WLJ - Opinion https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-opinion.html Sun, 07 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Inventory builds https://wlj.net/article-35-inventory-builds.html Inventory builds
Heavy snows moved through cattle country and slowed trade and transportation to a crawl. Several packers closed plants or ran only one shift, which is more common that you think. But at press time it appeared that markets were going to move higher this week.


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Occupation turns ugly https://wlj.net/article-35-occupation-turns-ugly.html Occupation turns ugly
We always knew that the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon was not going to end well; it hasn’t ended but should soon now that someone has been killed....]]>
Black Ink: Beef the Main Feature https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink-beef-the-main-feature.html Black Ink: Beef the Main Feature
Not long ago, the news was sharply higher beef prices in a still-recovering economy. Industry insiders wondered how consumers would respond. Amid the talk of fewer retail features and penny-conscious shoppers, people still turned to beef.


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Beef Talk: Expanding genetics and electronic bull buying https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk-expanding-genetics-and-electronic-bull-buying.html Beef Talk: Expanding genetics and electronic bull buying
The process of determining the better bull brings good discussion and requires homework. Why? Simply put, years—if not decades— of visual selection based on how cattle look is the foundation of almost all breeding programs. For years, visual selection and pedigree review have been the status quo when buying bulls.


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Legally Speaking - Jurisdiction of the U.S. Tax Court https://wlj.net/article-35-legally-speaking.html Legally Speaking - Jurisdiction of the U.S. Tax Court
For most people, their encounter with the IRS ends at the audit phase: Taxpayers will often agree to pay whatever the IRS says they owe. In situations where the auditor claims your ranch or farming activity is a hobby, not a business, this can have long-lasting and adverse consequences because deductions against outside income would be disallowed.



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Vet's Perspective https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective
Lameness issues are a leading cause of decreased profitability and a common reason for culling decisions. A survey of western feedlots reported that 16 percent of health issues were correlated directly to lameness, and 5 percent of deaths were due to lame cattle.


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Federal hypocrisy https://wlj.net/article-35-federal-hypocrisy.html Federal hypocrisy
There is a clear agenda that has been set by the federal government over our so-called public lands or federal lands; whichever name you prefer. The battle lines were drawn up with the passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. This, in retrospect, has created an all-out.


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Guest Opinion - State beef checkoff a bust for Missouri cattle farmers https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - State beef checkoff a bust for Missouri cattle farmers
As a Missouri cattle producer, I oppose the $1 a head state beef checkoff. The state government wants to take another $2.


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Beef Talk - Visit your breed association website for maternal breed indexes https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Visit your breed association website for maternal breed indexes
One fairly new addition to sire summaries is a selection index, available from several breed associations. The selection index allows a producer to select bulls based on multiple traits through a single expected progeny difference (EPD) value. The selection index EPD value can meet maternal cow/calf selection or terminal beef production objectives.


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A perspective on change https://wlj.net/article-35-a-perspective-on-change.html A perspective on change
One of the more lively discussions was about source verification, which is absolutely needed for the U.S. to sell beef to China—a country that provides a huge consumer market for beef and will be needed to maintain profitable live cattle prices at the upper end of the trading spectrum.


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Planning readies ranchers for farm economy downturn https://wlj.net/article-35-planning-readies-ranchers-for-farm-economy-downturn.html Planning readies ranchers for farm economy downturn
The USDA is forecasting net farm income in 2015 to be $55.9 billion, a 38.2 percent drop from the previous year. This is the single largest year-over-year drop in net farm income since 1983. Back in 2013, net farm income was a record $123.3 billion. The 2015 forecast is 55 percent lower than in 2013.


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Take time to think about three things to improve your farm business https://wlj.net/article-35-take-time-to-think-about-three-things-to-improve-your-farm-business.html Take time to think about three things to improve your farm business
The New Year is an opportunity to think about your business. But that is a broad prospect, and therefore, somewhat daunting. Michigan State University Extension has a way to better define that; think about just three things. Let’s start with the first, think about one thing from the past year.


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Western lands dilemma https://wlj.net/article-35-western-lands-dilemma.html Western lands dilemma
Most western resource users, grazers, miners, timber interests will all tell those uninformed folks that the federal agencies—the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, U.S.


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Beef Talk - How big is the bull? https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - How big is the bull?
Let’s change the cow size discussion to a bull size discussion. Generally, the cow herd genetics are changed through the purchase of bulls. On average, genes from an individual calf are as follows: Half come from the sire, one-fourth comes from the maternal grandsire and one-fourth comes from the maternal grand dam.


