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04-27-2015  
NDAA's Annual Bull Test:
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Justin Holt Cattle:
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Stuber Ranch:
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46th Annual Production Sale
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04-18-2015  
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AS I SEE IT

As I See It 4-23-15
Publish Date: Thursday, 23 April, 2015
I've been reading several articles the last few months out of credible, quotable publications -- such as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and others -- that report about the availability of fish for human diet increasing greatly. It's a situation I've been reading enough about that we probably better start paying attention to. Maybe we in the beef business should take a look-see at what they're talking about and act accordingly. Maybe we want to make sure that our ranches are stocked with the necessary cows and bulls to get the maximum production level going that would be sustainable on your ranch for years to come and maybe even beyond that.
This situation was evidently started by the Japanese with tuna grown in their own beds that has become a tremendous asset to that country that at one time had to depend on the ocean for supply. According to the Wall Street Journal, a Japanese researcher by the name of Tokihiko Okada received an urgent order for tuna from a Tokyo department store's gourmet food section. Okada immediately filled that request by ordering an employee, in an underwater suit but without a net or fishing pole, into a pond to stunned an 88-pound pacific blue fin tuna. Raised from birth in captivity, the fish was slaughtered immediately on the boat on the spot. Okada went on to report that, had he let this big blue fin tuna go for another year, it would have weighed as much as 130 pounds more.
With the world's food consumption boom a decade old, it behooves all people who grow food to pay attention, including the livestock business. Natural fish populations have been depleted, and in 2012, farm-grown fish accounted for a record 42.2% of global output, the Wall Street Journal says. That number was 13.4% in 1990 and 25.7% in 2000. A full 56% of global shrimp production now comes from farms, mostly in Southeast Asia and China. Oysters are started in hatcheries and then seeded in ocean beds. Atlantic salmon fishing, which only started in earnest in the mid-1980s, now accounts for 99% of world wide production, it said.
Here in the United States, the animal industry has done wonders in production at all levels, but we are competitors with other forms of protein, including fish. The product fish is very much in demand in many sizes, colors, and varieties. If they are going to be growing these on farms or in beds under control, we in the livestock business producing animal protein from blood animals had better pay attention because we will see it the competition right on our doorstep before we know it if we don't pay attention!
I happen to be one of those true believers in animal protein. The brain and nervous system of a human being need iron that comes especially from beef. Therefore, animal protein will have more need and more value than we're giving it now. I've felt that for a long time. So we better keep things rolling along in favor of red meat! I know that red animal protein is the best you can get, as I read and study it, in the development of the human brain and nerve system. It's the number one, so let's get after making sure there's going to be plenty of that available in the future.
One last thing being talked about an awful lot across Reporter Country lately is moisture. Much of the area got a pretty good shot the last week or two, and there's quite a lot of snow in the high mountains for summer water. It appears as though the charts are showing a pretty good chance of added moisture throughout farmland America. We could see a great, great year unfold. It's got all the earmarks. This last storm in western America will be bountiful to people in farming and livestock agriculture.

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