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Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices strengthen

Beef cow slaughter is 6.4 percent below year ago levels through the first two months of 2014. This decline combined with cattle on feed inventories that have trailed year ago levels for nineteen consecutive months are producing the tight beef supplies that analysts have been expecting for quite some time. FULL STORY »

Creating a Price Floor: Locking in calf prices using LRP

For years, cattle producers used the commodities market as a way to hedge and create a price floor for their cattle. FULL STORY »

Get the most from bermudagrass with sandbur control

Hay and forage growers and cattle producers looking to get the highest-quality hay from of their bermudagrass acres understand how important it is to have clean, weed-free fields at first cutting. When aggressive weeds infest pasture and rangeland, they severely compromise the quality and productivity of the bermudagrass. FULL STORY »

Beef association president comments on beef from Argentina

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2014) - The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Inspection Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register today to allow the importation of beef from a region in Argentina. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved quite mixed again Friday morning

An increased production forecast may be depressing corn futures. The corn market slipped Thursday night, then moved lower in response to news that the International Grain Council had boosted its global production forecast 4.0 million tonnes to 973 million. FULL STORY »

The 3 stages of parturition (calving)

Before the first heifer begins the calving process this spring, it would be wise to review what takes place in a normal delivery. FULL STORY »

Herd health: Vaccinations for the cow-calf operation

One of the most common questions in cow/calf production is what vaccines are necessary on an annual basis to keep the herd healthy. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Activists claiming victory

Opponents of SeaWorld’s use of captive orcas and dolphins has ramped up the media debate over its operations, and now its dismal earnings are starting to reflect the impact of the protests. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins continue a three-week skid

Feedlot margins continue a three-week skid down $35.21 per head from the previous week to $162.67 per head for the week ending August 23, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest release. FULL STORY »

In the cattle Markets: Feed supply and demand

In recent weeks people in different livestock sectors have been wondering about the relative price impacts of corn and other feeds. Other people have asked about the longer-run price outlook for feed and for cattle. Having expectations for corn and hay in this setting is necessary as they ultimately feed into the prices for different classes of cattle. For crops using a balance sheet allows for both supply and demand adjustments. FULL STORY »

Beef cattle herd health vaccination schedule

A herd health management plan is vital to profitable beef production. FULL STORY »

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