Famed Bull Bushwacker To Retire At End of Season

The Professional Bull Riders finals started last night in Las Vegas. This will be the last time we’ll see the champion bull Bushwacker. He deserves a good retirement to the easy life. — jtl, 419

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By Gary Mihoces  From USA Today via Richard Beal’s Blog

Bushwacker, a superstar among bucking bulls, is retiring at the end of October. That will mean a change in lifestyle for the 1,750-pound, chocolate brown bull accustomed to ejecting riders in seconds and being secluded on tour from other bulls so he won’t tangle with them.

Owner Julio Moreno plans to retire Bushwacker at his ranch in Oakdale, Calif. Priorities for the bull will be to relax and reproduce.

“He’ll have a pasture, maybe 15 acres, irrigated, nice clover, a little barn to come under, and he’ll probably have 20-21 girlfriends with him at all times. He’ll enjoy that,” Moreno tells USA TODAY Sports.

Moreno and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour plan to announce Bushwacker’s farewell tour today in Oklahoma City, where Bushwacker will be matched with rider J.B. Mauney (pronounced moony) in a battle of No. 1’s on Saturday.

Mauney was the 2013 PBR world champion rider, and Bushwacker was the 2013 PBR world champion bull. They’ll meet Saturday in the 15/15 Bucking Battle, matching the top 15 bull riders and top 15 bulls from last year’s world finals (12 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS).

Last Aug. 17 in Tulsa, Mauney rode Bushwacker for the required eight seconds to snap the bull’s PBR record streak of 42 consecutive buckoffs over more than four years. Mauney is 1-10 against Bushwacker overall.

“In my mind, (Bushwacker) is the best there’s ever been. … It takes a real champion to ride him,” Cody Lambert, livestock director of the PBR and one of its co-founders in 1992, tells USA TODAY Sports. “And that champion is going to have to kind of get lucky at the same time.”

Bushwacker, also PBR world champion in 2011, has been ridden just twice in 52 times out of the chute since arriving on the PBR scene in 2009. He doesn’t mix with other bulls in the pasture or the pen.

“Not him. Bushwacker stays by himself,” says Moreno. He’ll have a pen. … Kent (Cox, the bull’s handler) lets him out once a day to exercise in an area. He bucks and plays, and that’s how his life is every day. And he gets fed super good.”

As Lambert says: “He has his own pen everywhere he goes because he’s so valuable, they don’t want to take a chance on him getting into a fight with another bull.”

Bushwacker will turn 8 this year. Some bulls buck until they are 10-12. Why retire him now?

“I want him to go out as the best bull,” says Moreno.

“Bushwacker is capable of going for longer,” Lambert says, “but it would be disrespectful to do it after he loses a step, if he slows down any.”

Moreno has never used Bushwacker for natural breeding, which he has done with other bulls while they are still competing: “I just didn’t want anything to get in the way of competition.”

Bushwacker has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for Moreno in bucking fees from the PBR and performance bonuses. Lambert says Bushwacker alone won $200,000-$300,000 in bonuses as a 3-4-year-old. Had Moreno sold Bushwacker a few years ago, Lambert estimates he would have for up to $1 million.

“But the big value is the breeding,” Lambert says.

In past years, Moreno says he has sold semen collected from Bushwacker for $3,000 per refrigerated, plastic straw. He says he might raise that to $5,000 – if he sells any at all. But for Bushwacker, Moreno definitely plans natural breeding with female species (cows) at his ranch.

“Then I can have some little Bushwackers,” Moreno says.

Bushwacker was born in the spring of 2006. His father was a top bucking bull named Reindeer Dippin. His mother, Lady Luck, was the daughter of Diamond’s Ghost.

“Dianmond’s Ghost was a really good bull, but he wasn’t anywhere in Bushwacker’s league. But his father, Reindeer Dippin, was physically gifted like Bushwacker is,” says Lambert.

What are those gifts?

“He can jump higher and move faster and change directions faster than just about any bull,” says Lambert. “There are a few bulls that have those physical gifts, but then mentally he’s a competitor. He knows his job is to throw the guy off, and he does whatever it takes.”

Some bucking bulls are 2,000 pounds or more. Mississippi Hippy currently goes about 2,300. “Biggest on tour,” says Lambert.

