Angus VNR: Developing efficient cows Play video

Feed is a significant budget item, and so efficiency is always an important topic. Dan Shike, University of Illinois, and Bryce Schumann, American Angus Association, discuss the tools available and what’s on the horizon. FULL STORY »

Ag markets had a bad day Tuesday

Favorable weather forecasts depressed corn futures Tuesday. Talk of dry early-August weather has supported the crop markets lately, but the latest forecasts suggest conditions will remain cool, with a possibility of widespread rain next week. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins come back with a vengeance

After taking a $22 hit for the week ending July 19, feedlot margins came back with a vengeance tipping $357.58 for the week ending July 26, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. FULL STORY »

Know when to hold ‘em

From the June-July issue: This year’s hot calf and feeder market offers ranchers multiple marketing opportunities. FULL STORY »

Study: Economic challenges persist for herd expansion

Texas cattle producers looking to restock herds may choose to examine all options as financial dynamics have changed due to historic high cattle prices, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. FULL STORY »

Simplot Feeders, Wash. fined $24,000

Simplot Feeders in Wallula, Wash. has been fined $24,000 due to air quality violations in March, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. FULL STORY »

Ag markets posted divergent moves again Thursday

The Export Sales report discouraged corn traders. The USDA report indicated a disappointing total for old crop corn sales, although the new crop total easily topped forecasts. FULL STORY »

Why is early castration of bull calves important?

In the United States, more than 17 million bulls are castrated yearly that range in age from 1 day to 1 year old. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Bashing beef

An activist researcher claims that pork, poultry and eggs are five times as eco-friendly as beef. Why? For the very reason that animal rights attack producers: Confinement production. FULL STORY »

Ag markets began Thursday mostly lower

Corn futures declined Wednesday night. The prospect of a huge fall harvest is weighed upon the crop markets again last night. FULL STORY »

USDA reports confirm tight cattle supplies

USDA-NASS released both the monthly Cattle on Feed report and the semi-annual Cattle inventory report on Friday, July 25. Both reports helped to confirm why cattle and beef prices have continued to increase to record high levels. FULL STORY »

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