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 »

Winter took a toll on cattle health

Producers should consider supplemental feed to help cattle through the next month to six weeks until grass is growing and is past the “watery” stage. Energy and protein are both crucial. FULL STORY »

Steps to Improve Cow Herd efficiency

Business owners are often challenged to find time to sit down, analyze data, and strategize to make their business more profitable and successful. A beef cow/calf operation is one such business, and improving feed efficiency is a main profit-driver. FULL STORY »

Guidance of reducing calves' stress

One of the many goals in raising calves is to provide a stress-free environment, which takes proactive management of the calves' basic needs. FULL STORY »

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