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Packer losses exceed $125 per head, feedyards near breakeven

01/25/2012 5:45:00 AM
Beef packer margins declined more than $65 per head last week as cash fed cattle prices improved more than $3 per hundredweight and boxed beef cutout values declined $2 per hundredweight. ... Full story.

Conditions mixed as farmers mull spring planting

01/24/2012 4:25:00 PM
Thanks to rains, more of Texas transitioned from exceptional to extreme drought, or from severe to moderate, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. ... Full story.

CattleSense: Molasses, Part 2: Nutritional Value

01/24/2012 3:30:59 PM
Last month we reviewed some molasses basics: definitions, standards, characteristics, and general uses. ... Full story.

Finding new forages for rangeland cattle

01/24/2012 1:51:21 PM
Cattle that graze on rangelands in the western United States may soon have a new forage option, thanks to work by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist. ... Full story.

Schwieterman: Rising corn futures limit feeder cattle gains

01/24/2012 8:47:09 AM
Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Monday, with March weaker and the rest of the complex modestly higher. ... Full story.

Winter challenges for Oklahoma cattle producers

01/23/2012 12:48:34 PM
The unexpected and welcome rain in November and early December has been followed across much of Oklahoma with the warm and dry conditions that the weather folks anticipated for this winter. ... Full story.

Global feed production reaches 873 million tons

01/23/2012 8:45:00 AM
The world’s feed production has reached an estimated 873 million metric tons, according to a global survey commissioned by Alltech. Conducted through Alltech’s regional managers, the survey assessed the tonnage of 132 countries and all species. ... Full story.

United States Cattle on Feed up 3 percent

01/20/2012 2:21:20 PM
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.9 million head on January 1, 2012. ... Full story.

Calving season: Nutrition is key for a healthy vibrant calf

01/25/2012 10:15:44 AM
This past fall’s weather was excellent for completing projects that in most years have to wind up by mid-November. ... Full story.

Backgrounding enterprise profitability tied to feed costs

01/10/2012 4:10:00 PM
Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) data indicate the backgrounding enterprise has not been particularly profitable over the last ten years. ... Full story.

Illinois farmers pleasantly surprised by harvest

10/21/2011 4:07:17 PM
Central Illinois farmers say they're pleasantly surprised the harvest of corn and soybeans hasn't been hurt by this year's wacky weather that included heavy spring rains followed by a summer of drought. ... Full story.

Schwieterman: April live cattle contract makes new highs

10/21/2011 3:59:52 PM
Cash cattle traded as high as $122.50, which is roughly where the October live cattle are trading. The front months needed to see higher cash trade than that in order to post gains, but the April live cattle contract, as well as the deferred feeder cattle made new highs this week. ... Full story.
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10/19/2012
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