Comments 5-17-17

This Wednesday marks the day that President Trump’s trade team will start meeting with representatives from Canada and Mexico in an effort to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This agreement has been in place for the past 23 years. President Trump, throughout his Presidential campaign, called NAFTA a “disaster” for factory workers here in the United States.
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Comments ~ 8-10-2017

My travel has picked up somewhat in the last couple of weeks as it is now time to get my fall sale schedules in place and get our Herd Reference Edition put together, plus it’s fair time!

Summer is rapidly coming to an end, and we are ramping up here at the Reporter to get ready for the upcoming fall sale

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Comments 8-3-17

Officials from Japan confirmed last week that they were going to be raising the tariff on U.S. frozen beef from 38.5% to 50%. Rising imports of American beef in the first quarter of the Japanese year triggered a safeguard, thus increasing the tariff rate. This safeguard under WTO is supposedly in place to protect the cattle producers of Japan.
U.S. Ag

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Comments July 27, 2017

I am sitting here at my computer in the beautiful Snowbird Ski Resort in Snowbird, UT. I mentioned last week I would be attending the Ag Media Summit. We are sitting here at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Last night we all took the tram up to the summit (11,000 feet) where we had a wonderful dinner and were fortunate

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Comments 7-20-17

By the time many of you receive this week’s Reporter, I will already be in Utah for the 19th Annual Ag Media Summit. This is one of the largest gatherings of livestock media and crop professionals that there is in the country each year.

The Ag Media Summit is a joint meeting of several organizations, including the American Agricultural Editors’ Association,

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Comments 7-13-17

I was browsing through the Wall Street Journal on July 7 and came across an article written by Laura O’Reilly that really caught my attention. It deals with how many consumers have changed some of their shopping preferences. Here is an excerpt from the article titled “Lost in the Supermarket” …

Food brands such as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Aunt Jemima

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Comments 7-6-2017

Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend! It has certainly been extremely warm around most all of Reporter Country. This weather has been making me extremely nervous for those folks in the extreme dry areas of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and probably some other drought-stricken areas around the country.

There have been several video auction sales that

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Comments 6-29-17

There has been quite a lot of news come out since the last time I visited with all of you. First of all, I know that most of you realize that last week cattle futures really went in the tank for several days in a row. This most certainly started to send shivers down the spines of all of us

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Comments 6-22-17

Several weeks ago I mentioned the fact that there would be some exciting news regarding the Western Ag Reporter. It has taken a little longer than I anticipated, and I apologize for the delay.
We are so proud and excited to announce that the Reporter has launched a brand new website and that we now have a free Mobile App that

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Comments 6-15-17

Early this week the USDA released a report with the information regarding the requirements from China as far as importing beef from the United States. I realize that I have talked about this quite a bit recently, but I wanted to follow up and share with you what China is demanding in order to import our beef again for the

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Comments 6-8-17

There are quite a number of positive things to talk about as we get ready to enter the big push in the calf and yearling marketing season. These next few months (June through November), we will see the vast majority of the feeder cattle in this nation marketed in the video auctions and through the auction markets across the United

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Comments 6-1-17

I am sitting here at my computer on the evening of Memorial Day. For the last couple of days, I have been thinking an awfully lot about my father. His birthday would have been May 28. To this day, he is still the greatest American that I have ever known, and it did me proud again today to see the

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Comments 5-23-17

What Generation Are You?
I have had many conversations and questions over the past year or so on the subject of “generations.” The national press loves to talk about the Millennial Generation. I think we all realize that this generation mainly deals with the younger people in this country, but I don’t think that most of us realize what exactly the

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Comments 5-18-17

Some big news was announced from the White House late last Thursday afternoon. A trade agreement between the United States and China was reached that will allow exports of U.S. beef to resume to China for the first time in over 13 years, dating back to 2003 when a cow originating from Canada was found with BSE here in the

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Comments 5-11-17

Fed cattle traded strongly to the higher side again last week, seeing some cattle bring up to $149! This was extremely good news at the middle part of last week. But then Friday saw some limit down and near limit down futures. There is no doubt that this threw some chills into some of the markets. I think there is

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Comments

The cattle markets continued on an upward trend again last week. Fed cattle sold liberally in the $137 range and topped out at $140. This market was again $5 to $6 higher than the week before. Feeder cattle saw an amazing run as well… as they were up right at $9 between Wednesday and Thursday of last week. I think

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COMMENTS 4-27-2017

Fed cattle sold extremely well again last week. I found it interesting to watch what happened on the Fed Cattle Exchange. Prior to Wednesday, many of the feeders were asking $132 to $133, but the packers were only bidding $129. Some of the feedlots in the South decided to go ahead and sell some cattle on the Fed Cattle Exchange

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Comments

We continue to see improved markets as far as live and feeder cattle are concerned here in the last week. Live cattle futures traded higher for seven straight days, and feeder cattle futures traded higher for the last six sessions. This is as of my press-time deadline of Monday, April 17.

