Beef Production in the New Era of Higher Prices and Higher Costs:
Do the Old Rules Apply?
John D. Lawrence, Extension Livestock Economist, and Director, Iowa Beef Center Iowa State University
Genetic progress in multiple traits is difficult when the goal is clearly defined. It is even more difficult if the goal is a moving target due to changing consumer preferences or producer-cost structure. Commercial beef producers recognize that genetic decisions should be based on long-term profitability, but they live in a short-term world where profitability varies widely from year to year due to fluctuations in input and output prices. Fed cattle prices averaged under seventy dollars from 1988-2002 and averaged over eighty-seven dollars during 2003-2008.
2009 Range Beef Cow Symposium Dec. 1-3
The Cattle Business Weekly
Dates for one of the premiere production beef cattle symposiums in the country have been set.
This year’s XXI Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) is Dec. 1-3 at the Casper Events Center, said Steve Paisley, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service beef cattle specialist.
BeefTalk: Opinions Count, But So Do Numbers
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
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Opinions aside, the bottom line remains the knowledge gathered from numbers.
The beef business never has been short on opinions. Good opinions and the willingness to share those opinions are the core to any dynamic, independent business.
Trichomoniasis or “trich” is a disease of cattle, and although historically considered more common in the western U.S., it is an important cause of early pregnancy loss and open cows in all parts of the country.
Neb. rancher now facing 149 animal cruelty counts
Morrill County Attorney Jean Rhodes has filed an amended complaint against a western Nebraska rancher, charging him with 149 felony counts of abandonment and cruel animal neglect resulting in injury or death.
A new marketing information tool
The Cattle Business Weekly
CattleCo Marketing and Promotions has launched a new marketing information tool for buyers and consignors to easily source information on a livestock markets website. Local livestock auctions, usually conducted on a weekly basis, are the backbone of a local farming and ranching community.
Checkoff’s Producer Website Aims to Inform
When it comes to their own operations, producers largely believe the checkoff program has benefited them, and about seven in 10 think that the checkoff helped contribute to their profitability over the years. That’s according to a checkoff-funded producer attitude survey conducted by an independent research company in January. One key to success? Ongoing communications to producers about programs funded by their beef checkoff investment.