Feeder Cattle Report: Feeders and calves unevenly steady Play video

The USDA-AMS LGMN Branch provides a weekly video providing timely market information and quotes pertaining to feeder cattle. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Pressure seen on heavyweight feeders Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold unevenly steady with the majority of sales ranging from 3.00 higher to 3.00 lower. Most pressure was seen on heavyweight feeders over 800 lbs and soft new-crop calves that are progressively making up a larger percentage of receipts. As a whole, offerings are currently less attractive than usual with receipts mostly made up of growing-lot yearlings and fall-born calves, both carrying considerable flesh. FULL STORY »

Four tips to prepare the herd for spring and summer grazing

Late spring and early summer pastures provide essential nutrients to the cow herd, as the cow cares for herself, the calf at her side and her developing fetus. During this period, pasture management is especially important as pasture forages can provide highly variable nutrient levels. FULL STORY »

Working cattle safely and efficiently this spring

Application of most economically important management practices to commercial cowcalf operations require up close interaction with the cattle. Several of these jobs are carried out during the upcoming months. FULL STORY »

Cattle producers need to watch out for grass tetany

With spring finally arriving pastures are beginning to green up. For most cattle producers, that is a welcome event that leads to less reliance on feeding hay. FULL STORY »

Feeder cattle review: Feeder cattle sold higher Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle sold 1.00-4.00 higher with thinner- fleshed stockers suitable for grass selling up to 8.00 higher near the major grazing regions. FULL STORY »

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 »

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