Moreno says Bushwacker was about 1,600 pounds a year and a half ago. “He’s gotten bigger (1,750), but he’s in shape right now,” says Moreno.

He also has an attitude, even around his owner.

“He’ll try to come and hook you,” says Moreno. “I think Kent gets along with him better than anybody.”

He’s also photogenic. “He does like people coming to take pictures of him,” says Moreno. “He’ll stick his head up. … Honestly, I really think the bulls know he’s the greatest.”

Bushwacker’s career was threatened in early 2012 by bone chips in the ankles of his hind legs. But that was repaired via arthroscopic surgery by veterinarian Gary Warner of Elgin, Texas. “We didn’t know (pre-surgery) whether he was ever going to be able to buck,” says Moreno.

Besides Mauney, the only rider to stay on Bushwacker for eight seconds on the PBR tour and get a score was Thiago Paguioto at the world finals in 2009 (Bushwacker’s first PBR season).

“He doesn’t have a set (bucking) pattern where he always spins to the left or the right or he always goes two straight jumps before he does it,” says Lambert. “He feels the rider, and the tougher the challenge the harder he bucks.”

When Mauney rode Bushwacker last August, the bull was coming off a 15-week summer break. Saturday in Tulsa, Bushwacker also will be coming off a break. He hasn’t bucked since last October’s world finals.

Might he be easier to ride?

“Everybody says that. I’m not 100 percent saying that’s true,” says Moreno.

Mauney will find out Saturday.

Come October, after the PBR finals in Las Vegas, Bushwacker’s bucking days will be over. Some bulls live to age 14-15 or longer. He might spend half his life in retirement.

“Next year in the spring, I will turn him out,” Moreno says, “and just let him run his little 15 acres there and be the king again.”

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Climate change PROVED to be ‘nothing but a lie’, claims top meteorologist

THE debate about climate change is finished – because it has been categorically proved NOT to exist, one of the world’s leading meteorologists has claimed.

By: Jason Taylor via Express

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Climate change has been ‘disproved’ and polar ice is ‘increasing’ [ AP]

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.Instead, what ‘little evidence’ there is for rising global temperatures points to a ‘natural phenomenon’ within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: “The ocean is not rising significantly.

“The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.

“Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).

“I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.”

climate change global warming mythMan made climate change is a myth according to Coleman, inset [AP]

I have studied climate change seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid

John Coleman, co-founder of the Weather Channel

Mr Coleman said he based many of his views on the findings of the NIPCC, a non-governmental international body of scientists aimed at offering an ‘independent second opinion of the evidence reviewed by the IPCC.’He added: “There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.”Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant greenhouse gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed.”There has been no warming over 18 years.”

The IPCC argue their research shows that man-made global warming will lead to extreme weather events becoming more frequent and unpredictable.US News and World Report noted that many of the world’s largest businesses, including Coke, Pepsi, Walmart, Nestle, Mars, Monsanto, Kellogg, General Mills, Microsoft, and IBM, “are now engaged and actively responding to climate science and data.”Mr Coleman’s comments come as President Barack Obama came under fire from climatologists as federal data revealed The United State’s energy-related carbon pollution rose 2.5 per cent despite the President’s pledges to decrease it.President Obama told 120 world leaders at the United Nations climate summit last month that America had done more under his watch in cutting greenhouse gases than any other country.

Despite this, the Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review showed an increase in the use of energy from coal.
World leaders have pledged to keep the global average temperature from rising two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to prevent the worst consequences of climate change.

The US, along with the UK and other developed countries, is expected to pledge further actions on climate change early next year.

Global warming climate change lieThere has been no recorded global warming for 18 years [GETTY]
Climate expert William Happer, from Princeton University, supported Mr Coleman’s claims.He added: “No chemical compound in the atmosphere has a worse reputation than CO2, thanks to the single-minded demonisation of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control and energy production.”The incredible list of supposed horrors that increasing carbon dioxide will bring the world is pure belief disguised as science.”In 2010 a high-level inquiry by the InterAcademy Council found there was “little evidence” to support the IPCC’s claims about global warming.

It also said the panel had purposely emphasised the negative impacts of climate change and made “substantive findings” based on little proof.

