Feeder margins drop below $200

Feedlot margins dropped more than $34 per head last week and fell below $200 to finish at $176.51 per head, according to the latest data from the Sterling Profit Tracker. FULL STORY »

Average carcass weight up 12 pounds in 2013

Total red meat production was slightly down in 2013 according to the USDA annual Livestock Slaughter summary released on Monday. FULL STORY »

Photo: All hands on deck

Photo of the day was taken by Alie McKee of Lone Pine, California. The Cal Poly graduate and her husband work on the Margarita Ranch on the central coast. FULL STORY »

Beef fuels Boston

26.2 miles – the distance thousands athletes ran yesterday during the Boston Marathon. Of the 36 thousand competing was Heath Larson, a Wichita, Kan., man representing Team Beef, a second year veteran to the race. FULL STORY »

California Assembly member pushes for antibiotic restrictions

California lawmaker Kevin Mullin (D-22) this week assembled a group of advocates to rally in support of his California Assembly bill 1437, which would place new restrictions on the use of antibiotics in livestock in California. FULL STORY »

Cedar trees and rangeland loss

The most challenging message to come from recent research is that cedar invasion appears to be primarily a product of removal of fire from the grasslands. FULL STORY »

Transitioning newly purchased bulls

By now the task of selecting new herd sires has been largely completed. Now it’s time to shift focus towards management practices to make sure that the investments made in new herd sires will last for the long-term. FULL STORY »

April – Time to get ready to breed spring-calving beef heifers

April is the time for ranchers to think about the upcoming breeding season. Most cattle producers breed their cows in June so they will calve in March and April, but heifers should be bred 20 to 30 days before the rest of the herd. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa’s benefits to livestock, soil worth the work

Soil testing is a necessity to reap the benefits of growing alfalfa for hay, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Ten universities receive research grants to study climate change

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nation with quality food. FULL STORY »

Calf Scours: Causes, prevention and treatment

Calf scours causes more financial losses to cow-calf producers than any other health problem in their herds. FULL STORY »

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