Daily Archives: April 30, 2020

Be careful what you ask for

Be careful what you ask for

Derrell S. Peel


COVID-19 has caused unparalleled and catastrophic impacts on cattle and beef markets along with every other part of the economy. Cattle and beef markets are experiencing devastating shocks and challenges resulting in price changes and market behavior that are, not only unprecedented, but also difficult to understand and confusing to many. The anger and frustration of some cattle producers has turned to accusations and proposals for change that will have long-term implications and unintended consequences for the cattle and beef industry.

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What to Do with Mold in Feed?

What to Do with Mold in Feed?

Erika Lyon

The Ohio State University

Now that we are getting into the summer months, moldy feed might not be on your mind right now, especially if your livestock are grazing. But now is a great time to be cognizant of the conditions that lead up to moldy feed in the winter months. The conditions that forages are grown and harvested in can have an impact on the risk of mold developing later in storage.

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New plan would allow Oklahomans to get beef directly from producers

New plan would allow Oklahomans to get beef directly from producers

Erin Beu


Meat processing and packaging plants are closing across the country because of the coronavirus pandemic, creating a problem for cattle producers trying to get food to people’s homes.  The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has come up with a plan, which is a relatively new idea, of having people getting their meat directly from the beef producer.

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How Much Meat Can You Expect from a Fed Steer?

How Much Meat Can You Expect from a Fed Steer?

South Dakota State University

The yield of edible meat from a beef carcass often comes as a bit of a surprise, even to those that have had their own meat processed for years. A previous article covered dressing percent—the percent of the live animal weight that becomes carcass weight, which for fed beef is usually around 62-64%. In other words, from a 1200 pound steer, you can expect a 740 – 770 pound carcass.

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USCA Launches Effort to Secure Minimum Percent of Negotiated Cattle Sales

USCA Launches Effort to Secure Minimum Percent of Negotiated Cattle Sales

United States Cattlemen’s Association

It would require a minimum of 30 percent of each packer processing plant’s weekly volume of beef slaughter to come as a result of purchases made on the open market or spot market, defined as those purchases which fall under Negotiated Purchase Beef cattle purchased on the open or spot market, under the required minimum, would be delivered to the packer not more than 14 days after the date on which the livestock are sold to the packer.
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COVID-19 Impacts on Pork and Beef – Center for Commercial Agriculture

COVID-19 Impacts on Pork and Beef – Center for Commercial Agriculture

Dr. Jim Mintert

Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture

Processing plant closures sharply reduced livestock slaughter volume for both cattle and hogs in recent weeks. Federally inspected cattle slaughter the week ending April 25th, at 469 thousand head, was down 27% compared both to the first week of 2020 and the same week a year earlier.

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Suffolk beef cattle farmer adapts as cattle industry expected to lose billions

Suffolk beef cattle farmer adapts as cattle industry expected to lose billions

Erin Miller


Making sure food stays on the table always circles back to farmers. In Virginia and North Carolina, farming is a way of life for many and a big contributor to the economy. Like many other trades, the coronavirus is hitting the cattle industry hard. According to a recent study by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, it’s estimated the cattle industry could lose upwards of $13.6 billion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NDSU, SDSU Extension Holding Cattle Mineral Program

NDSU, SDSU Extension Holding Cattle Mineral Program

Todd Ingstad

News Dakota

Minerals are a small but critical component of beef cow diets. “Providing the correct mineral supplement is necessary to ensure optimal health, performance and reproduction,” says Janna Block, Extension livestock systems specialist at North Dakota State University’s Hettinger Research Extension Center.

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Social distancing doesn’t work for cattle

Social distancing doesn’t work for cattle

Savanna Barksdale

BEEF Magazine

Keeping track of cattle that do not fall under USDA’s mandatory animal disease traceability requirement is not easy. The saying about herding cats? Yeah. It’s kind of like that but I just keep losing them.

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How COVID-19 affects cattle harvest

How COVID-19 affects cattle harvest

Jeremy Ford


he food industry is seeing a loss of meat production due to the coronavirus pandemic, which could lead to a shortage of beef at your dinner table. “Hopefully this is a short-term issue that we can work through. But unfortunately, it’s going to take more time,” said Bruce Mershon, owner of Mershon Cattle in Kansas City, Mo. He said the cattle harvest industry is taking a significant loss due to COVID-19.

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