We are also seeing quite a number of these weigh-up

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Comments

We continue to see improved markets as far as live and feeder cattle are concerned here in the last week. Live cattle futures traded higher for seven straight days, and feeder cattle futures traded higher for the last six sessions. This is as of my press-time deadline of Monday, April 17.

We are also seeing quite a number of these weigh-up

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Comments 4-20-2017

We continue to see improved markets as far as live and feeder cattle are concerned here in the last week. Live cattle futures traded higher for seven straight days, and feeder cattle futures traded higher for the last six sessions. This is as of my press-time deadline of Monday, April 17.

We are also seeing quite a number of these weigh-up

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Comments 4-13-2017

There has been some pretty big news happening around the world the past few days. I think that, when President Trump gave the “Green Light” to respond militarily to Syria using chemical weapons on its own people, not only woke up most all Americans (including many in our very own Congress), but it was also a huge wake-up call to

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Comments 4-6-2017

One of the major issues that President Trump talked about all through the Presidential campaign, and also now following his election, has been that of tax reform and cutting taxes. One of the taxes that I truly feel needs to repealed is the Estate Tax, better known as the Death Tax.

President Trump and the congressional lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are

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COMMENTS 3-30-2017

It seems unbelievable to me that we are already at the end of March and entering April. In essence, the spring bull sale season is just about a month from finishing up. There are a few sales around Reporter Country that go into May, but not very many. It feels to me like we are only about half done with

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Comments 3-23-2017

By now you realize the size of this week\’s Reporter! We are so appreciative of all the loyal customers that utilize our paper for their advertising venues throughout the course of each year. This includes operations that have advertised with us for the last 50+ years straight to those that are just getting going with us. It is very humbling

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Comments 3-16-207

I have had the opportunity to visit with a few people from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas at a couple of bulls I have worked in the last few days. The damages and losses are absolutely horrific! I am not going to go into damages and estimates of economic losses, as I am sure that most all of you have been

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Comments 3-9-2017

We are sneaking up on the middle of March, so I guess one could say that I am about exactly at the mid-point of the 2017 spring bull sale season. Things have been moving along rapidly, and it is hard for me to grasp the fact that we are already nearing mid-March.

Bull sales around Reporter Country, for the most part,

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COMMENTS 2-23-2017

We saw a little bit of a slide in live cattle futures last Wednesday and Thursday, but things improved again on Friday, based on higher than expected fed cattle prices and better money in wholesale beef values.

I think most traders expected weaker cash cattle trade because of poor packer profits, but cattle actually traded nearly par to the week before

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Comments 2-16-2017

Sale season has kicked into full swing around Reporter Country. There are very few days from now until the end of April that I will not be attending a production sale somewhere in my territory. I read an article this past weekend that really ties in with all the sales I am working and all the genetics and bulls I am

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Comments 2-9-2017

I am sure that you have seen in our paper and on our website the last couple of weeks that sale season is in full swing around Reporter Country. I have been traveling really hard ever since I returned home from the National Western Stock Show and have had a lot of “windshield time” so far in 2017. The problem

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Comments 2-2-2017

We have been enjoying an improved cattle market here for the last couple of months. With that said, the futures were down pretty good early this week due to the Cattle On Feed report that came out last Friday. When you look at the numbers, you would certainly have to call the report “bearish,” especially when you look at the

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Comments 1-26-2017

There has been a lot of talk lately around the circles that I travel concerning the fact that President Trump had not yet named a Secretary of Agriculture. In fact, it came down to the last Cabinet position that had not been filled. This made a number of folks start to ask questions. There were two different ways to look

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Comments 1-19-2017

I returned from Denver this past Sunday and have been hot on the trail again around my territory getting ready for the upcoming Spring Sale Season… AKA, I have been taking a lot of bull pictures for advertising and sale catalogs! It was a pretty good culture shock to leave bare ground and 50-degree weather in Denver and return home

