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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from baby calf health to pasture and rangeland.

Industry

BeefTalk: We can do better

Warning: Critical statements exist in this article, so you may not want to read it. However, you should at least take home the point that acquiring good bulls through knowledgeable and informed bull selection is critical to the survival of the beef business.

Industry

Winter is critical to beef cow operation success

The winter of 2013-14 is fresh in the mind of most cow-calf producers. Many producers experienced severe condition that started in October in the Dakotas and lasted until May in many states.

Markets

Heifer retention affecting slaughter numbers, weights

Beef, dairy and pork producers can find some positive trends in the USDA’s latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report, released Nov. 17. Beef and cattle prices continue to move higher, the October all-milk price fell just short of the record set in September, and hog prices are high due to tight supplies.

Cattle Feeding

The importance of feed testing

Optimal growing conditions across much of South Dakota this summer have resulted in large quantities of forage being produced. However, quality can vary greatly among and even within fields.

Industry

Fall harvest requires increased focus on safety

Working long hours without an adequate amount of sleep is just one example of how farmers can increase their risk of injury during harvest, a safety expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said.

Markets

Cattle Outlook: Feeder prices steady, futures continue to climb

The November WASDE increased by 0.4% USDA's forecast of 2014 beef production, but lowered their forecast of next year's production by 0.5%. They now predict 2014 beef production will be down 4.9% from last year and next year's beef production will be 3.2% lower than this year.

Pasture and Rangeland

Noble releases four new small grains forages

In the early 1950s, the Noble Foundation established its forage breeding program, specifically developing improved cultivars for four small grains species: rye, wheat, oat and triticale (a rye/wheat hybrid). Through the generations, the program has developed historic new cultivars, such as Elbon, Oklon and Maton rye varieties, that have enhanced agricultural production. Today, the Noble Foundation's small grains breeding program is the longest running breeding program in the Foundation's history.
Animal Health Center

Does winter backgrounding present an opportunity this year?

Cow-calf operators are currently enjoying the strongest fall calf market on record. While calf prices typically decrease from summer to fall, that has not been the case this year. The combination of increasing spring 2015 live cattle futures and continual declines in corn prices have added fuel to a feeder cattle market that was already on fire.

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