Herd rebuilding considerations for Oklahoma cattle producers

At this point is it is impossible to tell what conditions will be in 2014. While conditions are the best they have been in more than two years in some regions, drought conditions could redevelop. FULL STORY »

Extending the productive life of the stock cow

January 1, 2013 U.S. cow inventory totals documented a 60-year low in stock cow numbers, marking eight continuous years of reduction in the U.S. cowherd. Most analysts predict those totals to indicate further reductions when the January 1, 2014 report is unveiled. FULL STORY »

Reducing feed costs with winter grazing and rotation

Winter feed represents one of the largest costs for a livestock production enterprise. Grazing pasture that has been stockpiled for winter use is a rational alternative to limit costs resulting from both harvest (or purchase) and feeding of hay. FULL STORY »

Breeding heifers on wheat pasture

Many areas of the Eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma have grown some wheat pasture for use as winter feed. FULL STORY »

Less Cattle on Feed; strong feeder prices to end 2013

With most auctions closed the next two weeks, last week’s combined Oklahoma auction summary was the final report for the year. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Lightweight calves end 2013 on a high note Play video

Lightweight calves were $2 to $5 higher this week, but heavier classes experienced some weakness. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Winter freeze can’t stop calf prices Play video

Compared to last week, calf prices were higher across the nation although inclement weather hampered marketing in many areas of the United States. Frigid temperatures have persisted throughout much of the country with winter still officially a week away. FULL STORY »

Conventionally produced beef…safe and sustainable?

We are all bombarded with the propaganda that conventionally raised beef is not healthy or sustainable by media, society, and even some of our fellow producers. FULL STORY »

Beef demand challenges ahead

Beef production is falling at the end of 2013 and is expected to fall sharply in the coming year. This reduction in beef supply will add significant additional pressure to increase wholesale and retail beef prices. This leads to much concern in the beef industry that beef will “price itself out of the market”. FULL STORY »

Protect livestock from harsh winter conditions

Arkansas tends to get a lot of freezing rain, sleet, ice and wintery mix, and these wet, cold conditions are hard on animals if they do not have good feed, clean water and shelter. FULL STORY »

Preparing the cow herd for cold weather

Moisture, high winds, and cold temperatures increase the cow’s energy requirements. FULL STORY »

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