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 »

Replacing toxic fescue boosts beef gains

Killing Kentucky 31 fescue pastures takes planning and patience. That’s required before seeding new nontoxic replacement forage. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Stocker sales expected to increase Play video

Compared to last week, all weights and classes of feeder cattle and calves sold $1-5 higher with active trading noted in most major marketing areas. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Cattle futures reach new record highs

Fed cattle prices set new records this week. Live weight prices for slaughter steer reached $130/cwt for the first time ever in October. FULL STORY »

Current policy affecting the cattle industry

U.S. trade policy, the new farm bill, and domestic and global economic conditions were much discussed topics at the 2013 Range Beef Cow Symposium. Roger Bernard, Informa Economics, indicated that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) would remain a contentious trade issue during the next year. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Beef price at record in 4th consecutive month

USDA's February Cattle on Feed report said the number of cattle on feed at the start of the month was down 2.8% compared to February 2013. FULL STORY »

United States Cattle on Feed down 3 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 February 1, 2014. The inventory was 3 percent below February 1, 2013. FULL STORY »

Smartphone app for livestock producers now available

Livestock producers pondering stocking rates now have an app to help them determine that ratio, according to experts. FULL STORY »

Some newborn calves need help breathing

Despite a cow-calf producer’s best efforts relative to providing desired herd genetics and ease of birthing through bull selection and heifer development, some cows or heifers still need assistance at calving time. 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 »

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