WLJ - Opinion https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-opinion.html Tue, 04 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Humbled https://wlj.net/article-35-humbled.html Humbled
The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) held their annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, to acknowledge and critique member publications and get to know colleagues who communicate to livestock producers around the nation. This group has been around for a while.


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Kay's Korner - “Born and Raised” labeling exists https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - “Born and Raised” labeling exists
Back in the early 2000s , when the battle to introduce mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) was raging, California rancher Carolyn Carey quietly took the issue into her own hands. Rather than supporting mandatory COOL, she introduced a “Born and Raised in the USA” program and label that was approved for most meat and poultry species.



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Beef Talk - Grazing systems are major land resource areas https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Grazing systems are major land resource areas
Every rancher needs to ask three questions: “How many acres does one need?” “What is the stocking rate or carrying capacity of those acres?” and “How many grazing months are available?” The profitability and sustainability of the ranch are embedded in understanding grazing systems and getting the answers correct.


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Helping restaurants sell more steak https://wlj.net/article-35-helping-restaurants-sell-more-steak.html Helping restaurants sell more steak
So how are we helping restaurant operators sell more beef? Our checkoff created an infographic to help explain. In a nutshell, the number of people eating steak at dinner (in my neck of the woods, that’s supper!) is growing.


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Leadership challenge https://wlj.net/article-35-leadership-challenge.html Leadership challenge
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) set some lofty goals a couple weeks ago at their mid-year meeting in Denver. They released their new Long Range Plan (LRP) for the beef industry, as they have done every five years since 1990.


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DID YOU KNOW - Tenderness always key factor in consumer demand https://wlj.net/article-35-did-you-know.html DID YOU KNOW - Tenderness always key factor in consumer demand
On my bucket list was eating at a quaint old hotel in the Flint Hills known for quality steaks. So I met an old friend, ordered a glass of Merlot and a USDA Prime but otherwise unbranded sirloin. When the steak arrived, flavor was outstanding, juiciness great—but it was so tough I did what I have never done before and sent it back to the kitchen.


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Consumers have questions; BQA is your answer https://wlj.net/article-35-consumers-have-questions-bqa-is-your-answer.html Consumers have questions; BQA is your answer
It is clear that consumers are asking more questions than ever about where their food comes from and how it is raised and the use of antibiotics is at the forefront of the consumer’s mind.


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Constant motion - U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef's first meeting https://wlj.net/article-35-constant-motion.html Constant motion - U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef's first meeting
The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef held their first general assembly meeting last week in Denver during the NCBA midyear meeting. They have a basic operational structure nailed down and are open for business. Now they need to develop a plan to measure the industry.


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Beef Talk - Pounds, efficiency, quality https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Pounds, efficiency, quality
Pounds, efficiency and quality are three simple words, but in reality, there is nothing simple about understanding these three words. Many producers see understanding pounds as simple: Produce the maximum possible. But living things do not do well at the extremes, so maximum brings additional problems.


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Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
File that under the “highly unlikely to ain’t-gonna-happen,” category, but stay with me. If every single backgrounder and cattle feeder decided they weren’t going to purchase “high risk” calves; if they refused to take unweaned, unvaccinated calves, that’s virtually what would happen.


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Feeder fears and trade tactics https://wlj.net/article-35-feeder-fears-and-trade-tactics.html Feeder fears and trade tactics
Reports are claiming one of the best grass summers in memory across the midwestern states. This has dried up summer culling and delayed beef sales. In addition, heifer retention is on the up-trend, keeping summer beef sales lower than projected.


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Beef Talk - Pounds of calf weaned per acre https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Pounds of calf weaned per acre
[Author’s note: This Beef- Talk concerns pounds of beef produced per acre utilizing two different types of cattle to help demonstrate what pounds of calf weaned per acre means. The information presented, at this point, is an example of production data reflecting pounds of calf weaned per acre.


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Vet's Perspective - Foot rot therapy and prevention https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Foot rot therapy and prevention
Many areas of the western states have recently seen a tremendous amount of rainfall accompanied by slick and muddy conditions. Our livestock have no choice (in most circumstances) but to stand and travel amid standing water and muck as well as rough and stony ground.


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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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