefer a pork chop to a beef ribeye, but consumers aren’t that faithful to one protein or another. While they have preferences, their choice of meat in the grocery store is often determined by price and how much meat their dollars will buy.


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Black Ink: Retrospective https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink-retrospective.html Black Ink: Retrospective
Some of my first assignments included writing about what the “prediction of $4 corn” would do to cattle management and the possibility of camera grading in U.S. packing plants. Many Reiman-authored articles circa 2006 or 2007 talk of “marbling as a lifetime event.


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Letter to the Editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letter-to-the-editor.html Letter to the Editor
I appreciate your interest in investigating and resolving unauthorized grazing practices. As the Director of the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), I am entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing a 3.


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Decreasing markets are a good time to ponder https://wlj.net/article-35-decreasing-markets-are-a-good-time-to-ponder.html Decreasing markets are a good time to ponder
Following is one such note: “I read with interest a recent column of yours dealing with selling calves in the fall at the same weights year after year despite the increasing overall carcass weights. The point of this email, though, is to question what the other alternatives are.


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