Western Livestock Journal - Articles http://www.wlj.net/contents.engine.php <![CDATA[Producers step up to battle for the bird]]> With populations spanning 11 energy- and agriculture-rich western states, the sage-grouse is considered an icon of the West. By some estimates, its population has been reduced from millions to perhaps 500,000 today. But groups encouraging habitat plans have concluded that what is good for the sage-grouse is good for the land. ]]> <![CDATA[A look at Australia, Aussie beef imports]]> Australia is one of the world’s major beef producers and exporters, exporting roughly three-quarters of its total production. It was also the number one source of beef (not cattle) imported into the U.S. in 2014. The vast majority of the beef imported from Australia into the U. ]]> <![CDATA[Dietary guidelines comments sought]]> <![CDATA[Futures try to regain early-week losses]]> <![CDATA[Markets in limbo]]> <![CDATA[WA dairy ruling a warning for feedlots]]> <![CDATA[Dietary guidelines report misleading]]> <![CDATA[Canada confirms case of BSE, first since 2011]]> Like the U.S., Canada’s beef cattle industry takes BSE surveillance seriously. The Alberta BSE case finding, while unfortunate, demonstrates the robustness of the National BSE Surveillance Program Canada has in place, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) shared. ]]> <![CDATA[Obama creates 21,000-acre monument in CO]]> Last week, President Obama announced three new national monuments, adding to the 13 monuments he’s already designated during his presidency. Traveling to Illinois, Obama officially proclaimed the Pullman Historic District of Chicago, Browns Canyon in Colorado, and a former Honouliuli Internment Camp site in Hawaii to be national monuments. ]]> <![CDATA[Take a peek at the other team's playbook]]> The football season has long since ended and baseball hasn’t yet started. So in the meantime, perhaps your strategy needs can be sated with a peak at a different sort of playbook. Brazil is the U.S.’ biggest beef competitor so it’s important to keep tabs on what it’s doing. ]]> <![CDATA[Port problems disrupt exports, beef supply]]> <![CDATA[Union chokes economy]]> <![CDATA[Black Ink]]> <![CDATA[Do you support your Beef Checkoff Program? I do.]]> That’s something I’m excited to support. In fact, an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways, including contributing to a positive trend in beef demand and the profitability of their operations. ]]> <![CDATA[Farm sector profitability is expected to weaken]]> U.S. net farm income—a measure of the sector’s profitability—is forecast to be $73.6 billion in 2015, down nearly 32 percent from 2014’s forecast of $108 billion. The 2015 forecast would be the lowest since 2009 and a drop of nearly 43 percent from the record high of $129 billion in 2013. ]]> <![CDATA[Black Ink]]> <![CDATA[Tax Q and A: More compliance issues with Affordable Care Act]]> <![CDATA[Ag's share of total exports has grown]]> Since then, the combination of strong global demand, particularly in developing countries, and higher prices for farm commodities, has boosted agriculture’s share of all U.S. exports from a low of 6.6 percent in 2000 to an average of 9.1 percent during 2011-2013. ]]> <![CDATA[Consider storage options for hay]]> Dr. Stephen Hammack, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Emeritus, Stephenville, shared his perspective—as well as AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Jason Banta’s research options— for producers to consider at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference held in Waco. ]]> <![CDATA[West Coast port talks stall, rail issues to the north]]>