Daily Archives: May 14, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways a farmer remembers his wedding anniversary

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways a farmer remembers his wedding anniversary

FarmTalk

#10. Well, I recall vetoing pheasant season, deer season, the NFR and sale days.

#9. And it was hotter’n blazes — I remember that.

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Backgrounding could add profit margin

Backgrounding could add profit margin

Dan Shike

Angus Beef Bulletin

The profitability of a cow-calf operation is influenced by reproductive success and managing input costs. I have written about the relationship between nutrition and reproductive success several times, and will continue in the future to focus on managing that aspect of your operation.

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Potential for Toxic Nitrate Levels in Forages

Potential for Toxic Nitrate Levels in Forages

Mark Sulc

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The recent cold and cloudy weather has raised the concern for higher nitrate levels in forages that could potentially be toxic to animals consuming those forages. It is true that any stress condition that slows plant growth and metabolism can increase the risk of higher plant nitrate levels.

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Signs of recovery in beef packing…but how fast?

Signs of recovery in beef packing…but how fast?

Derrell S. Peel

FarmTalk

It will likely take many weeks for slaughter rates to catch up with the growing backlog of fed cattle and get the industry current once again. Meantime, all sectors of the industry are responding to the need to slow cattle down and hold them longer in a variety of production settings before proceeding to finish in feedlots.

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Senators Introduce Spot Market Bill 

Senators Introduce Spot Market Bill 

USCA

On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill to require each U.S. meat processing facility that slaughters over 125,000 head of cattle each year to purchase fifty percent of their weekly volume of beef slaughter on the open or ‘spot’ market.

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Senators searching for the beef

Senators searching for the beef

CASEY JUNKINS

Capital Journal

“Even before COVID-19 hit our country, South Dakota’s cattle producers were seeing significant losses. This has only worsened in recent months,” U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said as the Department of Justice began investigating allegations of meat packer pricing.

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Why Chicken Is Plentiful During the Pandemic and Beef Is Not

Why Chicken Is Plentiful During the Pandemic and Beef Is Not

Justin Fox

Bloomberg

Beef and pork have been pricey and, at times, scarce in the U.S. this spring amid outbreaks of the corona­virus at slaughterhouses around the country. Chicken has remained widely available and cheap. Why the difference?

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Targeting optimum cow size

Targeting optimum cow size

Lisa Moser

Kansas State University

Genetics, feed resources and calf marketing windows are just some of the influencing factors that determine the optimum size for cows to grow, according to the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute’s team of experts.

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What about a cow-calf set-aside program?

What about a cow-calf set-aside program?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Why do we blame others for buying cheap cattle when we sell them cheap cattle? We blame the stocker, feedlot, and packer sectors for stealing our cattle by getting them cheap. Well, we signed the papers and turned over ownership to them.

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Lawmakers want probe of ‘pricing gap’ in beef industry

Lawmakers want probe of ‘pricing gap’ in beef industry

Ken Newton

News Press

A federal report released this week showed American consumers paid 4.3% more in April for meat, poultry, fish and eggs. U.S. senators from farm states expressed little surprise. But they also know that agricultural producers among their constituents haven’t been reaping a windfall.

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