Cattle sorting skills facilitate management Play video

Sorting cattle is one of the real arts of animal husbandry. Sorting can be done for many reasons and by many methods. FULL STORY »

Spring planted forage cocktails for beef cattle

Late March or early April is the time to plant spring forage cocktails for beef cattle grazing. Spring forage cocktails can be planted as a way of shortening fallow time between crop rotations or they could be planted as part of a series of annual forage crops to be used through the grazing season. FULL STORY »

Understanding plant-soil interaction to combat weeds

Using high-powered DNA-based tools, a recent study at the University of Illinois identified soil microbes that negatively affect ragweed and provided a new understanding of the complex relationships going on beneath the soil surface between plants and microorganisms. FULL STORY »

Economic cycle - a good time to be in the beef business

“With record high beef prices, it’s a great time to be in the cattle business,” Scott Brown told a meeting of Miller County producers. 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 »

In cool spring, hold cows off pasture until growth is adequate

At the first sign of green grass growing in pastures, farmers will be tempted to turn in livestock for grazing. FULL STORY »

Limping livestock: Two perspectives

Lameness can be attributed to many factors yet the physical response to favor a limb is likely related to the animal’s pain threshold. The presence of pain is a critical well-being concern, and can have many secondary impacts on the animal’s overall health, production, and functional lifetime. FULL STORY »

Pondering Exports…

I recently had opportunity to attend both a workshop by Managing Country Risk author Daniel Wagner and a K-State Cattlemen’s Day presentation by USMEF’s Paul Clayton. FULL STORY »

The important role of expectations in the beef industry

Cattle and beef prices are at record levels in every industry sector, from cow-calf to retail beef prices. FULL STORY »

Rangeland management is key to surviving drought

Improved management adapted to changing rangeland conditions will be a key to surviving three back-to-back years of drought, according to Tim Steffens, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service rangeland management specialist in Canyon. FULL STORY »

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