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Friday, October 17,2014

Management Topics

Heifer selection in commercial herds

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Proper selection of heifers is vitally important as our industry works to expand. There are some general principles for any commercial operation to consider, as well as more intensive selection criteria for sire-identified herds, as well as genomic tests.

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Friday, October 17,2014

BQA, a point of pride

by WLJ
At the Padlock Ranch, we strive to manage the resources and assets of the ranch for long-term sustainability, and the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program (BQA) helps us meet our goal of producing quality beef.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Less doesn't mean none

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Case in point: I spoke with Katie Fite, Biodiversity Director at Western Watersheds Project (WWP), while working on my sage grouse ruling story for last week’s paper.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Guest Opinion

Sage grouse program established in MT

by WLJ
Last month, Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order establishing the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program. The program has been in the works for some time with several Montana groups having the opportunity to provide input on maintaining state management of the sage grouse species and its habitat in the state of Montana.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Pasture Management

Itīs true that healthy land equals healthy food equals healthy people

by Wayne Burleson
Recently, I spent some time in Africa as a USAID (United States Agency for International Development) volunteer on two farmer-to-farmer assignments, each about three weeks in length. One was in Malawi and the other took me across the central plains of Mozambique.

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Friday, October 3,2014

More checkoff drama

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’sbecoming clear who has the ear of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; the National Farmers Union (NFU). Last week Vilsack held a meeting with the Beef Checkoff working group and said, “This is going to be a one-way conversation,” telling the group that he plans on.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Letters to the Editor

Beef Checkoff or beef corruption?

by WLJ
Do we need an increase in the Beef Checkoff? You say, “But it promotes our product.” Really! The NCBA (National Cattleman’s Beef Association) who controls your Beef Checkoff dollar is associated with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and TNC (The Nature Conservancy) among other groups that aren’t particularly the livestock producer’s friend.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Kay's Korner

Our beef is the best

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
One of the beef industry’s greatest accomplishments in the past 20 years has been to improve the eating experience for beef lovers. It was a huge shock in the 1990s when the industry discovered that one out of four steaks was not meeting consumers’ expectations.

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Friday, October 3,2014

WLJ Ambassadors: Tex and Betty Jo Byars

by WLJ
Thus, we are introducing our new “WLJ Ambassadors” feature, a short profile of a reader who has been with us for a while and helped us along the way, either through their longtime loyalty or through vigorous sharing of this publication with their neighbors and friends.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Feeders looking for lofty breakevens

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Placements have been lower over the past six months and at lighter weights up until the August report that said heavy weight placements that were over 800 lbs. were much higher during August. Most areas had great summer grazing, producing heavier cattle, which may defer some for cattle going into the feedlot.

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