Do you earn premiums or avoid discounts when selling feeder cattle?
The Beef RoundTable
Beef Magazine/Purdue University
This month’s Beef Roundtable features predictions for the fall cattle market and whether or not preconditioning your calves will pay a premium. Guests are Jackie Moore with Joplin Regional Stockyards at Joplin, Mo. and Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing economist at Oklahoma State University.
Angus and DNA Traceability Offers a Winning Combination
Oklahoma Farm Report
The Certified Angus Beef program is considered the “gold standard” when it comes to value-added beef programs in the U.S. When you add the Path Proven concept from the Performance Food Group, the nation’s first DNA-based traceability program, you come up with a real winner.
Cut winter feed bills with a focus on forage
If you want to cut your winter feed bill, work on stockpiling forages now, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Think of stockpiling warm season grasses as making hay without cutting and baling it. The grass will cure naturally in the field, and the livestock can eat it where it grows.
BeefTalk: Cost of Beef Production Up 200 Percent
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Are you sitting down? Data show beef production is becoming expensive. I am not referring to the end product but rather to the weaned calf. The cost per pound weaned per exposed cow has jumped 200 percent since the turn of the century. That is not good news. Cost control is critical in every business. If costs are allowed to run out of control, the next step is liquidation.
How to make alternative cattle feed work on your ranch
Heather Smith Thomas
Cattle can eat most anything. And that’s good, because there are alternative feeds that have adequate nutrition to use as a winter supplement and can help lower input costs as well.
Setting Up an Intensive Grazing System That Works – Pasture Recovery Periods
In some ways, managing an irrigated intensive grazing system is a snap. There is no leapfrogging from one paddock over another and then back again to compensate for varying soil water holding capacities. In other words, effective irrigation tames the soil-moisture wild card.
The beef producer ‘party’ isn’t over—but it’s changing
Samantha Stanbery Athey
After the wild ride of the past couple years, beef producers are trying to understand the new challenges of prosperity and debating how to best prepare for the future. Cattlemen were able to get insight on these issues from university and industry professionals at this year’s Fall Cattlemen’s Seminar held Sept. 1 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri.
Pharmaceutical products are valuable tools in the livestock business. A bottle of vaccine left out in the elements or kept in a refrigerator that’s too warm can render the product useless. That’s money most do not want to squirt on the ground or toss in the trash
What’s Down the Pike for Beef Demand?
The Beef Board
Virtually every member of the beef community, from farm to fork, has asked that question in recent months — hopeful but hesitant to believe that the tremendous marketplace the cattle industry has enjoyed lately will continue.
New rules concerning antibiotic uses in cattle.
Bob Larson, Mike Apley
Angus Beef Bulletin
Starting in December of 2016, the ways that cattle producers will be able to use antibiotics to control and treat disease in their herds will change. During the past several years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to fundamentally change how some antibiotics can be legally used in feed or water for food-producing animals.