CattleFax’s Randy Blach Sees Industry Making “Massive Change” in How It Handles Risk Management
Oklahoma Farm Report
Randy Blach is chief executive officer of the beef industry analytics firm, CattleFax. During the 2019 Summer Business Meeting of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver this week, he offered a mid-year summary of the cattle business.
A New Tick in Town (Carrying a New Disease)
Since the Asian longhonred tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) was first identified in New Jersey in 2017, the exotic parasite has spread to at least nine U.S. states, mostly in the East, but also in Arkansas. In much of Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the longhorned tick is a significant and damaging parasite and vector of diseases affecting humans and animals.
Nutrition Through the Weaning Period
Tara L. Felix
Weaning is one of the most stressful– if not the most stressful – periods in a calf’s life. Stressors affecting calves during weaning include: physical, environmental, immunological, and (some would argue) psychological. In the beef industry, there was a time when it was commonplace to “wean calves on the truck”. In this scenario, calves would be removed from the dam, possibly vaccinated and processed, weighed, and loaded on a truck to be shipped to the feedlot… all the same day.
Study Shows Premium in Cattle from BQA Certified Producers
While producers have traditionally participated in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) because it’s the right thing to do, there is sound research that indicates BQA certified producers can benefit financially as well. According to a recent study by the Beef Checkoff-funded BQA program and conducted by Colorado State University (CSU), results show a significant premium for calves and feeder cattle sold through video auction markets.
A good reputation provides upside opportunity even in a down market.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Sit in on any calf sale — either at a local sale barn or on a national video broadcast — and you will see that the majority of cattle bring relatively the same price compared to similar sex, weight and conditioned cattle selling that day. While it’s easy to think this “average” sale price is picked out of thin air, in most cases it is determined using a multitude of different variables, all of which impact a buyer’s potential to profit when they ultimately sell the cattle either to a feeder or a packer.
10 Things You Need to Know About Electric Fencing
One of the biggest challenges any livestock owner and/or farm manager faces is selecting the right fencing for their operation’s needs. Fencing should not only keep livestock in and establish farm boundaries; it should also keep predators and unwanted visitors out. Whether you are a new hobby farmer looking to raise a few head of cattle or an experienced livestock farmer thinking about replacing your rusty barbed wire fence, electric fencing may work for you.
Securing Border Ranches
The U.S. border with Mexico spans 1,954 miles, and ranchers are on the front lines for most of it. For the past few decades, border enforcement and security has increased to halt illegal immigration and drug smuggling. In 1989, construction on the first major border fence began in San Diego stretching 46 miles east.