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LC Quietly Consolidate Near All-Time Highs

By Cassie Fish, CassandraFish.com, via The Beef

We’re one day closer to Friday and still waiting for the cash trade to bust loose. In the meantime, yesterday choice boxes posted their highest close since September 11, and a new high for this move on a modest improvement in volume. When the cattle trade does occur, negotiated cash prices are expected to establish a record high this week, with all regions topping $165. Futures are pricing $167-168. Bids are now surfacing at $165 in Kansas.

Packers Do What They Can

Packers are doing what they can to mitigate their red ink, pulling on captives, scheduling cooler cleaning-related slaughter reductions, stepping up efforts to procure more discounted cattle such as cattle fed in the U.S. that were born in Mexico and Canada. These are time-buying tactics while the packer waits for more upside in the beef cutout to develop.

Less of Which?

Insight of where we’re headed short term probably won’t be found in either yesterday’s USDA Cold Storage report or tomorrow’s USDA Cattle-on-Feed report. Instead, it will boil down to how high prices will be driven by competition for limited fourth quarter supplies. That unknown is the unknown and unquantifiable until after the fact. It’s what’s keeping the entire cattle and beef community on the edge of their seat right now. What’s the lesser of two evils, the sense that the market could go vertical at any moment or that the bull has run its course and a gut wrenching $15 break is just around the corner?

  This Will Help

At least traders have one certainty to look forward to and that’s the end of night trading in livestock futures. Starting October 27, we’ll have an opening 5 mornings a week that may become meaningful once again and likely a more liquid trading session. Given that we still have a great deal of volatility left in this old bull before it’s really over, the CME made the hours change just in time to provide risk managers with an improved platform to do their job.

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Low Inflation? The Price Of Ground Beef Has Risen 17 Percent Over The Past Year

There will never be any “peace on earth, goodwill toward men” anywhere in the world as long as the idea of a Central Bank and “fractional reserve banking” is allowed to exist. — jtl

by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse

Inflation Public DomainThanks to the Federal Reserve, the middle class is slowly being suffocated by rising food prices.  Every single dollar in your wallet is constantly becoming less valuable because of the inflation the Fed systematically creates.  And if you try to build wealth by saving money and earning interest on it, you still lose because thanks to the Federal Reserve’s near zero interest rate policies banks pay next to nothing on savings accounts.  The Federal Reserve wants you to either spend your money or to put it in the giant casino that we call the stock market.  But when Americans spend their paychecks they are finding that they don’t stretch as far as they once did.  The cost of living continues to rise at a much faster pace than wages are rising, and this is especially true when it comes to the price of food.

Someone that I know wrote to me today and let me know that she had to shut down the food pantry that she had been running for the poor for so many years.  It isn’t that she didn’t want to help the poor anymore.  It was that she just couldn’t deal with the rising food prices any longer.  Now she is just doing the best that she can to survive herself.

Perhaps you have also noticed that food prices have gotten pretty crazy lately.  In particular, meat prices have become absolutely obscene.  For example, the average price of ground beef has risen to a new record high of over $4.09 a pound.  Over the past twelve months, that works out to a whopping 17 percent increase…

The average price for a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high–$4.096 per pound–in the United States in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In August, according to BLS, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time–hitting $4.013. In September, the average price jumped .083 cents, an increase of 2.1 percent in one month.

A year ago, in September 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.502 per pound. Since then, it has climbed 59.4 cents–or about 17 percent in one year.

The “intellectuals” over at the Federal Reserve insist that “a little bit of inflation” is good for an economy, but the truth is that inflation slowly robs us of our buying power.

In a previous article, I shared a chart that showed how food inflation has risen dramatically since the year 2000.  For this article, I wanted to show how food inflation has risen since the 1970s.  As you can see, the rise in food prices has been absolutely relentless for more than 40 years…

Food Inflation 2014

If our paychecks were going up at the same rate or even faster that would be okay.

But they aren’t.

In fact, CNN is reporting that our paychecks have fallen back to 1995 levels…

Americans also don’t feel any better off. While more people may have jobs, they aren’t bringing home fatter paychecks. Wages and income have remained stagnant for years, making it tough for folks even though inflation is low. Median household income, which stood at $51,939 last year, is back to 1995 levels.

Consumers expect a median income boost of 1.1% over the next year, Curtin said. But that won’t keep up with their inflation expectations of 2.8%.

