Comments on TPP

President Trump has been constantly pushing to address the trade issues the United States faces with multiple countries around the world.  It started just three days into his Presidency when he removed the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  President Trump said this move was aimed at protecting U.S. jobs.

Most recently, it has been the trade-war

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Comments on Trade with China

Aside from the winter that won’t seem to go away around much of Reporter Country, the absolute most-talked-about subject around my traveling area has been the proposed trade/tariff war occurring between the United States and China. All of the financial markets, including cattle and grain futures, have been feeling the stress of this.

I have been asked countless times how I

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Comments

I hope each and every one of you and yours had a Happy & Blessed Easter. It was nice to spend a day and a half or so with all of our families. Easter dinner got cut a little short as another storm was brewing, and a couple of us were forced to leave Easter night to get to our

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Comments on Trump’s Tariff Announcements

Last week saw the markets in disarray following the news that President Trump was threatening China with tariffs if the United States was not granted more access to markets in China. The stock market here went sharply lower, and cattle futures did not like the news either.

I had many discussions with people at the sales I attended last week about

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JBS Five Rivers’ Feedlot Sale Comments

We all received the news back in mid-January that JBS Five Rivers’ cattle-feeding operations were being sold to Pinnacle Asset Management for $200 million. The sale announced at that time was pending on the approval from JBS and Pinnacle Asset Management as well as a United States regulatory review. Well, it looks like all the “i’s” have been dotted and

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Check your Bull Battery Early!

Here we are in mid-March, which pretty much means the 2018 spring sale season is half over, give or take. You have all heard me mention multiple times how hard the winter has been across much of Reporter Country. The majority of our readership area have endured two-three months of very trying conditions with a boatload of snow, very cold

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Fresh Burger at McDonald’s

I read some very interesting news in the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago. McDonald’s Corporation announced that, by May of this year—just a short month and a half from now, quarter-pound burgers at all their restaurants in the contiguous United States will be made from FRESH beef. This will be a big step for McDonald’s to provide

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Cattle on Feed Report Comments

The Cattle On Feed (COF) came out this past Friday. January placements came in at 2.068 million head, an increase of 4.4% as compared to the year earlier at 1.981 million, with the average guess being 1.989 million. Total cattle on feed numbers were also up 7.9% at 11.63 million head compared to 10.782 head a year ago, with the

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Comments ~ February 22, 2018

One of the biggest complaints I hear throughout the busy season in the fall with all the shipping going on is the difficulty finding trucks. I had always pretty much attributed to this to the lack of enough cattle haulers around the country. I know a few years ago we all endured the problems of not enough drivers available in

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February 15, 2018 Comments

Here we are in mid-February, and Mother Nature continues to hammer much of my traveling area with deep snow and cold temperatures. Heck, it even rained here in Billings for a couple of days last week and then dropped a foot of snow on us. This came on top of the near two feet of snow that has been around

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Comments ~ 2/8/18

The Spring 2018 bull sale season is kicking in, in a nice way, around the majority of areas known as Reporter Country. The sales I have attended in the past couple of weeks have all pretty much been stronger than they were a year ago… and in some cases, substantially stronger.

There has been a lot of cold and snow around

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A Look at the Cattle on Feed Report

The Cattle On Feed report this past Friday came back with some pretty big numbers once again on January 1, 2018. Total inventory in feedlots was up 108.3% as compared to a year ago at 11.49 million head—that’s the largest January total since 2012. The year of 2017 saw placement in feedlots up 8.8% at 1.91 million head as compared

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Government Shutdown

Certainly one of the biggest concerns over the past couple of weeks was if the government was going to shut down again. The Senate standoff that forced a three-day government shutdown ended on Monday of this week. Democrats finally accepted Republican leaders’ promises that they would bring an immigration bill to the floor in the near future.

The Senate quite easily

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NWSS Reflections

Wow… the National Western Stock Show was a whirlwind! I spent much of the last two weeks at this fantastic event. This year marks my 29th straight year of attending the Stock Show, and there are basically three things that have continually stood out to me each year after returning home from Denver.

First of all, Denver is a huge social

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Comments ~ 1/11/18

I am coming to you this week from the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. I have been down here for the better part of a week already, with the exception of flying home for the Diamond Ring Ranch Sale this past Monday and then returning Monday night. The sale, for the most part, was huge success, especially considering

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Comments ~ 1/4/18

Well, here we go into 2018… Hope everybody had a Very Happy New Year. Arctic cold and deep snow returned to many areas of Reporter Country over the New Year’s weekend. Last year this type of storm hit over Christmas, but this year, it decided to “ring in the new year!”

I just hope it gets it out of its system

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Comments ~ 12/28/17

This week will mark the final time I get to visit with all of you in the year 2017. Another year has come and gone, and it has done so quite rapidly. Each year seems to go by faster and faster. I think back to much of June, July, and August when it felt like Summer would just not get

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Comments ~ 12/21/17

Merry Christmas from John, Debi, Machaela & Zack Goggins.

I worked my last sale for 2017 this past Monday (December 18) and would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry & Blessed Christmas.