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Guest Opinion - The “growing” cow herd https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - The “growing” cow herd
CattleFax estimates the beef cow inventory grew from around 29 million at the start of 2014 to 30.7 million head as 2015 came to a close. Depending on consumer responses and producers’ ability to satisfy the growing demand for higher quality, some economists suggest the U.


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A new year, a new market https://wlj.net/article-35-a-new-year-a-new-market.html A new year, a new market
Bringing in a new year always causes a time of reflection, and it’s quite amazing to realize what took place that impacted the beef industry in a short 12 months. There is a variety of issues to ponder about 2015, but I hold steadfast in my optimism and look for continued positive movement in the coming year from many aspects.


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Kay's Korner - Beef will be more competitive https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - Beef will be more competitive
This past year taught the beef industry some painful lessons. Cattle feeders discovered that the money always runs out before the cattle. Risk managers realized that market volatility can wreck the best hedging plans. Cattle feeders and packers realized that the shrinking cash live cattle market demands urgent action or it will disappear.


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Beef Talk - No spirit, no peace https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - No spirit, no peace
So often, we simply add the words “net profit” and continue. But are not our lives greater than the coins in our pockets? As food producers, we are keepers of others, providers for those without. Like nature and the seasons, we need to ponder potential change within the world.


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Vet's Perspective - Respiratory disease challenges https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Respiratory disease challenges
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) or illness commonly known as “shipping fever” does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise.


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Market’s modest recovery https://wlj.net/article-35-market%25E2%2580%2599s-modest-recovery.html Market’s modest recovery
I’m sure cattle feeders will be happy to see 2015 come to a close. It was by far the toughest year ever for cattle feeders. Jim Robb at the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) and I were trying to figure out what kind of year cattle feeders had, the LMIC calculated the average loss on fed cattle was $295 per head, and with 23.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Using crop aftermath and late-season dry forage can cut production costs; however, this can result in consequences. Cows need to receive a balanced ration to halt poor performance or even the loss of condition.


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Guest Opinion - The cold hard facts of using futures, options to hedge cattle https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - The cold hard facts of using futures, options to hedge cattle
has exposed weakness in sectors and the cattle industry as a whole. Vertical integration is a process that continues to streamline the efficiency of beef production from birth to plate.


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The big adjustment https://wlj.net/article-35-the-big-adjustment.html The big adjustment
The CME is a private marketplace with a board of directors and shareholders, who expect a return on their investments. They are in the business of conducting a trading platform for a variety of markets. As far as they’re concerned, the more contracts the better.




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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
This concept is an outcome from the question, “When should I calve?” For the past four years, the center has calved on grass. Initially, the May- and June-born calves at the center were weaned at the traditional early November dates, held in confinement pens for up to a month and then put back out on winter paddocks and supplemented.


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Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
Small cow herds started up 10,000 years ago when the first farmers decided they would rather herd cattle than hunt them. Cows became second nature to farmers over the millennia and made the trip to America with Spanish expeditions more than 500 years ago.




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COOL’s last lap https://wlj.net/article-35-cool%25E2%2580%2599s-last-lap.html COOL’s last lap
World Trade Organization (WTO) allowed Mexico and Canada tariff relief over country-oforigin labeling (COOL) last week. The WTO ruled several times against the COOL law, which violated U.S. trade obligations and discriminates against Canadian and Mexican CROW.


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Pasture Management https://wlj.net/article-35-pasture-management.html Pasture Management
Trend information on pasture conditions is valuable. Photos and transects data document the changes that have occurred in forage species, soil health, soil cover and woody over-head species over time. These changes reflect the results from your pasture management strategies.


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Demand alert https://wlj.net/article-35-demand-alert.html Demand alert
After last week’s disappointing futures trade I’m sure that everyone is asking where the bottom is in this cattle market. The week after Thanksgiving usually produces a rally on live cattle as packers gear up for Christmas, one of the best demand times of the year.


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Kay's Korner - Price discovery at risk https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - Price discovery at risk
I was talking with a California cattle feeder last week and asked him how he prices his cattle. “Off the Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico market” was his reply. Then he added that the prior week, the price was based on cash or negotiated grid sales of less than 250 head.


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Beef Talk - Who gets the weight? https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Who gets the weight?
The center’s decades of experience with traditional, experimental and just different management practices has focused on production costs as related to improving efficiency.


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