BeefTalk: The Concern is a Dwindling Hay Pile
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
This time of year, most beef producers have an eye on the hay pile, knowing pasture turnout is still several weeks away. As they scan the cow herd and count bales, they know the hay pile has to match the herd’s daily feed intake, and several weeks of winter feeding still are left. A country drive will note the status of the hay pile, and to be honest, this year’s hay piles are noticeably dwindling.
A Cheap Bull May Be Just That
Andrew P. Griffith
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
There have been several discussions recently concerning bull sales and expected progeny differences (EPDs) which is probably a factor of the impending breeding season. The discussions have ranged in topic and have included the timing of a bull sale, saturation of the bull market, bulls that should be steers, and matching EPDs to a herd of cattle or individual cattle to get the best end product from the dam. This is a wide range of topics, but they are all related to understanding the herd sire market and the intended market of the sire’s offspring.
Are You Better Than Average at Conservation?
The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is always fascinating. But one question was especially illuminating in this year’s survey. Farmers were asked, “compared to other farm operations in your area, how well do you think your farm operation is performing in controlling soil erosion?”
A Word with the Cattlemen’s Beef Board’s New CEO, Scott Stuart
Oklahoma Farm Report
Already a few weeks in, settling into his new position as chief executive officer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board – the organization that oversees the dollar per head Beef Checkoff and its programs Scott Stuart spared a moment to sit down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays recently to talk about his background in the cattle business and understanding of the beef industry.
Searching for Environmental Adaptation in Beef Cattle
A Steak in Genomics™
Troy Rowan and Jared Decker
The United States is home to diverse climates and geographies. Over the past 150 years, beef cattle have found their way into nearly every one of these unique environments. Some cattle thrive in particular environments, while others struggle. Animals well-suited to an environment performed well and are selected to stay in herds. Poorly-suited animals are culled.
Red Angus experiences rapid growth
The Cattle Business Weekly
The Red Angus breed – often heralded by commercial producers as a consistent provider of fertility, longevity and overall herd profitability – is increasing its market share across the U.S. beef industry and has experienced two consecutive years of rapid growth. Bob Morton, President of the Red Angus Association of America, says, “Demand for Red Angus cattle is at an all-time high. We are gratified to see this growth because it’s driven by increased industry acceptance. Demand for Red Angus females is especially strong, as seen this year on both video and live sales. Our breeders have worked for decades to offer genetics that benefit all segments of the beef supply chain from cow to consumer and producers are recognizing that commitment.”
The curse of being average in the beef business
During the past two decades, approximately 200,000 U.S. beef cow operations have exited the business—a decline of 22%, or slightly more than 1% per year. There are many reasons why this trend occurred, but the largest factor was financial pressure. Average and below average producers break even or lose money during most years. Many eventually choose to permanently leave the business.