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Not so fast on plans to import beef from Brazil, Argentina

Twice in the last twelve months the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed rules to import beef from specific regions of South American countries. And twice in the last twelve months agricultural organizations and lawmakers have met the agency head on and said “not so fast” in moving forward with the proposals due to potential risk of introducing foot and mouth disease (FMD) into the United States. FULL STORY »

Beef pricing worksheet for producers considering direct marketing

Have you ever been asked by one of your customers how much a freezer full of beef will cost? Do you struggle to convert the live animal value to a carcass based price? FULL STORY »

Moldy corn and corn silages Q&A

We have been starting to receive some reports of corn having some mold and along with some stalk rot in certain areas. It might be helpful then to answer some common asked questions. FULL STORY »

Seeding guidelines increase winter pasture productivity

Seeding small grain cool-season annuals, like wheat or cereal rye, into perennial warm-season grass pasture, like bermudagrass, has been a common practice for many years. FULL STORY »

Grazing calves on cornstalks

Grazing cows on corn stalks is a long-standing, common practice to reduce feed costs. Grazing calves or yearlings on corn stalks is much less commonly done, but does represent an opportunity to produce inexpensive gains. FULL STORY »

Capital investments, income management for cow-calf enterprise

Cow-calf producers are looking at the potential for significant positive cash flow for 2014 due to record high calf prices along with reduced harvested feed costs and income from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program. FULL STORY »

Crunch time for beef demand

Beef demand has been a pleasant surprise so far this year. Wholesale and retail beef prices have increased fast enough to maintain decent margins for beef packers and allow feedlots profitability for the first three quarters of the year. FULL STORY »

Corn harvest pace picks up, but…

…the current progress is still well behind average. FULL STORY »

USDA helps landowners conserve water in Ogallala region

Stretching from western Texas to South Dakota, the Ogallala Aquifer supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the United States. Underlying about 225,000 square miles of the Great Plains, water from the aquifer is vital to agricultural, cities and industry, making up 30 percent of all groundwater used for irrigation in America. FULL STORY »

BVD testing could pay off big

Because BVD has the potential to affect all of these beef industry segments, many in the industry are paying closer attention to it and paying a premium for calves that test negative as persistently infected (PI) with BVD. FULL STORY »

Feedstuff Inventory: Quality and quantity

Summer has brought cooler temperatures to our growing season, and with this in mind we need to start thinking about feedstuff inventory both in terms of quality and quantity. FULL STORY »

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