We enjoyed a good run here in the cattle industry in the later months of 2017. The feeder cattle and fed cattle

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Comments ~ 12/14/17

The fall sale season is starting to wind down and will come to a halt for me early next week.  Some amazing sales have taken place over the past month, or so.  One could say these sales, for the most part, have been absolutely outstanding.  I think one of the biggest surprises to many people has been the demand for

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Comments ~ 12/7/17

I was watching the national news early this past Monday morning when it was announced that President Trump was reducing the size of two national monuments in southern Utah by nearly two million acres combined. President Trump signed a proclamation on December 4—Bears Ears National Monument will be reduced from 1.35 million acres to 228,784 acres, an 83% reduction in

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Comments ~ 11/30/17

Hope all of you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Here in Billings, the weather was absolutely amazing. We set a record high temperature of 72 degrees on Thanksgiving Day. Quite a change from the below zero temperatures that many areas of Montana endured just three weeks ago! It sure has been nice to see the temperatures warm up

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Comments ~ 11/23/17

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving from my family and from all of us here at the Western Ag Reporter. Please take a moment or two at some point during this holiday to thank God for all of the blessings that all of us are so fortunate

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Comments ~ 11.16.17

Fed cattle sold lower last week for the first time in ten weeks. Packers bid lower money and held to it, and some feeders finally decided to take lower money. We saw an extremely impressive run for nearly the last two months. It was especially impressive because it was not that long ago that many analysts were predicting fed cattle

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Comments ~ 11/9/17

First of all, I absolutely had a blast at the Dallas Cowboys’ game last weekend! There were quite a number of people I saw at the game that had been attending the convention the previous two days. Let’s just say there were a lot of cowboy hats in the crowd at AT&T Stadium, mostly their first time to the stadium.

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Comments ~ 11/2/17

We have now entered the 11th month of 2017. This year is rapidly coming to an end. November means that bull sale season is kicking into high gear around Reporter Country. I have mentioned over the past few weeks that I had been working quite a number of registered and commercial bred female sales, and now in this last week,

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Comments ~ 10.26.17

There is an ample amount of good news to talk about in the last week regarding the cattle industry. Most of you know the Cattle On Feed report was released by the USDA last Friday. Despite placement numbers coming a little bit higher than the average guess, the good news is that live fed cattle sold at $112 last week…

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Comments 10-17-17

I have been attending the Norther International Livestock Exposition (NILE) here in Billings this week.  As of press-time, cattle numbers and attendance at the NILE appear to be well up as compared to the last couple of years.

The various breed sales and horse sales will get underway here right away, but no sales have taken place as of deadline time

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Comments ~ 10.12.17

The fall sale season has seen quite a number of sales take place over the past month around Reporter Country. So far, the sales have been nothing short of fantastic. The bull sales in California have been extremely strong, and the registered female sales of all breeds have been outstanding so far as well. I personally have not worked any

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Comments ~ 10.5.17

Our annual Herd Reference Edition was mailed along with this week’s Reporter. We made the decision several months ago that we wanted to come out with Herd Reference a little bit earlier than we have in the past, as normally we had not been mailing it until the end of October. Moving the “Herd Book” up a couple of weeks

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Comments 9-28-17

The month of September has pretty much come and gone.  I can’t believe how fast this year is going.  Seems like I say this each and every year.  The older I get, the faster time seems to fly.  September is always one of my favorite times of the year.  Especially this year as temperatures are finally cooling down and we

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Comments ~ 9.21.17

The publication date on this week’s Reporter marks the end of summer and the first date of fall. I know I am not the only one in this part of the world that is extremely ready for summer to be over. This has been one of the hottest, driest summers that I can ever remember. There is definitely a reason

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Comments ~ 9.14.17

According to Reuters’ Adriano Machado, Joesley Batista, co-owner of JBS, turned himself into authorities in Brazil following a request for his arrest. I know that many of you have been following the stories about JBS and the corruption scandal involving meat inspectors and politicians in Brazil and some bribes that had taken place. It has also been common knowledge that

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Comments ~ 9/7/2017

The month of September is now upon us. The fall season is just around the corner. Labor Day has come and gone, which also means that archery season opened this past weekend, and the National Football League (NFL) opens this coming weekend. I am super happy that both seasons are finally upon us. I did get the chance to go

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Comments ~ 8/31/2017

It is always a good feeling when I can talk about positive news in the cattle complex. Lord knows, we have had enough not so good news the past several weeks. But, to be fair, we have also not had any really horrible news. It just seemed like we had slowly worked our way to the down side, especially when

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Comments ~ 8-24-2017

The last few weeks have seen many cattle producers talking doom-and-gloom in the cattle markets. Yes, we have seen the fed cattle markets lose quite a lot of ground over the past several weeks. In fact, live cattle prices dropped another $5 just in the last week. But for the last month or so, I have asked myself many times

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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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Comment 3-2-2017

There were some very positive prices reported last week in the cattle industry circles. Fed cattle traded at $125 per cwt., up $4 to $5 as compared to the week before. Cattle sold in the meat at $195 to $197 per cwt., a strong $5 to $7 higher than the previous week. Friday\’s Choice beef cutout price was $8 higher

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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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