Life Goes OnWritten by Dennis Sun
Published: 15 September 2012
As we’ve said before, this is a tough year in Wyoming. The drought, the price of corn and the ramifications of high priced corn are the subject of talk up and down the midway and from the Roundup Tent to the livestock barns. But you know, parents are still at the fair, supporting their children and Wyoming’s youth. This year, we might see just one parent accompany their 4-H or FFA member, while the other parent stayed home and watched the place. Despite whatever is happening at home, if their child was picked to go to State Fair that was where they would be. The same scenario has likely been seen through the generations with their parents, and so it will with them – whether it was a youth horse event or other 4-H or FFA show, their child was getting to the Fair. It is all part of growing up.
With the end of the 100th Wyoming State Fair, it has been another week for the books, full of great livestock, engaged youth and supportive parents. But we remember that the world continues to turn outside of the fairgrounds.
Calf and yearling sales for northern cattle have been pretty good this past week as well. While they didn’t look quite as good as earlier in the summer, sale prices remain better than last year. The good part is that interest has picked up for a number of reasons. Let’s just hope we only have to remember one year of drought.
On the subject of marketing, what gives with the press release late last week about the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) announcing that it will file a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC)? As I understand it, the lawsuit involves the beef checkoff. The worst part of this ordeal is that the OCM partnered with the Humane Society of the United States. Our first response was, “What is going on here? Are they nuts?” Hopefully we will hear more about it in the weeks to come so we can get some grasp on the issue. There has to be more to the story. Stay tuned.