“American households, on average, are still struggling with their living standards slowly eroding,” he said.

This is one of the primary reasons why the middle class is disappearing in America.

The purchasing power of our dollars is continually diminishing.

And this could be just the beginning.  Right now, severe drought is affecting some of the most important agricultural areas around the globe.  Most people are aware of the nightmarish drought in California, but did you know that things in Brazil are even worse?  Brazil is one of the most important food exporters in the world, and so they definitely need our prayers.

In addition, a “black swan event” such as a worldwide explosion of the Ebola pandemic could quickly drive food prices into the stratosphere.

Just this week, we learned that food prices in the Ebola-stricken regions of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have already risen by an average of 24 percent

Infection rates in the food-producing zones of Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone, Lofa and Bong County in Liberia and GuDeckDedou in Guinea are among the highest in the region. Hundreds of farmers have died.

The three governments quarantined districts and restricted movements to contain the virus’ spread. But those measures also disrupted markets and led to food scarcity and panic buying, further pushing up prices, WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization have said.

“Prices have risen by an average of 24 percent,” said WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs, adding an assessment of major markets showed the price of basic commodities was rising in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and in neighboring Senegal.

If you have been storing up food, I think that you will be very happy with your decision in the long run.

Without a doubt, food prices are only going to be going up from here.

But the Federal Reserve continues to insist that inflation is under control.

One of the ways that they make the “official numbers” look good is by playing accounting games.  They regularly change the way that inflation is calculated in order keep everyone calm.

You don’t have to take my word for it.  Posted below is an excerpt from an article by Mike Bryan, a vice president and senior economist in the Atlanta Fed’s research department…

The Economist retells a conversation with Stephen Roach, who in the 1970s worked for the Federal Reserve under Chairman Arthur Burns. Roach remembers that when oil prices surged around 1973, Burns asked Federal Reserve Board economists to strip those prices out of the CPI “to get a less distorted measure. When food prices then rose sharply, they stripped those out too—followed by used cars, children’s toys, jewellery, housing and so on, until around half of the CPI basket was excluded because it was supposedly ‘distorted'” by forces outside the control of the central bank. The story goes on to say that, at least in part because of these actions, the Fed failed to spot the breadth of the inflationary threat of the 1970s.

I have a similar story. I remember a morning in 1991 at a meeting of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s board of directors. I was welcomed to the lectern with, “Now it’s time to see what Mike is going to throw out of the CPI this month.” It was an uncomfortable moment for me that had a lasting influence. It was my motivation for constructing the Cleveland Fed’s median CPI.

I am a reasonably skilled reader of a monthly CPI release. And since I approached each monthly report with a pretty clear idea of what the actual rate of inflation was, it was always pretty easy for me to look across the items in the CPI market basket and identify any offending—or “distorted”—price change. Stripping these items from the price statistic revealed the truth—and confirmed that I was right all along about the actual rate of inflation.

It is all a game to them.

It is all about getting to the “right number” to release to the public.

But anyone that goes to the grocery store knows what has been happening to food prices.

The next time you get to the checkout register and you feel tempted to ask the cashier what organ you should donate to pay for your groceries, please keep in mind that it is not the fault of the cashier.

Instead, there is one entity that you should blame.

Blame the Federal Reserve – their policies are slowly pushing the middle class into oblivion.

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Higher Futures Await Higher Cash Prices

via The Beef By Cassie Fish, CassandraFish.com

Volatile, swingy action has been this week’s calling card and buying rallies or selling breaks brutal. At least for now, futures are modestly higher reflecting expectations of higher cash cattle prices this week. There is a rumor of a major bidding $260 dressed in eastern Nebraska, compared to a practical top last week of $258. The rest of the country remains quiet at this hour, with the exception of the “tops” trades $2 over already made.

Cash trade may break loose yet today anywhere from $1-3 higher on a live basis and possibly more on a dressed basis.

    Boxes No Runaway

Boxed beef prices and volume continues to be uninspired this week, with choice prices only 0.43 higher than a week ago and select actually lower. Volume week-to-date is unchanged from last week. The rib, chuck and beef 50s have posted the most notable gains, but those gains are modest so far.

