Feedlot placements change timing of fed cattle

Stronger than expected fed cattle prices so far this year have encouraged feedlots to market cattle aggressively and to place more cattle on feed. In the most recent USDA Cattle on Feed report February placements were up 15 percent from last year’s low February placement total. FULL STORY »

Manage coccidiosis to reduce losses among newborn animals, Part 2

Estimates are that coccidiosis costs the beef industry $100 million annually, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff UAPB. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices strengthen

Beef cow slaughter is 6.4 percent below year ago levels through the first two months of 2014. This decline combined with cattle on feed inventories that have trailed year ago levels for nineteen consecutive months are producing the tight beef supplies that analysts have been expecting for quite some time. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Grazing cattle purchases at peak Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle under 800 lbs sold steady to 3.00 higher while those weighing over 800 lbs traded weak to 2.00 lower with most declines continuing in the Southern Plains. FULL STORY »

Aggressive placements boost feedyard inventories

Inventories in U.S. feedlots with 1,000 head or more reached 99 percent of one year ago on March 1 according to the March Cattle on Feed report from USDA. March marks the 18th consecutive month in which inventories were below year-ago levels, but large numbers of cattle placed into feedlots early this year have brought the total closer to a year ago. 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 10.8 million head on March 1, 2014. The inventory was 1 percent below March 1, 2013. FULL STORY »

When can calves be weaned?

The goal of a replacement heifer rearing program is to provide the opportunity for the heifer to fully develop her lactation potential at the desired age with minimal expense. The first and most important step in this process is proper development of the young calf. FULL STORY »

Maximizing milk replacer response through proper storage

Calf milk replacer prices have climbed as a result of increased demand for dry whey used in human foods such as sports drinks. Therefore, it is essential to properly store milk replacer so that it retains its quality until its use. FULL STORY »

Pasture lease agreements

Pasture leasing plays an important role in American agriculture. It is important that lease agreements are fair, and in writing. Agreements that treat both parties fairly have more staying power. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Are your cows ready to rebreed?

The question of the day: Are the cows ready to breed? For many cattle operations, the calving season got started in mid-March, so it will be in full swing soon. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Weather, light receipts limit market action Play video

By midweek weather patterns had turned spring-like across much of the United States and despite already record-high price levels, “grass fever” is bound to be an epidemic for the balance of the month. FULL STORY »

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