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Tips for a successful calving season

As most producers are aware, calving season is a busy time of year for most producers. It is important to plan the calving season from the start of the breeding season to make it as stress free as possible. FULL STORY »

Selling vs. backgrounding 2014 calves

So far 2014 has been one for the record books when it comes to the cattle market. Increased cattle values combined with less expensive feed have dramatically changed the outlook for cow/calf profitability compared to the last few years. FULL STORY »

Defining stockmanship

Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a commonly used word that many might find hard to clearly define in a few words. Stockmanship has been defined as the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low-stress manner and denotes a low-stress, integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach to livestock handling. FULL STORY »

Live cattle cash trade took shape on Wednesday

Live cattle futures settled sharply lower on Wednesday but well off of session lows. Cash trade started to take shape on Wednesday, with southern moderate southern trade at $152 and northern beef market mostly $242. FULL STORY »

Ag markets are starting the week on a mixed footing

Corn futures are following through on last week’s late gains. The corn market was clearly depressed by beneficial early-summer weather and huge fall harvest prospects for weeks, but seemed to post a significant low last week. FULL STORY »

Bunny backlash

Who doesn’t like bunnies? Especially when they’re for dinner. Turns out, even the holiest of humane hustlers can’t sell rabbit meat without catching a Whole Foods Market full of grief. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Market still has a lot of optimism

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves traded weak to 5.00 lower with spots 10.00 lower. Last week’s limit losses on Thursday and Friday in the live and feeder cattle pits spilled over into this week. FULL STORY »

Optimism in the Air at Beef Checkoff Summer Meetings

Strong cattle and beef prices, tremendous results from a return-on-investment study, an industry forecast ripe with opportunity, and an engaged community of beef producers and importers combined to create an air of optimism and opportunity at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference July 31-Aug. 2 in Denver -- all despite the realities of an ever-shrinking beef checkoff budget. FULL STORY »

Making it work for land and livestock owners in a grazing lease

Pasture leases can be a tricky business or a great opportunity for both the land and livestock owners. Pat Reece, professor emeritus and now a consultant and owner of Prairie and Montane Enterprises, understands this from years of experience working with producers. FULL STORY »

Crop futures diverged from livestock markets Wednesday night

Crop markets rallied to varying degrees Wednesday night. The ongoing industry of the Midwest corn and soy crops is continuing, with Wednesday’s corn results looking quite large and seeming likely to maintain downward pressure on prices. FULL STORY »

Missouri's Right to Farm: Analyzing the aftermath

The good news is that Missouri’s Right to Farm amendment is now part of the state’s constitution. The bad news is that the message voters received might makes things even worse. FULL STORY »

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