Cow Bid Estimator helping beef producers make sound buying decisions
A spreadsheet application can be a useful decision aid to assist beef cattle producers with future purchases and forecast profit or loss based on purchase costs. Mac Young, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist from Corpus Christi, gave a demonstration of the Bid Price Estimator for Beef Cows at the recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Convention in San Antonio.
Moving new cattle into the herd
The cattle industry in the U.S. can be accurately described as “transient.” Animals, from the time they are born, may be bought and sold multiple times and may spend at least some time on numerous farms or facilities.
The Undoing of the Obama Ag Agenda
Hoosier AG Today
For the past 8 years, many in agriculture have felt the federal government was at war with the American farmer. During his first few days at the USDA, Secretary Vilsack ruffled feathers in mainline ag circles by saying rural development would be the top priority of his administration not commodity programs.
Reducing summer pneumonia risks begins now
The Indianapolis Star
Changing weather conditions and stress from working or transporting calves opens the door for the viruses and bacteria that cause summer pneumonia. The vaccinations a cattleman gives this spring can help reduce the risk of summer pneumonia and prepare calves successfully for fall weaning.
A stare down in feedlot country
Brownfield Ag News
Cattle buyers and sellers continued to stare at each other on Friday afternoon with neither side willing to step toward the middle Bids ranged from 122.00 to 124.00 live, and 196.00 to 200.00 on a dressed basis. Asking prices remained at around 128.00 plus in the South, and 205.00 plus in the North. The weekly kill was estimated at 573,000 head, 20,000 less than last week, but 37,000 more than last year.
A Simple Gift
David Zeiset is among those who show that the gift to be simple is the gift to produce the best. His family operates a high-quality commercial Angus herd of 150 cows 9 miles west of Chickasha, Okla., where earlier generations owned Herefords and milked Holsteins.
27th Annual W. Va. Beef Expo brings large crowds to WVU Jackson’s Mill
Kailee E. Gallahan
The Weston News
The 27th annual West Virginia Beef Expo drew a crowd of over 800 people for Thursday’s and Friday’s events at WVU Jackson’s Mill, with more of the same expected today. For the first time, the expo was held in the new multi-purpose facility on the Jackson’s Mill air strip, which provided more parking, according to Bruce Loyd, Lewis County Extension agent.