07/02/2012 11:11:11 AMPrices for cattle of all classes and for beef are higher than this time last year. However, cattle market conditions have changed significantly in the past few weeks and most prices have declined recently. The biggest factor is weather which is impacting markets directly and indirectly, both in the immediate short run as well as farther down the road. Beyond weather impacts, beef demand remains a critical question for cattle and beef markets. ... Full story.
06/25/2012 12:58:05 PMBeef cow slaughter so far this year is down over 9 percent compared to the same period last year. In the last 6 weeks, beef cow slaughter is down nearly 16 percent compared to last year. These data clearly reflect improved drought conditions compared to last year, especially in the Southern Plains. So far this year, beef cow slaughter in federal slaughter Region 6, which covers the 2011 drought region, is down over 19 percent compared to all other slaughter regions in which the remaining beef cow slaughter is down 5.2 percent. ... Full story.
05/30/2012 1:30:00 PMCow-Calf Corner is a collection of timely management tips of interest to cow-calf producers in Oklahoma. This week, Glenn Selk discusses the classification of cull cows and which ones may bring the most profit. ... Full story.
05/24/2012 9:41:52 AMWhat beef producers — and especially cow-calf operators— want to do and what Mother Nature allows them to do are sometimes different things. ... Full story.
05/24/2012 2:12:04 PMOne advantage of keeping records is the ability to look back in time. Time changes everything, but that everything may be big for some and small for others. ... Full story.
05/17/2012 11:03:59 AMWhat a market we have! Stockers and feeders continue to stay strong, even where grass appears to be short and feeding one looks like a sure loss. ... Full story.
05/16/2012 9:50:00 AMDrought effects continue to diminish in the United States except for some areas in the Southeast and Southwest. ... Full story.
05/15/2012 9:25:59 AMCull cow prices were record high in 2011 and are on pace to set another record high in 2012. Prices for 85-90% lean slaughter cows in the Southern Plains started 2012 at $70 per hundredweight (cwt.) and increased seasonally throughout January and February. Since late February, prices have traded in a fairly narrow trading range of $85 to $87/cwt., and have averaged about $10 higher than last year. High prices in 2011 were in spite of relatively large cow slaughter, particularly in the last half of the year. ... Full story.
05/14/2012 9:49:14 AMEconomic principles provide guidance on how cattle producers should adjust production in response to wildly fluctuating output and input values. ... Full story.
05/11/2012 4:22:01 PMEven in areas where pastures have sprung back from last-year’s drought, high cattle prices, cash shortages and general uncertainty will keep ranchers cautious and suggest a slow recovery of cattle numbers. ... Full story.
05/11/2012 5:55:00 AMSustainability. It’s the new buzz-word in every restaurant menu, every corporate mission statement and every TV commercial. ... Full story.
05/09/2012 2:40:00 PMIn 2011, the USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System conducted the Small-scale U.S. Livestock Operations study. Take a look at the characteristics and look of the average operation and operator. ... Full story.
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10/19/2012We’re buying young cow from drought stricken ranches and moving them to ours. Do we co-mingle or segregate for how long? Full story.
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