Daily Archives: September 10, 2012

Native or Introduced Grass — Which Pasture Is Most Efficient for Stocker Operators?

Native or Introduced Grass — Which Pasture Is Most Efficient for Stocker Operators?

Lorie Woodward Cantu

The Cattleman

The "sweet spot" for marketing cattle to feedlots changes depending on the price of corn.

"When corn goes up, the cost of gain in feedlots goes up," says Dr. Jason P. Banta, Extension beef cattle specialist at the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Center in Overton. "To help control that cost, feedlots seek larger animals that require less time on feed to finish out."

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Making they most of nutrition dollars is not simple

Making they most of nutrition dollars is not simple

Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS

Cattle Today

In the previous installment of this series we discussed the fact that feed and grain costs continue to climb and are reaching unprecedented levels. While there MAY be some hope in easing of these prices IF the current crop proves better than cop reports over the last few weeks there is still a great deal of uncertainty in what feed and grain prices will be over the coming fall and winter.

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Seminars Tell How To Cut Winter Feeding Costs

Seminars Tell How To Cut Winter Feeding Costs

Hay and Forage Grower

Southern Idaho cattle producers facing higher feed costs after losing winter range to fire and drought can get winter feeding tips at four University of Idaho Extension seminars next month.

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U.S. awards more than $18 million in training grants

U.S. awards more than $18 million in training grants

Reading Eagle

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $18 million in grants to train and aid beginner farmers and ranchers.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded the grants through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Grants are given to organizations that carry out education, training, technical assistance and outreach programs to help farmers and ranchers with 10 years or less experience.

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Cattle followed Opelousas trail

Cattle followed Opelousas trail

Jim Bradshaw

Zachary Today

In the movies, John Wayne and his cohorts drove their cattle to Dodge City and other western points, but until the 1880s, huge herds of cattle were also driven across south Louisiana on their way to market in New Orleans.

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Orderly system benefits farmers

Orderly system benefits farmers

David Burton

The Springfield News Leader

University of Missouri Extension specialists are always looking for a teachable moment. Several of those moments came during the “Drought Survival Tour” led by MU Extension in August at a farm in Barry County.

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Raising versus purchasing replacement heifers

Raising versus purchasing replacement heifers

Chad Gulley

Tyler Paper

As we begin rebuilding the cow herd following the 2011 drought, some producers are raising replacement heifers while others choose to purchase replacement heifers.

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Beef biz better off without big government

Beef biz better off without big government

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.)

The National Provisioner

When my friends in Washington, D.C., ask me about Florida, like many people outside the state, they often think of Florida only for its sunshine and beaches. Many of them are surprised to hear that Florida is also home to some of the largest cattle ranches in the country.

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Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council to feature Allen in November

Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council to feature Allen in November

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

The Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council will hold its annual meeting and trade show on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Ellington Agricultural Center’s Ed Jones Auditorium in Nashville. This year’s featured speaker is Huntland producer Vivian Allen, who also holds the title of professor emeritus at Texas Tech University.

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Cull Now-Restock Carefully

Cull Now-Restock Carefully

Wes Ishmael


“…Cull cow prices are high and many of these cows are in better condition now than they will be in the late winter or spring,” says Dave Sparks,  Oklahoma State University (OSU), Extension DVM, and J.J. Jones, OSU Extension ag economist.

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