Daily Archives: June 19, 2020

Fewer packers, greater concerns

Fewer packers, greater concerns

Wallaces Farmer

Consolidation (concentration) of the market share of packers/processors to harvest beef and pork has grown over the decades. Livestock economists point out that concentration for the largest four packers in each of beef and pork is estimated to be over 70% today. Our family farming operation has witnessed and been affected by the demise of smaller- and medium-size packing plants. We have always fed cattle — not big numbers, but we are farmer-feeders for four generations.

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Take A Proactive Approach to Beef and Dairy Heat Stress

Take A Proactive Approach to Beef and Dairy Heat Stress

The Cattle Site

“Mitigating impacts of heat stress begins before an extreme heat event,” explains Jessica Fox, Veterinarian and Director of Veterinary Services and Biosecurity for Ralco. “The impacts producers’ see are only a small portion of what is going on inside a ruminant during an extreme heat event.”

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Considering retaining your calf crop past weaning this year?

Considering retaining your calf crop past weaning this year?

Lawton Stewart, Francis Fluharty, Jason Duggin

University of Georgia

Current situation, producers are looking at ways to maintain economic livelihood.  One of the ways they can achieve this is through retaining ownership of the calves past weaning.  This can take on different meanings, depending on the length ownership, and the goal.

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Early drought planning will pay

Early drought planning will pay

Derrell S. Peel


Drought conditions have expanded rapidly in recent weeks across western and northern Oklahoma as well as much of the western half of the U.S. Though many regions do not yet face imminent actions, it is not too early to develop drought plans. The natural optimism of agricultural producers and the inevitable hope that rain will come “any day now” makes it tempting to postpone drought planning.

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Some Ideas on Converting from Year-round Calving to a Controlled Breeding Season

Some Ideas on Converting from Year-round Calving to a Controlled Breeding Season

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. A uniform, heavier, and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are products of a short breeding season.

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Production without pasture: ‘Cows don’t have to eat grass’

Production without pasture: ‘Cows don’t have to eat grass’

Bruce Derksen

AG Daily

When Mother Nature drops the hammer on a part of the world, or the government claws back some federal grazing lands, or a greedy neighbor breaks a handshake deal because he got a better offer, cow/calf producers can find themselves without pasture land. The question then crops up: What to do?

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3 drivers of the beef supply chain

3 drivers of the beef supply chain

B. Lynn Gordon

Beef Magazine

As cow-calf producers, we are regularly focused on the supply chain directly impacting our operations. We are always thinking ahead to make sure we have enough feed to get the cowherd through the winter, planning our grazing systems and ensuring we have enough bull power come breeding season. But, do you ever wonder what type of supply chain planning and decisions those in the fast-food industry monitor?

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NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center Holding Virtual Beef ProductionField Day

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center Holding Virtual Beef ProductionField Day

Todd Ingstad


North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) is holding its annual field day virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re eager to use this new approach to still get the latest research and information to producers,” says Karl Hoppe, Extension livestock systems specialist at the center. “Plus, they’ll be able to watch all the videos on their own time and as many times as they want.”

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No quick fix to slaughter crunch

No quick fix to slaughter crunch

Lee Schulz

Wallaces Farmer

A colleague recently shared with me a YouTube video on “How to butcher beef.” An astonishing 6.13 million people and counting have watched this video since it was posted last September. In May, the University of Illinois issued a news release headlined, “At-home animal slaughter involves risk, challenges.”

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Do cattle imports influence the fed market?

Do cattle imports influence the fed market?

Nevil Speer

Imports are a hot-topic right now. But, the data shows the marginal change in import totals isn’t substantial enough to influence price change in the fed market.

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