Daily Archives: September 22, 2014

Record Calf Prices: Wise Use of a Big Check

Record Calf Prices: Wise Use of a Big Check

Carrie Johnson

SDSU iGrow

Calf prices are setting records this year and now that you have sold; you are looking at a substantial increase in spending money. A major decision that needs to be made is whether or not profits should be used for personal use or to reinvest that money back into your operation.

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More Prime

More Prime

Angus Beef Bulletin

“It’s not like they can just feed their cattle a couple weeks longer and make them grade Prime,” he says. Known genetic potential to gain and grade is a prerequisite for any plans to answer that call and collect the rewards.

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Evaluate Your Options When Thinking about Marketing this Year’s Calf Crop

Evaluate Your Options When Thinking about Marketing this Year’s Calf Crop

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

With a recent adjustment to the downside, prices for all classes of cattle have taken off like a rocket over the last several weeks. These prices at never seen (nor dreamed of) before levels are causing many cow-calf producers to evaluate how they should market this year’s calf crop.

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Forage minerals vary with season

Forage minerals vary with season

Mary MacArthur

The Western Producer

Producers shouldn’t expect that tossing a salt or mineral block into the pasture every month is going to provide their cattle with the proper amounts of trace minerals in their diets.

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Why Freeze Branding Is ID Of Choice For Many Commercial Ranches

Why Freeze Branding Is ID Of Choice For Many Commercial Ranches

Heather Hamilton-Maude

BEEF

Whether to identify ownership or individual animal identification, freeze branding is becoming increasingly popular for its permanent ID attributes offered in an easy-to-read and eye-appealing white package.

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A dozen tips to lighten calving days

A dozen tips to lighten calving days

Kindra Gordon

Progressive Cattleman

How do other cattle producers ensure a successful calving season? We’ve gathered their advice. Every cowboy knows that the cardinal rule of calving is that calves need colostrum as soon as possible within their first few hours of life.

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Historic lows in cattle on feed report

Historic lows in cattle on feed report

John Perkins

Brownfield Ag News

USDA’s latest cattle on feed report includes some historic lows. Placements during August 2014 were 1.720 million head, down 3% from August 2013, and the lowest for the month since the series of reports started in 1996. That’s due to the very tight supply of feeder cattle, good grazing conditions, and expectations for better wheat grazing, and marks the sixth consecutive month of lower placements.

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Corn and cattle: do they eat it all?

Corn and cattle: do they eat it all?

Sherry Bunting

Columbia Register Star

As the bulk of a cow’s diet, corn silage is the whole corn plant harvested with a chopper that fills trucks or wagons, which then dump the particles where they are blown into tall upright silos or spread and packed in horizontal piles, covered in plastic and sealed tight with rows of old tires.

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You’ll Never Guess Which Country Has the Most Cows

You’ll Never Guess Which Country Has the Most Cows

Motley Fool

NASDAQ

Well over a billion cows roam the earth today. Surprisingly, a third of them make their home in India. The reason that might come as a surprise is because most people living in India don’t actually eat beef. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture only about 3.8 pounds of beef and veal are consumed per person in India each year while the average American consumes just over 81 pounds of beef per year.

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APSU to open new DeWald Pavilion at farm on Sept. 23

APSU to open new DeWald Pavilion at farm on Sept. 23

Charles Booth

The Leaf Chronicle

On a mild December afternoon in 2012, a crowd of local farmers, agri-businessmen and dignitaries gathered around an old hay barn to contemplate the future of the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture. Student enrollment in that program had increased an astounding 82 percent in recent years, but some of the facilities at the APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center, known simply as the farm, didn’t reflect this growth.

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