With no spark in boxes yet, packers are stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place and will likely choose to compete for limited fed cattle supplies rather than be shut out. If and when boxes do truly catch fire, things may get interesting and the $170 barrier tested, as the race for certain desirable seasonal beef items commences.

This week’s slaughter is expected to come in at 565,000 head. There is a rumor one plant has an issue today that may force makeup production into Saturday.

Fats Likely to Gain on Feeders

CME LC have taken command for this phase of the bull move. Up till now, feeder futures have had an almost unbelievable run, $82 higher than November 2013 on a spot basis and twice that of the move in spot LC. With the recent corn rally, and the excitement of the fall feeder run mostly behind us, it may be the fat cattle’s turn at the spotlight for the next few weeks. A correction now in the feeder/fat spread could be viewed as overdue and healthy or a signal the long term bull market in its final act, depending on who you ask.

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Rugged ranchers or welfare cowboys? Dispute over grazing fees on public land rages on

Where I come from, any country whose national government “owns” over 65% of the land in 11 of its states is called “communist” by definition. What else could it be? — jtl, 419

By Rob Nikolewski via New Mexico Watchdog

COWBOY CONTROVERSY: Critics say taxpayers lose $120 million in federal grazing fees that are too low. But defenders say the figures are misleading.

SANTA FE, N.M. — The accusation is a blunt one: That ranchers who hold permits from the federal government to graze their cattle on public land are little more than welfare recipients. The response is just as blunt: Like hell we are.

The argument has kicked around the West for years, and it’s come into sharper focus in recent months as ranchers in parts of northern and southern New Mexico have clashed with environmentalists over the recent listing of a critter most people in the Land of Enchantment have never even seen — themeadow jumping mouse.

In June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed the mouse — which can hop up to three feet from its hind legs — on the endangered list. That has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to reinforce a gate along the Agua Chiquita in Otero County and erect barbed-wire fencing near the Rio Cebolla creek in the Santa Fe National Forest to keep cattle from damaging the mouse’s habitat.

“The livestock industry has enjoyed special treatment from the federal government for so long that our streams have been trampled to death,” Bryan Bird, program director at WildEarth Guardians, said earlier this month when his group filed a lawsuit just before the fencing was constructed.

Bird’s comment echoes a long-running complaint environmentalists have about grazing fees on public lands.

They say ranchers have been getting a sweetheart deal from the government for too long, pointing to fees charged by the entities such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service charging $1.35 a month for what’s called “Animal Unit Months,” compared to an estimated $16-$20 a month on private land.

They also cite data from a 2005 report from the General Accounting Office and say U.S. taxpayers suffer a direct loss of more than $120 million because of the fees.

“Ranchers have benefitted from a whole suite of subsidies. I used to call them welfare queens,” John Horning, the executive director of WildEarth Guardians-NewMexico, told New Mexico Watchdog in an interview in July. “I don’t really care if it’s welfare because the bigger issue for me is not that (taxpayers) subsidize it, but that we allow the activity to degrade so many valuable things.”

But cattle growers push back just as forcefully.

“It couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association. “And it’s a tired old argument.”

Cowan says the price difference between grazing fees is misleading because ranchers have to pick up the costs for things such as managing and fencing their allotments, supplying their herds with water and absorbing any losses due to death and attacks by predators that aren’t usually incurred when grazing on private property.

“It’s kind of like you renting a house in Albuquerque that has all the amenities,” Cowan said. “It’s furnished, you’ve got electricity, all the utilities are done.” But grazing on public lands is like “renting a house that’s totally vacant, has no amenities … and anyone can come through your house and use the bathroom anytime they want … The price is low until you look at the amenities that don’t go with it.”

But Horning counters the pricing formula for grazing on public land has essentially beenfrozen by the executive order since 1986 when Ronald Reagan was president.

“The grazing fee today is the same as it was 30 years ago,” Horning said. “Name one commodity or one resource that you can extract today for the same fee you could 30 years ago.”

But for ranchers like Mike Lucero, grazing cattle along the Rio Cebolla is something his family has done for generations, going back to the time of land grants in New Mexico, predating the existence of the U.S. Forest Service.

“This is my family and ancestors’ heritage,” said Lucero, a member of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association.

Unique to states such as New Mexico, land grants were awarded to settlers by the Spanish government during colonial times. Under the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, the U.S. government pledged to honor the grants, but property disputes have persisted in the Southwest ever since.

