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Drovers Cow/Calf

Lots of moisture and a taste of winter

Thanksgiving week was wet across many parts of the country and included snow, freezing rain and rain.  Oklahoma and Texas straddled the freezing line with a wide range of impacts in a region known for highly variable weather.  South and east of the freezing line, Southeastern Oklahoma and northern Texas were the epicenter of heavy rain that totaled up to one foot in parts of the region.  Flooding once again impacted an area that received record rainfall earlier in the year.  The band of heavy rain extended from southwest Texas north and east through the Great Lakes, covering the central an


Cattle carcass weights increase, packer margins under pressure

Cattle carcass weights are at record levels and continue to increase counterseasonally. As of the week ending October 24th, average steer weights were reported at 927 pounds (+3 percent year over year) and average heifer weights at 841 pounds (+2 percent year over year). Several factors have contributed to the rapid increases in cattle weight gain. First, the costs of feeding cattle have become considerably lower and there is excess capacity in the feeding sector.

Pasture and Rangeland

El Niño may boost cool-season pasture weeds

The summer of 2015 will long be remembered for the consistency and amount of rainfall received. This was a great benefit for the crop farmer, but made life exceedingly difficult for the hay farmer. With all this rain I saw many pastures that were “soggy” all summer. Bahiagrass is a durable and highly persistent grass that can tolerate periodic flooding.


DocTalk: Antibiotic resistance

Dr. Dan Thompson talks about some of the issues that are being discussed out there in the media about antibiotic resistance and about what we’re doing in the beef industry for judicious antimicrobial usage.


In the Cattle Markets: Cattle on feed

USDA-NASS released the monthly Cattle on Feed report on November 20. Numbers came in very similar to the average pre-report estimates. Total cattle on feed number (U.S. feedlots over 1,000 head capacity) on November 1 was up 2.1% over 2014 at 10.8 million head. This is the largest November cattle on feed number since 2012. In 2015 cattle on feed inventories have been at or above 2014 levels for all but one month, with the last five month inventories at 2% or more above last year’s levels.


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