The January cattle inventory survey said the U.S. herd has grown for the second consecutive year. According to USDA, the country started 2016 with 92 million cattle and calves, up 3.2% from a year earlier and the most cattle at the start of a year since 2011. The 3.2% increase is the biggest annual inventory increase since 1974. USDA lowered their estimate of the January 2015 cattle inventory by 657,000 head.
Sale season is beating down our door and as technology continues to advance, so do buyers options when it comes to purchasing cattle. And while nothing beats sorting through pens of bulls all morning and then buying them live, it isn’t always possible to make it to sale day.
In this week’s poll, we want to know which method of bidding you prefer when you can’t make it to a production sale in person.
That Oregon incident; was it a first attempt at a modern day Boston Tea Party or the failed (again) repeat of the Whiskey Rebellion? Certainly the debate about the wisdom of the armed action will be debated for a long time.
By Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist
Any cow calf producer that has spent several years in the cattle business has had the experience of assisting a cow or heifer deliver a calf that was coming backwards. Understanding the physiology and anatomy of the calf and mother will improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.
During a recent roundtable discussion on deworming programs for adult beef cows, Tom Craig, DVM, PhD, Texas A&M University, discussed how environmental changes from year to year and location to location affect parasite-control decisions.
Insights about the recent market price shocks and potential for future turbulence were discussed today with more than 2,000 beef producers at the CattleFax Outlook Session held during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.