“I totally agree, there is a discounted rate involved,” Lucero told New Mexico Watchdog this summer. “But when that used to be a land grant, that wasn’t federal land at all. So you’re telling me I don’t have a right to get a discount when it was taken away from my ancestors to begin with? Everyone knows land grants are for the people in those communities to make a living off of.”

Ranchers at the Rio Cebolla say their cattle only use the meadow for four-five weeks in the fall and one-two weeks in the spring. They insist they keep the area in excellent shape.

But environmental groups say the habitat for the meadow jumping mouse has been systematically degraded in New Mexico, as well as Arizona and Colorado.

“We are asking the Forest Service to keep cows out of 1 percent of public lands that have streams and rivers,” Bird said. “The livestock industry needs stop kicking and screaming and cooperate to ensure clean water and healthy wildlife.”

“Ranchers are responsible for the stewardship of their land,” said Cowan. “Recreationists don’t pay to hunt or hike or fish on those lands. But the timber industry, the oil and gas industry, the livestock industry (do). I think guides and outfitters even have to have some kind of permit. Those folks are paying the government something.

While WildEarth Guardians has filed its lawsuit to protect the mouse’s habitat, the ranchers have filed their own, alleging the Forest Service of heavy-handedness and not following its own environmental analysis.

Regardless of what decision is reached, it’s clear the debate — and the rhetoric — over grazing fees will continue.

“Grazing permits are costly food stamps for cattle,” wrote an attorney from Utah in the Salt Lake City Tribune earlier this year.

“The whole purpose of what (environmental groups) are doing on the land is not to save anything, it’s to protect it from people who actually doing something productive and I’m talking about ranchers ,” said C.J. Hadley, publisher of the pro-rancher publication RANGE magazine.

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Is There A Biological Top In Feedlot Performance?

By Nevil Speer via Beef

The beef industry continues to make consistent strides toward improved productivity and efficiency.

Last week’s Industry At A Glance featured discussion around the enduring trend of heavier carcass weights over time. Most notably, a new record was established in September at 889 lbs., with seasonally heavier weights expected in the months to come. The discussion also included some of the contributors to the long-running trend. These include better genetics, more precise nutritional strategies, use of beta agonists, improved knowledge management and better overall cattle management.

Kansas State University produces a monthly summary of feedlot performance and feed costs across the state that dates back to 1990. The data series represents raw means from feedyards; as such, it isn’t weighted by the number of head reported. Nonetheless, the general trend provides some important insights.

The accompanying graph represents 12-month moving averages for both steer average daily gain (ADG) and steer feed conversion (on a dry-matter basis). Steers in 1990 had an ADG of 3.09 lbs./day and required 6.51 lbs. of feed for 1 lb. of gain. Fast-forward to 2014, and through August, the 12-month moving average is 3.71 lbs. and 5.92 lbs. for ADG and feed conversion, respectively.

Those gains represent improvements of 20% and 10%, respectively. It’s the equivalent of 1% and .5% annual improvement, respectively. It should be noted that the large spikes in the data series occurred because of harsh winter conditions in early 1993.

The beef industry continues to make consistent strides toward improved productivity and efficiency. Remember, these are averages, so there are cattle that far exceed these gain and efficiency benchmarks.

Similar to last week’s discussion on carcass weight, the inherent question surrounds the upper bounds of possibility. At what point does the industry reach or exceed some biological maximum in which these trends begin to level off? How soon might that occur? What drivers might cause a leveling-off, or a reversal, of the long-running trend?

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A Handbook for Ranch ManagersA Handbook for Ranch Managers.  In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualPlanned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual. This is the ideal squeal to A Handbook for Ranch Managers.  Although the ecological principles remain the same, what was originally known as “The Savory Grazing Method” now answers to a multitude of different names: ranching for profit, holistic management, managed grazing, mob grazing, management intensive grazing, etc. Land & Livestock International, Inc. uses “Restoration Grazing” under its “Managing the Ranch as a Business” program.” No mater what you call it, this summary and synopsis will guide you step by step through the process and teach you how to use it as it was originally intended. No more excuses for failing to complete your grazing plans.