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Comments 1-12-17

I am coming to you this week from the National Western Stock Show here in Denver, Colorado. I traveled to Denver on Tuesday of last week through some pretty tough winter conditions. I know that many of you around Reporter Country have seen some very tough winter as well. It looks to me like we may be in for an

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Comments 1-5-2017

Well, here we go… WELCOME TO 2017!  I mentioned last week that, the next time I would be talking to all of you, I would already be at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. I just arrived in Denver, and there will be plenty of Stock Show results in the Reporter in the next couple of weeks. The

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Comments 12-29-16

First of all, I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. This is the last time I will be in contact with all of you this year. I have heard many people say over the previous couple of months that they can\’t wait for this year to get over and that they

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Comments 12-22-16

My 2016 sale season is officially over. I am sitting here at my computer on Monday night, December 19, after working my last production sale of the year today. I am sitting here contemplating not only the fall sale season, but also the general marketing season for the year of 2016.I guess it would suffice to say that it was

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Comments 12-15-16

It is simply amazing how the tides turn sometimes. It was not so long ago that the Clinton campaign was pretty much calling Donald Trump un-American for saying many times throughout his campaign that the election was rigged. Now that the election is over and Hillary lost, her campaign is claiming the election was rigged. Pretty complete reversal of strategy,

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Comments 12-8-16

We have had a huge couple of weeks of sales here in my traveling area, and there\’s over a week to go yet in the fall sale season. For the most part, the sales have been fantastic. Yes, they are lower than they were a year ago, but that is to be expected. But I heard the comment many, many

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Comments 12-1-16

I hope all of you out there in Reporter Country had a very Happy Thanksgiving. I know that all of our families sure had a great time. Debi and I had a very special treat this year in that we had both of our kids home for Thanksgiving. This is the first time for several years that this has happened.

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Comments 11-24-16

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there in Reporter Country. I am smack-dab in the middle of the fall production sale season, but it sure is nice that I was able to be home for a few days leading up to Thanksgiving and was able to spend some quality time with my own family as well as the entire

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Comments 11-17-16

This is the first time that I have had the opportunity to visit with all of you since the elections took place last week. I tried to stay awake to watch the final outcome on the news, but I finally gave up and went to bed as I had a bull sale on Wednesday following election day.I have said many

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Comments 11-10-16

I just returned from the National Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had a booth there for the Reporter and was able to talk to an abundance of breeders from the width and breadth of the United States. Yes, this was the Angus convention, but keep in mind that a fair share of the breeders in attendance also raise another

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Comments 11-3-16

November is officially upon us, which means bull sale season is in full swing for me now. What is encouraging to me right now for breeders with upcoming sales is the fact that the cattle markets are moving in the right direction. It seems like every auction market report you see from all across the country in the past week

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Comments 10-27-16

It sure is nice when I can talk about good news in the cattle industry… and there was quite an abundance of good news this last week. First of all, I attended the NILE right here in Billings all of last week. Cattle and folks from all over the United States were in attendance and represented in the shows and

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Comments 10-20-16

I think most of you by now have figured out that I try to read The Wall Street Journal as much as I can. I receive the online version of the publication, but I don\’t seem to get to it every day. Evidently I missed the October 6, 2016, edition which contained a very good article pertaining to labeling beef.

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Comments 10-13-16

I mentioned last week that we have been seeing increased beef export numbers and decreased beef import numbers so far in 2016.  We have also been talking quite a lot this year about total red meat and poultry production and the huge amount of protein that is in the supply chain.The August numbers have come out pertaining to all of

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Comments 10-6-16

Everyone continues to ask the question whether or not we have seen the low in the present cattle cycle. It\’s a good question. If we are not there, I think we are really close. But when it comes right down to it, it\’s anybody\’s guess.  It goes without saying that we have seen a huge correction in our industry from

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Comments 9-29-16

It is always nice when I can talk about some good news in the beef industry. I am sure that many of you by now have heard the news that China is lifting its ban on United States beef imports. This ban has been in place for 13 years, which of course came about because of the BSE scare back

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Comments 9-22-16

The Fall Season is officially upon us. Summer 2016 has come and gone, and honestly, I must say that I am glad to see this summer end. It was as hot and dry around here than I can ever remember. Thank God that we did receive the moisture that we did in May and June so that we were able

