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Corn procurement strategies for cattle feeders

Last fall's record-large 13.925 billion bushel corn crop drove prices down and helped restore profitability and optimism to the cattle feeding sector at the beginning of the year. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: 2 pounds of average daily gain equals grass beef

Growing grass is good and harvesting the grass through the cattle is great, but the end product must increase in value every day to make the process worthwhile. FULL STORY »

Getting hay equipment ready for the new season

Making hay is an expensive process and poorly maintained equipment can add unwanted expenses and downtime, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

After Japan beef deal, Australia eyes cattle sales to China

Hot on the back of winning lower tariffs for beef exports from its largest buyer Japan, Australia is setting its sights on winning another major prize for its beef industry by persuading China to open its market to live cattle sales. FULL STORY »

What’s in your Balage? Inadequate fermentation may risk Botulism

Round bale silage is an alternative to baling dry hay that allows shorter hay curing time and saves valuable nutrients in the face of approaching adverse weather conditions. FULL STORY »

Nontoxic fescue varieties ready; produce more beef on fewer acres

Cattle producers facing fewer grazing acres for herd expansion can boost beef production with better grass. FULL STORY »

Ag markets began Wednesday in mixed fashion

Continued talk of accelerated plantings is depressing corn futures. The corn market is very likely benefitting from strength spilling over from the soy and wheat complexes, especially with underlying demand for the yellow grain seeming quite robust as well. FULL STORY »

Make a record of twins

Estimates of the percentage of beef cattle births that produce twins vary. One estimate (Gilmore) puts the percentage at about 0.5 percent or 1 in every 200 births. Approximately one-half of the sets of twins should contain both a bull and a heifer calf. FULL STORY »

Just in time for Easter: Rabbit pizza

Tis the season, apparently, for wacky seasonal food items. This week we saw the KFC chicken drumstick prom corsage, and a new Häagen-Dazs smartphone app that helps you consume your ice cream at just the right degree of meltage. And now, from New Zealand, rabbit pizza, promoted via a truly eye-catching billboard sure to annoy the vegans and animal-rights activists. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Report: Feeders and calves unevenly steady Play video

The USDA-AMS LGMN Branch provides a weekly video providing timely market information and quotes pertaining to feeder cattle. FULL STORY »

Water Supply Forecast: Record snow in Northwest, dry Southwest

March storms increased snowpack in the northern half of the West but didn’t provide much relief for the dry southern half, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) in its April 2014 water supply forecast. FULL STORY »

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