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5 Tips For Getting The Most Cash For Your Cull Cows

by Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily

The cull cow market is typically saturated in the late fall and early winter months. Cody Wright, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist, offers five tips for managing and marketing cull cows to get the best price at sale time.

Last week, I mentioned that we were preg-checking our cows. I’m happy to say that, following the ultrasound exams on our herd, our veterinarian reported that we had very few open cows. This allows us to be more discriminating in our culling this fall, and we’ll now examine other variables such as disposition, poor production or udder problems. As one reader aptly wrote, he selects cull cows with the four “O’s” — open, old, ornery or odd.

Now that we have our culls sorted from our keepers, it’s time to decide the best way to manage and market this group of cows. This is particularly important because cull cow receipts account for 15-30% of income from the cow-calf enterprise, according to Cody Wright, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist.

Wright offers five considerations for getting the best bang for your cull cows.

  1. Hit the cull cow market at its peak time.

“In the Northern Great Plains, the market is generally the highest in the late spring and early summer months and the lowest in the late fall and early winter,” says Wright. “During the fall and early winter, many producers are weaning and preg-checking the herd. Consequently, large numbers of cows are likely to flood the market and depress prices. Any strategy that can be implemented to market cull cows outside of this seasonal price trend can help improve revenue.”

  1. Consider feeding cull cows to delay marketing.

“Cows can be fed for a period of time to delay marketing to more favorable periods,” says Wright. “Along with delaying marketing, feeding cull cows for a period of time can increase final weight and improve dressing percent and quality grade.”

  1. Feed culls to improve quality grade.

Cull cows can be marketed as slaughter cows or bred females, depending on pregnancy status, of course. If choosing to market as fed or slaughter cows, the quality grade can greatly impact the price. Cull cows generally fall into one of five grades: Commercial, Utility-Breaker, Utility-Boner, Cutter, and Canner.

“More commonly, a mature cow older than four years of age, will fall into the bottom three grades, while a younger cow is more likely to be in the Commercial and Utility-Breaker grades,” says Wright. “It is possible for young cows to qualify for the same gradesused for young cattle (Prime, Choice, Select and Standard).”

Wright suggests feeding cull cows a high-energy diet for as few as 50 days. He says this strategy can significantly increase the final weight and quality grade as well as the fat color.

  1. Graze crop residues for cheaper gains.

It may not be realistic to keep a group of cull cows in a place where they can be fed a finishing diet, so grazing crop residues may be the most affordable option to add weight before marketing. This is typically what we do before selling, and we have found grazing corn stalks is a cheap way to add weight to both cull cows and pregnant cows going into the winter months.

According to Wright, “The general rule of thumb for gestating cows is 1 acre/cow/month. However, when feeding cull cows, it may be desirable to allow more acreage/cow to provide more corn for a longer period of time. Under these conditions, it’s not unreasonable to expect a cow grazing corn stalks to gain 1.5+ lbs./day. Over two months, a cow can conceivably gain 90 lbs., or approximately one body condition score.”

  1. Pencil out the pros and cons of implants.

“Implanting cull cows can improve feedlot performance, carcass weight and tenderness,” says Wright.

There are several studies that compare the use of estrogenic and adrogenic implants on cull cows and how well they can improve daily gains, final weights, hot carcass weight, ribeye area and yield grade. Do your research before selecting an implant option and consider how long you plan to keep culls around to see if it’s worth the time, money and labor.

We are still debating whether to sell our cull cows as bred cows or slaughter cows, but we will certainly keep in mind these five considerations as we make our decision. How do you market your cull cows to get the best price? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of Beefmagazine.com or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View

edited by

Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume

Is now available in both PAPERBACK and Kindle

BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.

As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.

However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.

The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.

The intellectual level of the individual works ranges from quite scholarly to informed editorial opinion.

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Another Day, Another Record High; Are We Close?

…humans concentrate on what they know and fail to take into consideration what they don’t know.

Did you ever hear anyone brag at a cocktail party about how much money they LOST on an investment? And you never will either. — jtl

by Cassie Fish, CassandraFish.com via The Beef

During the thinly traded pre-8 a.m. trading hours, CME LC cattle futures gave late-comer bulls a gift and sold off over a buck, while heartening bears who could Tweet about the possibility of another reversal. For old bulls, those that have been around for this patience-testing remarkable run, it’s time to take the deepest seat yet.