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Comments 9-15-16

I had a couple of pretty long trips this past week, which afforded me a lot of time to think and to listen to various news channels. As all of you know, this past Sunday was the 15th anniversary of 9-11 in which nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in what was deemed as the deadliest attack on the United States

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Comments 9-8-16

Just in the past couple of weeks, the vegan movement came after all of us that make our living in the production of meat protein. I know that this is not surprising to any of us as we fight all the lies the vegan/ vegetarian groups propagate 365 days a year. But in the last couple of weeks, we have

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Comments 9-1-16

I read an article in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that talked about food prices in grocery stores around the United States. This story started out explaining that this country is on track to post the longest stretch of falling food prices in more than 50 years. The fact that there are excess supplies of dairy products, meat,

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Comments 8-25-16

The end of August is approaching rapidly, and Labor Day is just around the corner… almost time to put the felt hats back on! I for one am certainly ready to be done with all this excessive heat, and hopefully, the dry areas will receive ample moisture to put all these forest and grass fires to rest.Any of you who

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Comments 8-18-16

It was nice to see the markets come up off of the summer lows in the last couple of weeks. I think everybody had high hopes that the fed cattle market was finally going to push upward for a sustainable amount of time. But we have settled back again into the $118 to $120 range, and it looks like it

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Comments 8-11-16

I don\’t know if very many of you keep an eye on the jobs report that the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes out with every month, but this last report that came out last Friday was a big one, in my opinion. For those of you who don\’t know anything about this report, it is similar to the Cattle-On-Feed report

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Comments 8-4-16

I know that many of you, as valued readers of this publication, are most likely unaware of some very concerning things that are happening as far as our imports of beef to the United States are concerned. It certainly looks to me like the government of the United States is doing all that it can to pretty much “open up

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Comments 7-28-16

I\’m sitting here on a Monday night following the first day of the Northern Livestock Video Sale. There are still two more days of selling to take place, and I wish that I could wait to talk to all of you until the conclusion of the sale, but press deadlines will not allow me to do so.The market so far

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Comments 7-21-16

One of the biggest “buzz words” for the past couple of years in the beef industry has been “sustainability.” I think that most people generally have a pretty good grasp of what sustainability means in the cattle business, but I have run into quite a number of people lately that have questioned what the true meaning of sustainability is. I

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Comments 7-14-16

I hate to keep harping on the “labeling” issue side of our industry, but I just can\’t help it. I think that most all of you out there know that I have been a big supporter of Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL). It took a very long time to get it into place, but then just as fast, Congress voted to do away

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Comments 7-7-16

Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend and Happy 240th Birthday to the United States of America! We live in the greatest country in the world and enjoy freedoms that many other people around the world do not have the liberty to enjoy. I think many of our very own citizens do not realize how good all

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Comments 6-30-16

As of press-time, financial markets have showed signs of stabilizing somewhat following huge falls in the British pound and global equities after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union last week, or “Brexit” as everyone has come to call it.According to an article written by Christopher Whittal in the June 28 Wall Street Journal, futures markets pointed to a

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Comments 6-23-16

Sorry I didn\’t get the chance to wish all of you Dads out there Happy Father\’s Day until after the fact, but nonetheless, HAPPY FATHER\’S DAY! I was in the middle of breeding cows and sorting breeding pastures, and I simply dropped the ball and barely made it home myself for Father\’s Day.I think all of you fathers that are

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Comments 6-16-16

The shooting that took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend was absolutely horrendous! This is being called the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. It just makes you sick to your stomach to think that one guy could do all of this in the name of ISIS. The shooter, Omar Mateen, called

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Comments 6-9-16

A couple of new things are on the horizon as far as food labeling is concerned. First of all, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a new ruling last month that requires that beef which has been mechanically tenderized must be labeled as such and must also include safe cooking instructions right on the label as well. Tenderizing meat

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Comments 6-2-16

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. Many people refer to Memorial Day as the “unofficial” start of summer, even though the official start of summer is in the third week of June. Memorial Day just seems to get everyone in the mood for summer. Grilling season is now officially underway. From now until Labor Day, grills all

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Comments 5-26-16

First of all, here is to wishing all of you a very Happy Memorial Day. I think that most people realize that Memorial Day is a day to remember all of the men and women who have died during military service for the United States of America. I decided to do a little research on Memorial Day and dig into

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Comments 5-19-16

Since January of this year, I have heard more folks talking about exports than I ever have before. I know that most people realize the amount of beef that has been and will be in the supply chain. I know that many are praying that exports will pick up to get through some of this supply in a quicker fashion.I

