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Are the bulls ready for the fall breeding season?

The fall breeding season is less than two months away. If you have not assessed your bull battery recently, time is running out. Contact your local veterinarian and make arrangements to see that your bulls of all ages pass a breeding soundness exam. FULL STORY »

Winter wheat grazing prospects this fall

Winter wheat grazing prospects in the Southern Plains are the best in several years; at least as indicated by winter wheat plantings. The September 15 Crop Progress report showed Oklahoma with 14 percent of wheat planted, up from seven percent the week prior and above the 2009-2013 average for the date of six percent. FULL STORY »

Consider investments in efficiency with extra cattle income

What is causing this major increase in prices? Primarily there are two key factors: fewer cattle, and cheaper feed. FULL STORY »

Thinking ahead, thinking strategically

This year’s cattle market has certainly been one of shock and awe: awe-inspiring that prices could rise this high, this fast and shock from the fact that new records keep being set. Excitement about the prices is mixed with nervousness about the duration of the current price levels as decisions about expansion prospects. FULL STORY »

USDA Completes three contingency livestock inspection facilities

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the completion of three contingency livestock inspections facilities at border ports in New Mexico and Arizona. FULL STORY »

U.S. Cattle on Feed down 1 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 9.8 million head on September 1, 2014. FULL STORY »

Feed yard placement weight affects production returns

Stocker cattle production is a major component of the cattle business in Oklahoma and Texas. Stockers are weaned calves that are typically grazed on pasture to add 200 to 400 pounds of body weight and are then sold as a "feeder" to someone who puts the calf on feed in a feed yard. FULL STORY »

Feedstuff Cost Comparison: There's an app for that

SDSU Extension has developed tools to help evaluate the relative costs of two different feedstuffs. The Feed Cost Calculator is available for both desktop and handheld devices. FULL STORY »

A question of handler personality type

Have you ever wondered why cattle may work great for one individual and then completely blow up when a different individual works them? FULL STORY »

Beef favorability at historically high levels

According to the most recent Consumer Beef Index survey conducted by the Beef Checkoff Program, while consumers’ perception of beef remains at historically high levels, current high prices for beef could be the reason for slightly lower favorability compared to recent surveys. FULL STORY »

Mistakes that hurt a farm's credit

Farmers and bankers are in the risk business together, and ag producers are on the front lines of risk management every day. FULL STORY »

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