Daily Archives: May 21, 2015

What Do 33 Million Dead Chickens Mean to Beef Producers?

What Do 33 Million Dead Chickens Mean to Beef Producers?

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

For cattle producers the idea of 33 million lost birds in the poultry industry seems staggering. After all, the entire U.S. beef cow herd is 29.7 million head. Surely the astronomical losses being reported among poultry producers will impact everything from feed prices to the cost of a pound of chicken. With poultry, however, it’s all relative.

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What’s in store for cattle markets in 2015?

What’s in store for cattle markets in 2015?

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

After experiencing the market trend upward seemingly every week of 2014, cattle producers should be prepared for a little more normal market pattern in 2015. With signs of expansion, it is likely the cowherd has stabilized numbers and will make an effort to climb the cow herd inventory.

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Spring vs. fall calving: Which is better on fescue?

Spring vs. fall calving: Which is better on fescue?

Samantha Stanbery

FarmTalk

When calving on fescue pastures, timing could make all the difference to your wallet. At the Kansas State University Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day in Mound Valley, Kansas, producers learned calving in the fall or spring could make or break their profitability.

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Production losses and livestock death losses are insurable; might reduce financial risk.

Production losses and livestock death losses are insurable; might reduce financial risk.

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

It’s amazing just how many things a beef operation can insure. With prices of inputs and animals rising, insurance looks increasingly like a viable business consideration. Rachel Myers, an insurance specialist with Great Plains Ag Credit at Amarillo, answers a series of questions about livestock production insurance for Beef Producer.

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Superior Livestock Auction, Verified Beef LLC to offer value-added feeders

Superior Livestock Auction, Verified Beef LLC to offer value-added feeders

BEEF

It’s the information age and cattle producers have more and better data available to them than ever before. Understanding and using this information, ranchers have been able to add value to their calf crop and reap the rewards the market has to offer.

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Cattle shipping, Hawaiian style

Cattle shipping, Hawaiian style

John Maday

Drovers

Most Hawaiian beef calves ship to the mainland for finishing, a process that requires excellent preconditioning and husbandry. University of Hawaii veterinarian Ashley Stokes, DVM, PhD, describes how Hawaiian ranchers keep their calves healthy for the long haul.

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Start to finish beef production

Start to finish beef production

Jeff Ryan and Marcie Klomp

Cresco Times Plain Dealer

The future of beef production lies in the past. How can that be? Every business builds its future based on past experience, building on the profitable and losing the unprofitable.

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