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Comments 5-12-16

My Spring Bull Sale Season came to a screaming halt last week as I worked my last sale on May 4. Now it is time to put on some A.I. gloves and get some cattle work done, which includes picturing quite a few herd bulls for people before the bulls get turned out to breeding pasture; I may even have

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Comments 5-5-16

First of all, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all you Moms out there a very Happy Mother\’s Day. Some of you will read this before Mother\’s Day, and some, after.I drove a large number of miles this past week working bull sales and hauling some bulls around. I had the opportunity to listen to a number

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Comments 4-28-16

The Cattle On Feed report came out late last week, and March cattle placements in feedlots hit a five-year low.  Even though cattle placements into United States feedlots last month were up 5% from March 2015, they were the smallest for the month in the last five years. Some industry analysts are saying the unexpected slower placement is due to

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Comments 4-21-16

Have you noticed lately that pretty much nobody has been talking about the stock markets? Many people I have talked to quit watching the stock markets because it was getting depressing and they didn\’t want to see how bad their 401Ks were doing. As of early this week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had advanced in four of the past

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Comments 4-14-16

Here we are already in mid-April. By the time most of you receive this week\’s Reporter, I will be down to only having four or five bull sales left. I know it seems like I say it every year, but it truly seems like time flies by faster and faster with the passing of each and every year!There is a

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Comments 4-7-16

The 2016 planted acreage report came out last Friday with some really surprising news, in my opinion. I … and everyone I have talked in the last few months in the major corn-growing areas … have all been of the opinion that there were going to be an abundance of acres that had been being used to raise corn over

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Comments 3-31-16

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. Ours was fantastic, and what made it even better was the fact that we received some measurable rain. Thank God and hopefully it keeps on coming now.Now that Easter is over, it means that we are well over half done with the spring 2016 bull sale season. This certainly doesn\’t seem possible…

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Comments 3-24-16

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy & Blessed Easter. We all need to keep in mind that Christ died for all of us so that we all have the opportunity to be saved. If you have faith in your life, treat people right, and have

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Comments 3-17-16

“Top of the day to you all!” and Happy Saint Patrick\’s Day! The publication date of this week\’s Reporter is March 17. As you might expect, St. Patrick\’s Day is a huge holiday for everyone in our family. Our father was so, so proud of his Irish heritage, and this was instilled in all of us kids as well. I

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Comments 3-10-16

I think most all of you know how many miles I put on at this time of the year and how many nights I spend in hotels traveling from sale to sale. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is to turn on one of the national news stations. More times than not, while I

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Comments 3-3-16

Fed cattle markets showed some strength last week with quite a number of live cattle selling at $137, up about $3 as compared to last week. For several months, there have been many of us talking about the fed cattle market. The reason we got ourselves into a jam with all the overweight, market-ready cattle was because the fed market

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Comments 2-25-16

Here we are already with the last issue of the Reporter for the month of February. I know by the time some of you receive this week\’s issue of the paper it will already be March. During this busy time of the season with all the travel and all the sales, it really is amazing how fast time flies by!Once

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Comments 2-18-16

I received a little culture shock when I traveled to North Dakota to work a couple of sales at the end of last week. Last Wednesday, when I took bull pictures in Billings, it was 64 degrees, and I was down to just a long sleeve shirt. When I left home last Thursday morning at 7 a.m., it was 50

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Comments 2-11-16

Sale season is in full swing around all areas of Reporter Country. I personally got underway last week with pretty much a sale every day but one last week. I must say that the sales I have worked and the reports I have been receiving from around the rest of the country are certainly showing that these bull sales are

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Comments 2-4-16

Beef exports had a big week this last week, according to FAS/USDA data. Net sales of 19,600 Metric Tons (MT), which includes 8,400 MT to Japan, 4,200 MT to Hong Kong, 2,900 MT to South Korea, 1,300 MT to Mexico, and 1,000 MT to Canada. Exports of U.S. beef came in at 11,700 MT, which includes 3,600 MT to Japan,

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Comments 1-28-16

Most all of you know that I have to travel a lot with my job. The past few months I have been amazed every time I finish putting diesel in my pickup at how little money it takes to fill my tank now. It seems like it was not very long ago that the pump would automatically shut off at

