By Katie Allen and Connor Orrock, Kansas State University Extension
Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire. This one decision could affect their profitability drastically, and with the stress of calving season, it is easy to get lost in sire information and make an investment that could be detrimental to the bottom line.
The annual Cattle report estimated that total cattle inventories in the U.S. were up 3.2 percent year over year at 92.0 million head. From various inventories categories we can calculate an estimated supply of feeder cattle outside of feedlots. For January 1, 2016, this estimate is 25.9 million head, up 5.3 percent from one year ago.
During a recent roundtable discussion on deworming programs for adult beef cows, Texas veterinarian Arn Anderson discussed how parasite control plans, including biosecurity, should be customized for individual cow-calf operations based on their environment and management systems.
U.S. soybeans slid to a one-month low on Monday as rains across Argentina eased fears over dry weather curbing yields while wheat also fell as uncertainty about demand from top buyer Egypt kept prices under pressure.