WLJ - Opinion https://wlj.net/articles.sec-35-1-opinion.html Mon, 02 May 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 We’re keeping the heifers and the cows https://wlj.net/article-35-we%25E2%2580%2599re-keeping-the-heifers-and-the-cows.html We’re keeping the heifers and the cows
Over the next 50 to 60 days, there will be a lot of bulls turned out to cover the nation’s spring-calving herd. The recent USDA inventory report claims herd expansion is still the trend, although the trend is indicating a slowdown after two aggressive years of heifer retention.


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Kay's Korner - Attack of the algorithms https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner - Attack of the algorithms
They must also be clearly and fairly regulated by a body outside the industry that produces those goods. Only then can market participants trust that the market mechanisms are working properly and not, even unwittingly, favoring one group over another.


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Beef Talk - The goal is 97 percent live calves https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - The goal is 97 percent live calves
The historical North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association calving data summarized through the CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System) program sponsored by the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service indicate that 3.7 percent of the calves born do not make weaning.


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Pasture Management - Solutions for naked lands https://wlj.net/article-35-pasture-management.html Pasture Management - Solutions for naked lands
After a rewarding trip to Tanzania, Africa for 30 days teaching people simple ways to grow healthy food using very little money, I became the student. An older African fellow stated that before modern agriculture, people lived much longer.


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Vet's Perspective - Toxic plants of western states https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective.html Vet's Perspective - Toxic plants of western states
No livestock species is excluded from potential toxin overload, and economic losses due to toxic plant ingestion accounts for approximately 5 percent of annual fatalities and illnesses. Losses result from organ failure, reproductive inefficiency, decreased weight gain, birth defects, and many other factors.


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Branding season https://wlj.net/article-35-branding-season.html Branding season
It seems that most of what we do in the cattle business happens in seasons. I just finished up my spring bull sale season and after traveling tens of thousands of miles from Idaho to North Dakota (and not uncommon to do so in a three-day stretch) I was able to spend some time.




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Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
Here’s a riddle: What does the Klamath Basin area, the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the African country of Zimbabwe have in common? Answer: Government reform and intentional harassment of farmers end food production, and—in Zimbabwe’s case— bring starvation.


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Growing Supplies https://wlj.net/article-35-growing-supplies.html Growing Supplies
boxed beef cutout values moved sharply higher last week to $224.43, which is signaling the start of the spring rally. Packers have also started to increase slaughter levels in preparation for the upcoming demand. This seasonal trend should allow cattle feeders to CROW.


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Beef Talk - Are you feeding and keeping an eye on the bulls? https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk - Are you feeding and keeping an eye on the bulls?
Bull docility often is mentioned as a critical talking point when bulls are bought, but it’s often simply accepted once they are unloaded at home. Never trust a bull! That is a story in itself, but the point today is the current bull inventory and the condition of the bulls.


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Guest Opinion - Of primaries and prime rib https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Of primaries and prime rib
start in more ways than one. Not only is seasonal beef demand experiencing great difficulty in locating the first rung on the ladder to Memorial Day, neither one of our major political parties seems to be making real progress in crowning a presidential nominee....]]>
Spring caution flag is up https://wlj.net/article-35-spring-caution-flag-is-up.html Spring caution flag is up
Looking at the cattle futures markets down the road, it’s a little hard to get excited about feeder cattle through summer and fall. The June live cattle contract was at $132 and August is trading at $117.65. We need to see a good rally on the futures and cash markets so cattle feeders.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
The traditional thought process embedded in generations of beef producers would not acknowledge the countercultural role. Cow/ calf production has been anchored by strong ties to the land, which change very slowly. Those who depend on the land approach life in the same way; “stability” would be a good word.


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Guest Opinion - Weighing in https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion - Weighing in
Historic and seasonal trends are important for reference points testing current price and production trends against a historical perspective. Fortunes have been made and lost trading on information provided by datasets from the past and staking bets accordingly.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
Because labor, facilities and equipment are fiscally resource-heavy, the Dickinson Research Extension Center, in 2012, decided to take the jump and place cows on pasture to calve....]]>
Kay's Korner https://wlj.net/article-35-kays-korner.html Kay's Korner
The result was The Strategic Alliances Field Study, published in August 1993. This seminal work laid the foundation for the valuebased marketing of fed cattle. At the time though, such was the outrage at the suggestion of producers working with packers that one would have thought NCA had signed a pact with the Devil....]]>
Politics as usual https://wlj.net/article-35-politics-as-usual.html Politics as usual
July can’t come soon enough. The Republican National Convention is on the horizon and “politics as usual” has taken its course over the last month. The name-calling, political positioning, and campaign negativity surrounding the remaining candidates have been escalated.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
In an effort to evaluate this change in management, a review was conducted comparing overall performance of the center’s herd for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011(mid-March calving) to the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 (mid-May calving)....]]>
Collaborating on animal care issues https://wlj.net/article-35-collaborating-on-animal-care-issues.html Collaborating on animal care issues
We all know dairy cows serve a dual purpose. In the words of our 2016 Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award winners Reid and Diane Hoover, “Our love for the dairy animal goes beyond just making milk. We know that animal has a unique quality in life in both milk and meat production....]]>
Taking ESA for a ride https://wlj.net/article-35-taking-esa-for-a-ride.html Taking ESA for a ride
“We are filing this petition to force unelected bureaucrats to follow the law,” said PLF Staff Attorney Jonathan Wood. “This illegal regulation imposes onerous regulatory burdens on property owners and small businesses, and ultimately hurts the very species it purports to protect.


