Daily Archives: October 21, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 country road traffic rules

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 country road traffic rules


#10. Whether the deer has the right-of-way depends on which truck you’re driving — and how big his rack is.

#9. Most road signs translate to, “Keep your speed up.”

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Applications now open for beef industry scholarships

Applications now open for beef industry scholarships

AG Daily

For many pursuing their passion in the agriculture industry, scholarships can help students find more of a financial freedom during college. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2021-2022 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

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Cattle Finishing Net Returns in 2020

Cattle Finishing Net Returns in 2020

Farmdoc Daily

his year has exhibited wide swings in commodity prices, drastically changing net return prospects.  Earlier papers examined net return prospects in early January) and early May This article provides updated feeding cost of gain, breakeven prices, and net return estimates for the first nine months of 2020, and projections through the second quarter of 2021.  It is important to note that the net return estimates in this article do not include Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments.  Information pertaining to these payments can be found in the fact sheets listed in the citations.

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3 USDA initiatives to support beef producers

3 USDA initiatives to support beef producers

Beef Producer

USDA is highlighting three initiatives to build upon the recommendations of the July 2020 Boxed Beef and Fed Cattle Price Spread Investigation Report: risk management education funding, updates to livestock market reporting and producer training opportunities.

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Cattle slaughter dynamics show what a year it’s been

Cattle slaughter dynamics show what a year it’s been

Beef Magazine

It’s become almost a cliché: 2020 is a year like none other in almost every way. For beef producers, that’s played out in every sector and every market. Throw in a drought, hurricanes, wildfires and who knows what’s next and beef producers seem to be challenged in every way imaginable.

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Calves that look for ways to die

Calves that look for ways to die

Erica Louder

Progressive Cattle

However, this week on my ranch, that beef energy in a minute-old calf did no good. I may have even wished for the calf to just lay there. Or, better yet, would have had the energy to swim. Or, maybe it’s not just dairy calves that come into the world looking to die; a few beef calves seem to have the propensity too.

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Forage Conditions Pressure Feeder Cattle Prices

Forage Conditions Pressure Feeder Cattle Prices

Derrell Peel


According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the last thirty days are the sixth driest on record for this period in the state of Oklahoma.  The situation is much more extreme in the western part of the state with the Panhandle, North Central, West Central and Southwest regions all reporting the driest total for this thirty day period in 100 years of records. All of these regions reported less than 0.1 inches of rainfall for the period.

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USDA to host webinars on cattle futures, grading

USDA to host webinars on cattle futures, grading

Capital Press

USDA will host a series of four webinars on CME specifications and live cattle and beef carcass grading and certification on Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. The free webinars are targeted to cattle producers, feeders, and others in the fed beef supply chain and will focus on reporting, delivery and grading of feeder cattle, live cattle, and carcasses, particularly relating to CME live cattle futures.

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Wildfire smoke doesn’t only hurt people

Wildfire smoke doesn’t only hurt people

Margherita Beale

Daily Democrat

Weeks of exposure to smoke-filled skies as a result of Northern California’s wildfires hasn’t only been bad for humans — area specific agricultural staples like cattle and wine grapes are also at risk, studies show.

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NCBA rolls out voluntary cattle market fix

NCBA rolls out voluntary cattle market fix


It is no secret that adequate price information has been on the decline in the fed cattle marketplace in recent years. This has largely created different viewpoints across the country’s cattle-producing regions regarding how to increase market transparency, especially following the “black swan” events that included an August 2019 fire at the Tyson Foods beef processing plant in Holcomb, Kan., and fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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