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USMEF Audio Report: Hosting Congressional delegation from Mexico

This week the U.S. Meat Export Federation is hosting a Congressional delegation from Mexico for a firsthand look at U.S. meat production. Also included in the delegation is the coordinator of livestock development for Mexico’s Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food. FULL STORY »

Corn crop still on track for a banner year

Thanks to cooler summer weather, corn conditions remain the best seen since 2004. FULL STORY »

EPDs benefit terminal production systems

Surprisingly, I still find that many producers do not use expected progeny differences (EPDs) as a primary selection tool for their bull. Many select their next herd bull based only on physical appearance or a perceived ability to perform, or low birth weight. FULL STORY »

Optimal risk and production management with high cattle prices

Record high cattle prices leads to new questions about risk and production management. Actually, the questions are the same but the answers may be slightly different. High cattle prices have significantly increased capital requirements for stocker cattle, feeder cattle in feedlots or breeding animals for cow-calf production. FULL STORY »

Early Pregnancy Detection: A tool for managing and marketing

Early pregnancy detection in replacement heifers or cows is a tool producers can use to increase profit. Traditionally, cows and replacement heifers are pregnancy tested in the fall of the year and then non-pregnant cows and cull cows are marketed at that time. This is also historically when cull cow prices tend to be seasonally at their lowest. FULL STORY »

Managing nitrogen in pastures

Nitrogen is the most limiting plant nutrient in agriculture due to the rapid turnover of nitrogenous compounds by soil microbial communities and limited storage availability within the soil matrix. FULL STORY »

Don’t ignore public perception of livestock euthanasia

Euthanasia is an uncomfortable and unfortunate reality of livestock production; however, a critical part of both veterinary medicine and livestock handling is to determine when euthanasia is necessary and how to do it humanely. FULL STORY »

Plan now for stockpiling tall fescue

Even with as hot as it has been this summer, now is the time to start thinking about feeding your cows this winter. FULL STORY »

Data Analyses: How weather patterns can affect cattle production

“It’s impossible to answer long-term questions about cattle production using short-term data,” says ecologist Justin Reeves, who works in the ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and headed up the analyses. FULL STORY »

Market-following programs, once perfected, would be no protection

As the annual crop tours end, it is evident that, in the absence of an extremely early frost or other weather event, the US corn and soybean crops could achieve record levels of production. FULL STORY »

New analysis shows BVD-PI testing pays, netting producers more

For the second consecutive year, research shows cattle buyers are paying a higher premium for calves that test negative for being persistently infected (PI) with bovine viral diarrhea (BVD). FULL STORY »

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