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Black Ink https://wlj.net/article-35-black-ink.html Black Ink
The charming voice and smooth lyrics of the classic song sure make being “unforgettable” sound like an awfully good thing. Even when applied to cattle, it certainly can be. There are those “bell ringer” groups that gain and grade. They never get sick and they earn premiums upon harvest.


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Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
Boy, oh boy, we who live in the “fly over country” sure lost some good men lately, and they were friends of mine. You all know what kind of friends I mean; you see them once or twice a year at a bull sale, in Denver at the Stock Show, been to their place for the Angus tour, or maybe they spoke at your convention.


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Challenges continue for western ranchers; keep pushing to win https://wlj.net/article-35-challenges-continue-for-western-ranchers-keep-pushing-to-win.html Challenges continue for western ranchers; keep pushing to win
Trouble often comes in the form of some new policy or directive from Washington; written by a lawyer who’s never been west of the Mississippi, tainted beyond recognition by the relentless litigation of radical environmental groups, and finally implemented according to the subjective interpretation of local field office staff.


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Science and money https://wlj.net/article-35-science-and-money.html Science and money
Last week Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science Committee, challenged a study produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA study was in conflict with another study that claimed there was less global warming between the years 2000-2015 and it was less than scientists expected.


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BEEF talk: Why would calving time in the northern Plains change? - Why would calving time in the northern Plains change? https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk-why-would-calving-time-in-the-northern-plains-change.html BEEF talk: Why would calving time in the northern Plains change? - Why would calving time in the northern Plains change?
So let’s start. Well, the weather is nice in most areas, and the traditional calving time of March and April is fast approaching. The busiest dates will be late in the first week of April, with most cow/calf producers starting in mid-March. If I had to pick a historical start date, it would be March 15.


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Vet's perspective: Maximizing cow comfort - Maximizing cow comfort https://wlj.net/article-35-vets-perspective-maximizing-cow-comfort.html Vet's perspective: Maximizing cow comfort - Maximizing cow comfort
The well-being and humane management of animals has long been a hot topic among consumers, and the fire doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon— with good reason. Buyers and retailers have responded to the increased demands for gentler animal handling and alternative management styles.


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DID YOU KNOW: The buzz on feed efficiency - The buzz on feed efficiency https://wlj.net/article-35-did-you-know-the-buzz-on-feed-efficiency.html DID YOU KNOW: The buzz on feed efficiency - The buzz on feed efficiency
Less talked about is the impact of longer feeding periods on feed efficiency (or as measured by feedyard managers, cost of gain). It seems logical from what we learned in our nutrition classes that we lose efficiency as cattle are fed longer, to fatter compositional end points.


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Common conservation https://wlj.net/article-35-common-conservation.html Common conservation
I’ve been traveling to a lot of bull sales around the western U.S. during the past few weeks. For the most part the sales are off a bit but the quality of the bulls is much better. It has also given me the opportunity to visit with a lot of public land ranchers to find out how they are getting along CROW.


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A mess in the making https://wlj.net/article-35-a-mess-in-the-making.html A mess in the making
I typically don’t comment on political races but this year’s primaries are exceptional so I’m going to make an exception because it’s all I can think about this week. I don’t want to offend anyone in either party, but you have to admit that these primary races for the next.


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Beef Talk https://wlj.net/article-35-beef-talk.html Beef Talk
That being said, producers still have reasons to select bulls based on traits that are not readily available nor in the breed databases. Interestingly, no one ever bluntly denies the use of data, but one most certainly can sense a presence of denial at times.


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Guest Opinion https://wlj.net/article-35-guest-opinion.html Guest Opinion
The food reform movement is active, vocal, and not likely to go away. The banner under which they parade is a noble one; consumers need to know more about the origin of their food and how it is grown, harvested and delivered to the ultimate user. They also demand a healthful, safe product and they should.


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