WLJ - Livestock Industry Opinions https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-livestock-industry-opinions.html Thu, 23 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 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....]]>
Keep ag Extension relevant for 21st century https://wlj.net/article-35-keep-ag-extension-relevant-for-21st-century.html Keep ag Extension relevant for 21st century
Unfortunately, even successful individuals and organizations have a natural tendency to fall into the trap of focusing on what has worked well in the past, what they feel comfortable doing, and what is politically correct or politically expedient. The result is that we often stifle our potential....]]>
Survival depends on trust https://wlj.net/article-35-survival-depends-on-trust.html Survival depends on trust
While I was in the United States Peace Corps, a stranger came to my small village in Kenya and stood on a box to gather villagers around him. He delivered a powerful and convincing story so that he could sell vials of water that he claimed would protect the people from the malaria that was ravaging the community....]]>
Kay's Korner: Price discovery improves https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner-price-discovery-improves.html Kay's Korner: Price discovery improves
Aside from demand for beef, there’s no more important issue for beef cattle producers than price discovery. One dictionary definition says price discovery is a method of determining the price for a specific commodity or security through basic supply and demand factors related to the market.


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Beef Talk: In search of income https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk-in-search-of-income.html Beef Talk: In search of income
One of those knobs that need adjusting is selling the calves, or searching for income. The adjustment is timing and how different markets react to different weights of cattle. Either way, as a producer shifts the calving date, he or she finds himself or herself in new, unfamiliar territory in regard to marketing.


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Open letter to resource land users https://wlj.net/article-35-open-letter-to-resource-land-users.html Open letter to resource land users
The western land-use events of the last few years seem to have been analyzed, pondered, condemned, praised and generally discussed into a state of confusion and stalemate. For 40 or so years I have been active in the advocacy for economic natural resource development, mining, timber, grazing and water.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
EPD averages for the growth traits were as follows: birth weight, minus 1 pound; weaning weight, 62 pounds; and yearling weight, 97 pounds. The EPD averages for carcass traits were as follows: marbling score, .46, and rib-eye area, .25 square inch. Step 1 complete....]]>
Mr. President, that dog won’t hunt https://wlj.net/article-35-mr-president-that-dog-won%25E2%2580%2599t-hunt.html Mr. President, that dog won’t hunt
When President Donald Trump aggressively launched his first full week on the job by withdrawing the country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a host of agricultural organizations—most of who had explicitly or implicitly embraced the crusade to “Make America Great Again”—almost fell over each other in defiance.


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Beef Talk: Bull selection and managing risk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk-bull-selection-and-managing-risk.html Beef Talk: Bull selection and managing risk
Although risk never can be eliminated, bull selection workshops through the North Dakota State University Extension Service (as well local extension efforts across the country) are offered to help producers decrease the risk of buying the wrong bull.


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Guest Opinion: High time for cattle feeders to pick pocket https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion-high-time-for-cattle-feeders-to-pick-pocket.html Guest Opinion: High time for cattle feeders to pick pocket
“Son,” he painfully wheezed through multiple layers of market scar tissue, “don’t hold your breath waiting for equal pieces of pie in this biz. Regardless how big the pastry rolls out of the oven, we always run out of dessert way before we run out of waving forks.


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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 husband Russell and I own and operate a cow/calf operation in Louisiana. We are young producers who plan to be in the cattle business for some time. That’s why I was excited when I was selected last year to begin serving on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB)....]]>
Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
So let’s ponder this: “Can the beef industry produce terminal and replacement bulls?” Historically, the answer is “yes.” Through the decades, many breeding programs have been proposed to offer cattle producers the opportunity to implement cattlebreeding systems that involve terminal and replacement bulls....]]>
On Target: Resolutions https://wlj.net/article-35-on-target-resolutions.html On Target: Resolutions
The calendar turned to 2017 with many resolutions made. What do you resolve for your operation this year? What plan have you and your team made to improve profits, expand or cut costs in 2017? In most cases each team member has ideas for the plan, but rarely does anyone put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to capture these ideas....]]>
Beef talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef talk
Were you happy with the calves? If the answer is yes, open the door to better understand the genetics that produced those calves, which is available by better understanding the sires of the calves. While the cows are important, today I want to focus on the sires....]]>
Letter to the editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letter-to-the-editor.html Letter to the editor
Political correctness has taught that words matter. Collaboration is defined as “the act of performing work or labor together; especially literary work or scientific research.” The problem is that BLM’s authorized officers will determine what is scientific instead of decisions based on cooperation....]]>
Kay’s Korner https://wlj.net/article-35-kay%25E2%2580%2599s-korner.html Kay’s Korner
Hope springs eternal in a cattle person’s heart, so most producers are looking forward to 2017 being a better year than the one just passed. Early such signs came late last year for cattle feeders, as live cattle prices rallied strongly from their mid-October lows....]]>
Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
Our lives are made up of moments and the many decisions they contain. Some math whiz figured we make 35,000 “decisions” daily, depending on the definition— that’s one every two seconds you’re awake. Every word you say (certainly every one you write) is a choice....]]>
Beef talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef talk
The net result was a 10 percent increase in revenue for the smaller-framed cows, when compared with the larger-framed cows, based on steer calf performance. Although the smallerframed cows’ revenue per finished steer was lower, $821.81 versus largerframed cows at $895....]]>
DID YOU KNOW https://wlj.net/article-35-did-you-know.html DID YOU KNOW
These are on the negative side of what are called convenience traits and fortunately, we’ve had great progress in making today’s cows more functional. But you only need to take a short walk through a few feedlot pens to realize we still have work to do in improving cattle temperament....]]>
TAX TOPICS https://wlj.net/article-35-tax-topics.html TAX TOPICS
Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 1031 allows property owners to sell appreciated property and defer capital gains tax and depreciation recapture. Since 1921, the 1031 tax-deferred exchange has been a powerful financial tool for the agricultural producer....]]>
Beef checkoff works with influencers https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-checkoff-works-with-influencers.html Beef checkoff works with influencers
I have been a dairy farmer in New York for more than 40 years. We milk about 75 Holsteins and plant about 275 acres of alfalfa, corn and oats. I know that many people will not automatically recognize a dairy operation as beef producers, but we certainly are part of this industry!....]]>
Letter to the editor https://wlj.net/article-35-letter-to-the-editor.html Letter to the editor
In a Nov. 28, 2016 article (“Will midnight regulations see more sunshine?” on the cover), the author gives a brief discussion of upcoming “rules” that Obama and company will impose on those of us who break some “law” every morning when our feet hit the floor....]]>
Observing helps keeps calves healthy and profitable https://wlj.net/article-35-observing-helps-keeps-calves-healthy-and-profitable.html Observing helps keeps calves healthy and profitable
Weaned calves in the preconditioning or backgrounding pen should have come in with a plan. For those happy with weanling prices, calves in the pen may be limited to replacement heifer prospects. Others may see this as a year to retain ownership through finishing or you’re just waiting to sell calves in a new year....]]>
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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