This bull market may be long in the tooth, but it continues to make history and history-making commonplace. Spot Oct and most active Dec LC have both made contract highs and all-time highs this morning.

Perception Versus Reality

Sometime there is no fading the news. Sometimes, even in today’s world of electronic trading, high frequency traders, every kind of committed trading arrangement between packer and cattle feeder resulting in less competition and a great deal less transparency—markets still prevail.

On June 25, “The Beef” featured the Black Swan theory put forth by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book, The Black Swan, The Impact of the Highly Improbable. To recap, Taleb submits that humans concentrate on what they know and fail to take into consideration what they don’t know. The result, according to the author, is the difficulty in in truly estimating opportunities.

If it were up to some traders and not to the market itself, the lights would already have been turned out for this bull party. But the market’s job of price discovery is still valid. And plain old supply and demand still valid too.

The fundamentals have been discussed, crunched, disputed, argued, ignored and embraced this year. Mostly though, this particularly exceptional set of fundamentals have taught cattle and beef traders’ humility and that history is no road map when a paradigm is truly shifting. The numbers themselves and our perceptions about those numbers have only gotten us so far, while reality, especially the discovery of the unexpected inelasticity of beef prices, has been the real driver.

It certainly might seem with Oct LC over $41 higher than November 2013 and $14 higher since the Black Swan blog post ran June 25 that the bull market must be getting close to concluding. But then again, that’s just the application of what we think we know. Not the examination of what we don’t.

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Disclaimer:  The Beef, CBP nor Cassie Fish shall not be liable for decisions or actions taken based on the data/information/opinions.

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The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)The Essence of Liberty Volume I: Liberty and History chronicles the rise and fall of the noble experiment with constitutionally limited government. It features the ideas and opinions of some of the world’s foremost contemporary constitutional scholars. This is history that you were not taught at the mandatory government propaganda camps otherwise known as “public schools.” You will gain a clear understanding of how America’s decline and decay is really nothing new and how it began almost immediately with the constitution. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II (The Economics of Liberty)The Essence of Liberty Volume II: The Economics of Liberty will introduce the reader to the fundamental principles of the Austrian School of Economics. The Austrian School traces its origins back to the Scholastics of Medieval Spain. But its lineage actually began with Carl Menger and continued on through Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard and many others. It is the one and only true private property based, free market line of economic thought. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)The Essence of Liberty Volume III: Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic. This is the volume that pulls it all together. With reference to Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s description of Murray Rothbard’s work, it is a “unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.” Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

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Blue: For Earth. For Humanity. For Freedom. DVD

You may be shocked to discover that their worst enemy has become the ‘environmental’ movement.

I don’t think it would shock anybody that has hung out on this blob for any length of time at all. Order your copy of the film at: Patriot Depot.– jtl

This Film Unmasks the UN’s Agenda 21 Plan!

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  • What if the “green” movement isn’t saving the earth, but instead is enslaving humanity?

    BLUE is more than a film, it’s an idea. Ideas have the power to change the way we think, begin movements, and even change the world. One of the most prominent idea of our time today is the Green Movement, which says that the Earth is threatened by the activity, even the existence, of mankind, and that the noble response is to restrict our freedom in order to save the planet. The movie BLUE challenges that idea. BLUE is an independently funded and filmed documentary by director, JD King.

     

    “In BLUE, filmmaker JD King takes you into some of the most spectacular forest lands in North America, and introduces you to many of the real people who have made their lives there for generations. They are now in a desperate battle to save everything they value, their land, their jobs, their families, their way of life. You may be shocked to discover that their worst enemy has become the ‘environmental’ movement. Do our new environmental governors really know what is best for these rich precious lands? To the contrary, JD King explores the reality underneath the rhetoric, and shows that this movement is no longer about humans’ proper conservancy of nature, but is all about seizing the new ‘green’—of money, power and dictatorial control. Can rational rules for these lands–based on the human values of rights and freedom—prevail? Some of the true stories you will see in this movie may outrage you, some of them will move and inspire you, but you will never take the claims and demands of ‘environmental leaders’ at face value again after experiencing BLUE.” — Prof. Matt Malkin, UCLA

    Run time: 58 minutes

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