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Cow/Calf Producer

Q&A: Tips from the experts on your herd sire investment

Every year cattlemen and women have common occurring questions before investing genetics that will play a huge role in the success of their operation for several years. “Buy a bull to use for five years, and he’s going to have a lasting impact upwards of 15 years on a cow herd,” says beef specialist Matt Hersom at the University of Florida. In other words, your bull purchase decisions are not to be taken lightly.

Cow/Calf Producer

Understanding welfare food labels

Food labels that emphasize how animals are treated and cared for on the farm or ranch are becoming more widely recognized in grocery stores across the United States. When asked what a “humanely raised” label means to you, 55% of respondents chose the “only better treatment of animals” option and almost 30% chose “all of above: better treatment of animals, safer food, and more nutritious and healthy food.”

News

Size matters

According to a study by Kansas State University, not all corn is created equal when it comes to how particle size affects feedlot cattle’s ability to digest corn and use it for energy and growth.

Chris Reinhardt, K-State Research and Extension feedlot specialist, says there is a strong relationship between smaller particle size and increased digestibility of the starch from grain.

Cow/Calf Producer

BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2014

What is beef production? That question often is asked, and the answers are very varied because of a very diversified beef industry that encompasses vast amounts of space. The saying that “one size fits all” is not pertinent to the beef industry. However, there are valid answers that define beef production within similar production environments.

Cow/Calf Producer

Retail beef prices declined slightly in January, while pork declines slightly

That makes 11 record highs in the past 12 months for Choice beef and 20 record highs in the past 21 months for the All ‐ Fresh beef price series that includes Select and store ‐ grade beef items. The average retail price of a pound of pork was $3.989, down 0.1% from the previous month but still 6.1% higher than one year ago. The retail pork price has been higher, year ‐ on ‐ year, in every month since March 2013.

Cow/Calf Producer

University of Tennessee Junior Bull Test Sale slated for March

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will auction performance-tested bulls at the upcoming Junior Bull Test Sale on Thursday, March 12. The sale will take place at noon CDT at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill.

Cow/Calf Producer

Waving wheat still smells sweet in Oklahoma

Oklahoma consistently ranks in the top five states for beef cattle and winter wheat, but our agriculture is much more than just rolling fields of wheat and cattle. With more than 80,000 farms counted in the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Oklahoma remains in 4th position in the number of farms in the nation.

Pasture and Rangeland

Rangelands produce important ecosystem services

While participating in high school FFA and even more so during college, my perception of the landscape around me was transformed. Initially, I perceived the outdoor environment as a little grass, a few weeds and some trees. I eventually came to see the world as composed of many different species — little bluestem, sideoats grama, western ragweed, prairie coneflower, post oak and Eastern red-cedar — just to name a few.

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