Issues that Matter: COOL confusion

Does mandatory country-of-origin labeling increase consumer demand for U.S. beef? R-CALF USA believes it does. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Nutrition - Using silage to stretch hay supplies

Due to the shortage of conventional forages and drought damage to many corn fields this year, cow-calf producers are feeding more corn silage than usual. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Reproduction - Cow temperament affects reproduction

Research from Oregon State University indicates aggressive cows have lower reproduction rates than calm cows and that acclimating heifers to low-stress handling can benefit fertility. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Calm in the chute

Texas rancher Louie Woodall has seen his share of calves lunging forward, kicking or otherwise struggling while restrained in a squeeze chute, creating a risk of injuring themselves or processing-crew members. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Management - Does stalk grazing reduce yields?

Corn residue offers a cost-effective winter grazing option for producers across the Corn Belt, especially when hay supplies are tight and prices high. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Financial Planning - Tax planning following drought

The drought disaster declaration has given livestock producers in many areas options for deferring income from livestock sales in 2012. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: High feed costs boost value of preg-checking

With hay and grain prices at historic highs, the cost of feeding open cows this winter will have a greater impact on profitability than ever before. FULL STORY »

Farm employment, wages increase

The number of workers hired on U.S. farms and ranches increased this summer and fall, as did their wages compared with the same periods a year ago. According to a recent Farm Labor report from USDA, there were 872,000 workers hired directly by farm operators during the week of Oct. 7 to 13, 2012, up more than 5 percent from the same week in October 2011. FULL STORY »

Mixed reactions to EPA’s decision on RFS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will retain the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), turning down requests for a waiver due to high corn prices. As corn prices spiked in the face of this summer’s drought, livestock and food organizations, and some state governors, petitioned the EPA to temporarily suspend the RFS, which currently mandates that fuel companies use 13.2 billion gallons of biofuel this year. FULL STORY »

Farmland prices: Boom or bubble?

Can the trend in farm and ranch real estate prices continue? A new report from the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research examines current patterns in the price of U.S. land. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment - Gate support

Cattle gates and posts in heavily used areas take a lot of stress and abuse. FULL STORY »

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