More bad news for cattle feeders last week as feedlot margins were down again, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. Feedlots lost nearly $66 per head last week, compared to losing $3 the previous week.
In a study reported this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University report detecting antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes in particulate matter downwind from cattle feedyards.
As the spring calving season approaches, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent. Changes that are gradually seen are udder development, or making bag and the relaxation and swelling of the vulva.
Breeding season is just around the corner for producers whose cows calved in the spring, and it is never too late to start planning. Improvement of next year’s calf crop is dependent upon the breeding decisions you are about to make.
By Roger Gates, South Dakota State University Extension
Winter feed represents one of the largest costs for a livestock production enterprise. Grazing pasture that has been stockpiled for winter use is a rational alternative to limit costs resulting from both harvest (or purchase) and feeding of hay.
Cattle producers generally have adequate forage supplies to finish the winter. Producers should carefully monitor local drought conditions as the new growing season approaches. Hay supplies may provide critically needed flexibility if spring forage growth is limited or delayed.