Daily Archives: April 28, 2020

We Need More Small Plants

We Need More Small Plants

Kate Miller

Drovers

Plant ownership is three business models in one: cattle buying, production operations, beef sales. Guys who jump into small plant ownership usually have ONE of these areas covered. Cattle social media spins this fairytale of plant ownership being easy—but the big four run them all out of business.

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Culling Tips:  Let Efficiency Lead on This Decision

Culling Tips:  Let Efficiency Lead on This Decision

Victoria G Myers

Progrsssive Farmer

She looks like a walking refrigerator. She probably weighs well over 1,500 pounds. Is she on the cull list come fall? Slow the roll. Weight isn’t all there is to efficiency in a cow herd today. Ryon Walker, livestock consultant at Noble Research Institute, says there’s a lot to consider when looking at how efficient a cow herd is overall. Weight is a starting point, but there are a few other things commercial producers should consider.

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Three Good Reasons for Early Castration of Bull Calves

Three Good Reasons for Early Castration of Bull Calves

Kevin Laurent

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

These are challenging times market wise and it is easy to dwell on the negative and become complacent in our management. But in times like these we really need to explore every avenue to add value to our calves. If you watch the weekly market reports, you notice that we still have a significant number of intact bull calves being sold.

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Beef is in demand, so why are local cattle farmers in trouble?

Beef is in demand, so why are local cattle farmers in trouble?

Michael Wetzel

WAFF
North Alabama cattle farmers are struggling to keep up with a surge in demand for beef, along with depressed prices. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a run on grocery stores, with meat being a key item most shoppers pick up. The Executive Vice President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Erin Beasley, said prices for consumers are soaring, grocery stores can barely keep up, but prices for feeder calves are down.

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MU Extension provides beef cattle breeding tips

MU Extension provides beef cattle breeding tips

Daily Star Journal

As cows transition from winter hay feeding to grazing spring grass with newborn calves by side, there are management targets cow/calf producers need to be aware of in order to maintain a successful level of ranch productivity.

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Namibia Becomes First African Nation To Export Beef To US

Namibia Becomes First African Nation To Export Beef To US

Palash Ghosh

International Business Times

Namibia, a country in southwestern Africa about the size of Texas, recently became the first African country to export beef to the U.S. In late February, Namibia’s state-owned Meatco sent 25 tons of beef to Philadelphia, after nearly two decades of arguments over safety regulations and logistics.

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Considerations for Slowing Feedlot Cattle Growth due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Considerations for Slowing Feedlot Cattle Growth due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Iowa Beef Center

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt cattle markets. Cash sales for the week of April 13-17 were depressed as packing plants operated at reduced capacity or shuttered their doors due to labor issues spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic. Having a market that will take finished cattle at a suitable date has become a concern. In addition, the current live market prices, and limited sale opportunities for fat steers have left many cattle feeders searching for solutions to reduce their economic loss.

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Managing Through a Black Swan

Managing Through a Black Swan

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulleting Extra

COVID-19’s effect on increasing market volatility is certainly a black swan. Robin Reid, farm economist with K-State Research & Extension, explains that dairy, cattle and hogs have been hit the hardest due to processing trouble and the switch in demand.

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Virus is expected to reduce meat selection and raise prices

Virus is expected to reduce meat selection and raise prices

DAVID PITT

Yahoo News

Meat isn’t going to disappear from supermarkets because of outbreaks of the coronavirus among workers at U.S. slaughterhouses. But as the meat plants struggle to remain open, consumers could face less selection and slightly higher prices.

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U.S. senators scrutinize meat packers’ big profits during pandemic

U.S. senators scrutinize meat packers’ big profits during pandemic

Tom Polansek

Reuters

U.S. senators are calling for investigations of record profit margins for beef processors like Tyson Foods (TSN.N) and Cargill, after ranchers complained surging meat prices due to coronavirus hoarding did not translate into higher cattle prices.

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