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Minimizing storage losses in hay

Each harvest season brings concerns regarding storage options for hay. Indeed, producers need to find ways to prevent shrink losses in their bunkers and storage systems. Hay storage losses are around 5% when it is harvested at 15% moisture and stored under dry conditions. FULL STORY »

Cattle markets move past summer highs

About a year ago I wrote an article titled “Cattle markets move past summer lows.” The title of this article reflects how far we have come and serves as a reminder that the current cattle and beef market situation is the result of a market run that began over a year ago. FULL STORY »

Driving genetic quality

Demand is pushing prices as cattle producers work to rebuild the cow herds – making for some heavy investments to be made. FULL STORY »

New effort seeks to strengthen voice for science for GMOs

A new international effort led by Cornell will seek to add a stronger voice for science and depolarize the charged debate around agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). FULL STORY »

State veterinarians discuss key health threats at WSLHA meeting

Officials stress importance of diagnostics in disease-management programs. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Vaccinate to protect ranch assets

Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money. FULL STORY »

John Deere’s 2014 product launch heavy in hay equipment

While John Deere has been in business since 1837, in 2014 it released their first large square baler. FULL STORY »

The cure to record prices

I think all marketing economist have, at some point, been told the saying that nothing cures high prices like high prices. Many might argue that live and feeder cattle futures, and more recently cash feds and feeders, have been “cured”. 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 »

More grass, same acres?

Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? A recent webinar by Pat Reece "Herbage Production Potential" outlines principles to understand. 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 »

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