Editorial

Selling vs. backgrounding 2014 calves

So far 2014 has been one for the record books when it comes to the cattle market. Increased cattle values combined with less expensive feed have dramatically changed the outlook for cow/calf profitability compared to the last few years. FULL STORY »

Bunny backlash

Who doesn’t like bunnies? Especially when they’re for dinner. Turns out, even the holiest of humane hustlers can’t sell rabbit meat without catching a Whole Foods Market full of grief. FULL STORY »

More grass, same acres?

Is it possible to increase the amount of grass produced in the same pasture? The answer is "maybe". Your semi-arid rangeland may have room to improve. But where do you start? A recent webinar by Pat Reece "Herbage Production Potential" outlines principles to understand. FULL STORY »

Live cattle cash trade took shape on Wednesday

Live cattle futures settled sharply lower on Wednesday but well off of session lows. Cash trade started to take shape on Wednesday, with southern moderate southern trade at $152 and northern beef market mostly $242. FULL STORY »

Defining stockmanship

Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a commonly used word that many might find hard to clearly define in a few words. Stockmanship has been defined as the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low-stress manner and denotes a low-stress, integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach to livestock handling. FULL STORY »

Boxers or Briefs? Underwear buried to demonstrate unhealthy soil

Men’s cotton briefs can serve the needs of science when buried in a field for a few weeks. It’s a takeoff on an agronomy soil test that uses cotton swatches to measure carbon consumption by microbes. FULL STORY »

EPA, Corps hijack Clean Water Act to expand regulatory authority

States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. FULL STORY »

Grazing after the growing season

Providing feed for the cowherd represents the largest expenditure in a cow-calf operation and winter feed is the single largest expense in most operations. In light of this season’s favorable growth, what management strategies could be employed to reduce winter feed expenses with a view to improve profitability? FULL STORY »

Foodservice operations need to understand meat expiration dates

Recent global media reports speak of “rotten” or “tainted” meat being used in overseas meat processing and foodservice operations. Was the meat really spoiled or did it get handled in a manner that was acceptable but that wasn’t conveyed to employees or end users? FULL STORY »

Glimpse into global demands; future of livestock

With U.S. cattle herds at their lowest since the 1950s, the beef supply is low while demand remains strong. This is pushing cattle prices to record highs. Ag economists Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University and Lee Schultz of Iowa State University predicted strong prices through the next three years. FULL STORY »

Cow-Calf Corner: Fall calving preperation Play video

Glenn Selk offers some tips for the fall calving season. FULL STORY »

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