Summer stocker cattle returns

A look back at past price relationships during May sheds some light on the gross margin of running stockers. This spring the gross margin and feed costs have again changed suggesting implications for several different prices. FULL STORY »

The impact of stocker cattle performance on feed yard results

For producers raising cattle to be sent to the feed yard, pounds of beef = money in the bank. After a calf is weaned and enters the stocker segment, the rancher then utilizes supplementation and grazing programs to optimize the stocker calf’s value before sending it down the line to the feed yard – the last stop before the calf is harvested into a safe and wholesome product to be distributed to consumers. FULL STORY »

Tips and preparation for safe cattle hauling

Now that pastures are starting to green up and calves are growing, many producers are getting ready to haul their cow/calf pairs to summer pastures. FULL STORY »

Omega Farms relocating

Omega Farms, a nationally recognized and well-known Michigan-based Angus cattle operation, will be leaving their area after more than 60 years and will be moving to Coweta County near Senoia in June. FULL STORY »

Nebraska Cattle on Feed up 4%

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.49 million cattle on feed on May 1. FULL STORY »

Texas Cattle on Feed down

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.43 million head on May 1, 2014, down 4 percent from a year ago. FULL STORY »

Kansas Cattle on Feed down 3 percent

Kansas feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.01 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. FULL STORY »

Kentucky Beef Cattle Market Update for May

The unprecedented strength of the cattle markets has continued into early May. Tight feeder cattle supplies and an incredibly strong fed cattle market have continued to support feeder cattle prices. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: All-time record high prices defy gravity Play video

Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle sold 2.00-5.00 higher with instances from 8.00-10.00 higher throughout the United States. Some of the sharpest advances were noted on heavy feeders weighing over 800 lbs. FULL STORY »

Strategies to stamp out stable flies

Filth flies are a pain, especially stable flies that will travel several miles just to bite livestock, pets and people. They often attack the ankles and lower legs, inflicting sharp, stabbing bites. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Grass turnout date is more than a desire

Evidence of the calving season in the northern Great Plains is clear. All one needs to do is drive down any road and look at the pastures. You will see lots of calves bouncing around on warm days. FULL STORY »

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