As The Quality Spread Widens, Prepared Cattlemen Profit
The spread between USDA Choice beef and lower quality Select, moderate since 2008, shot up $15 per hundredweight in a matter of weeks. It was partly attributed to a major retailer switching to higher quality beef, but others had set the stage.
PAMTA on back burner, for now
The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, or PAMTA, is still alive but stalled due to lack of attention as Congress focuses on U.S. budget priorities. The legislation, which would eliminate certain uses of antimicrobials in livestock, was introduced to Congress earlier this year.
Cattle producers prepare for another dry winter
Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist
The last 30 days has brought significant rainfall to parts of Oklahoma. Much of the central and south central parts of the state have received very timely rains with respect to wheat production. Winter wheat planting is about on track compared to normal at this time of the year.
Certified Angus Beef reports record sales
Certified Angus Beef LLC, for the fifth consecutive year, reported record sales for its signature brand of beef, with nine out of 12 months in fiscal 2011 hitting new heights.
Co-Products Make Backgrounding Calves a Viable Option
Karl Hoppe, extension livestock specialist at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center, looked at how much distillers grain could be produced for 860,000 cattle. He said that North Dakota’s five ethanol plants can produce enough distillers grain for 19 pounds per cow per day for six months.
Turning To Turnips
Hay & Forage Grower
Two Canadians are finding that turnips can be a high-quality, tasty grazing option for their livestock.
A mature turnip crop is about 2′ tall and has a very dense leaf structure, he says.
Steve Cornett: More Help with Beef’s Image Problem
Merck had its Zilmax team in Texas last week, and I spent a day with them. We visited the West Texas A&M University’s impressive meats lab program and a couple of feedyards that are 100 percenters on the Zilmax product.