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Comments 1-21-16

I returned home from the National Western Stock Show this past Sunday. Once again, the Stock Show saw some amazingly large crowds, especially on the weekends. Rumor has it that construction on the new yards facility is due to get underway very soon and that renovation of the entire facility as we all know it should be getting underway soon

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Comments 1-14-2016

Well here I am front and center! I figured I had better get a new photo as I have not had a new one taken for many years. The new photo is just one small part of my transition from inside page to front page.This transition has gradually been happening since my very first day with the Reporter back on

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Comments 1-7-16

December 31, 2015, will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of all of our family members and thousands upon thousands of others around the world that knew my dad. I\’m not going to go on and on about his accomplishments as I know many of you already know them and have read the obituary. I would rather talk

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Comments 12-31-15

Happy New Year, Everyone! This is the last issue of the Reporter for the year 2015. At this time last year, we were enjoying the highest cattle market in history. Things started to change a little fit after the first couple of months of last year, and by the time we got into the summer marketing season, the futures markets

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Comments 12-24-15

John & Debi, Machaela & Zack, & Pip!

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity… on behalf of myself, my wife Debi, Machaela, Zack, & of course our new puppy Pip… to wish all of you and yours a Very Merry & Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! The holidays are an extremely special time of the year,

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Comments 12-17-15

I finished up with my last sale of 2015 this past Tuesday. I had been going to a sale pretty much every day since Thanksgiving. Time has been flying by as it really seems like Thanksgiving was just a few days ago!The production sales I attended were absolutely amazing for the most part. This is especially true when one considers

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Comments 12-10-15

The ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday sent cattle futures to near limit down levels. Clear back in June, the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal COOL. Now here we are in December, and the Senate has yet to vote on it. In the meantime, Canada and Mexico have been pushing the WTO to approve

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Comments 12-3-15

Hope all of you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know all of the families involved in our operations certainly enjoyed this holiday and truly valued the time that we got to spend together.It just seems amazing to me that we are already into the month of December. We are right in the middle of one of the biggest

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Comments 11-26-15

I don\’t know how it happened, but Thanksgiving truly just snuck up on me this year. I guess by now all of you have realized that the date on this week\’s Reporter is Thanksgiving Day. I really do wish that I would have talked about Thanksgiving last week so that I would not be talking about this holiday “after the

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Comments 11-19-15

I was traveling home during the afternoon and evening last week on November 13. I was listening to a sports channel on Sirius radio when the breaking news came in that a full blown terrorist attack was taking place in Paris, France. I immediately switched the radio channel to Fox News and listened to the happenings that were going on

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Comments 11-12-15

The fall sale season has kicked in full swing for me around my traveling area. The sales thus far have been extremely, extremely strong across all breeds. I know we are really just getting started, but some of the sales I have attended have been stronger than they were a year ago as far as the bulls go.Quite a few

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Comments 11-5-15

Last week was a little topsy-turvy again as far as cattle futures were concerned, but the prices at the auction markets around the country held pretty darn good, in my opinion, with many stockyards around the United States seeing very large runs of cattle coming to town right now. If you think about it, we have seen cattle futures rebound

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Comments 10-29-15

The news that came out Monday, October 26 from the World Health Organization (WHO) was certainly a blow beneath the belt for those of us involved in the business of producing protein! WHO made the announcement that “processed meat” may be causative for cancer. They even went on to say that unprocessed red meat may also be carcinogenic.You can imagine

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Comments 10-22-15

Included with this week\’s edition of the Reporter is our annual Herd Reference Edition. We are extremely proud of this edition and all of the breeders that are contained within its pages. “Reporter Country,” as we like to call it, is home to many of the best breeders of all breeds that there are in America. We are proud to

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Comments 10-15-15

We have been enjoying a pretty good rebound in what live cattle are selling for and the future markets here the past few days! One can almost hear a somewhat sigh of relief as I visit with folks in my travels the past few days.Prior to the markets starting to move back to the upside, I think the question I

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Comments 10-8-15

I am sure that it did not take most of you very much time at all to realize that this edition of the Reporter is our annual Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) issue. Our family is very proud of the fact that Dad was a very instrumental part in getting NILE off the ground and up and running. The idea

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Comments 10-1-15

We are into October now, but the temperatures we have been seeing around the Northwest the last week or so certainly feel like Summer more than they do Fall. Many areas have been reaching temps into the high 80s and low 90s! There are many operations that are weaning their calves, and these levels of heat are certainly not ideal

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