Tighter Stocker Market Creates Profit Challenges
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Every stocker has a different recipe for what it takes to make a profit. For Tim Saunders, it’s a laser-point focus on three things he knows he can manage: purchase price, cost of gain and maximizing carcass value.
ADT Clarification: Selling at a livestock auction market
The Cattle Business Weekly
The Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule went into effect on March 11, 2013. However, after a 2-year grace period, the final component of the rule went into effect this month. Many producers have been asking questions recently to ensure they are complying with the rule. In some cases, there has been a misconception that the rule prohibits producers from traveling to a market across state lines to sell cattle.
Disease lab finalized but concerns linger
For those already concerned about the wisdom of placing a high-level disease lab in the heart of U.S. cattle country, last year’s developments were less than reassuring. Federal mishandling of infectious agents like anthrax, avian flu and smallpox and a botched response to the Ebola virus called into question protocols at the once highly respected Centers for Disease Control and raised general concerns about the federal government’s ability to secure disease research facilities, adequately train employees and carefully monitor procedures.
Branding / Pre-Breeding … Calf and Cow Management Activities to Consider
Dee Griffin and Richard Randle
University of Nebraska
Advanced planning with your veterinarian can make the future of your calves and cow herd look even brighter. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Advanced planning with your veterinarian can make the future of your calves and cow herd look even brighter. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.
High-intensity rotation helps soil, cattle
Morning AG Clips
Brothers Steve and Chuck Fettig annually custom-graze some 1,100 open yearling heifers on their ranch near Napoleon, North Dakota. Over time, they’ve found that the success of custom grazing hinges on managing grasslands for optimal soil health. With soil health comes healthy grass and, thus, healthy cattle.
Save the Date: Ag Law Webinar Series at Lawline
Save the dates for several upcoming agriculture law webinars at Lawline in Lower Manhattan. I will be giving live presentations for those of you around New York City. The recordings can be viewed afterwards. Each are 1 hour presentations worth 1 Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit in New York (CLE credits available in other states)
Improving feed efficiency in a beef cattle herd
Improving the feed efficiency of a beef cattle herd can mean big savings for producers. One way to achieve this goal is to select breeding bulls that are naturally feed efficient, since 80 to 90 per cent of the genetic improvement in a herd comes through the sires.
Going green, getting green
High Plains Journal
Imagine a 600-pound steer raiding your refrigerator. Vegetables, candy, bread and fruit all consumed by a bovine in a compromising position. Minus the calf in the kitchen, essentially this is day-to-day life for Chris Muegge at the CGS Services feedlot.
Springtime Mud Impact and Management
Earth surface feedlots and springtime in Iowa typically don’t go well together. When temperatures start to warm above freezing and ground begins to thaw, any additional moisture can create mud issues. Of course spring is not the only time mud can be an issue.
Beef cattle producers advised to get grazing leases in writing
Surprisingly, some grazing leases are simple verbal agreements, but for both parties’ protection it is always best to get the agreement in writing, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service law specialist.