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History lesson in packing plant closures

“For more than 12 years we’ve been shrinking the U.S. beef herd, so we need fewer processing plants and feedlots than we used to,” Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for K-State Research and Extension said. FULL STORY »

USDA proposes decreased membership on Beef Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced a final decision to decrease membership on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board from 103 to 100 members. The law authorizing the board requires the board’s size to change with shifts in cattle inventory levels. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with Missouri's The Right to Farm

I was happy to see the good folks of Missouri pass an amendment protecting farming, one of our most basic and important pursuits. I wasn't happy that some saw it as a necessary amendment. The biggest surprise was it passed by the slimmest of margins. It was Jenny Craig thin. New York runway model thin. FULL STORY »

Prepare a “calving kit” before fall calving season begins

More and more Oklahoma producers are breeding cattle to calve in the fall. Some producers are planning to “calve out” more replacement heifers than normal to take advantage of high cattle prices. FULL STORY »

Bovine Temperament: A feedlot focus

As a new load of weaned calves enters the feedlot, workers prepare to process the calves upon arrival. Processing would likely include vaccinating these calves to prevent respiratory disease and treating them for parasites, among other regular processing procedures. FULL STORY »

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 »

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