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Focus on getting cows bred early in the breeding season

I was speaking at a meeting one evening and I was talking about how nutrition affects reproduction. I got to the portion of the talk discussing how post-partum interval affects cows getting bred in a 60 day season.

Markets

Depressed hog futuers defied Thursday's bearish ag market tone

Corn futures turned lower Thursday. After exhibiting considerable strength over the past week, corn futures declined today. That may have reflected long liquidation before the weekend and next Tuesday’s big USDA reports, but traders may also have been reacting to recent equity market losses, as well as the morning rebound by the U.S. dollar. The latest stock market bounce seemed to have little effect. May corn futures ended Thursday having sagged 3.75 cents to $3.9125/bushel, while December dipped 3.25 to $4.1475.

Cow/Calf Producer

Efficiency in your cow herd

Cattle folks have discussed beef cow efficiency for years now but I don't think that we've actually made much progress. We have breeding values, like $ Energy, to help us but we still see 1400 lb cows that wean 400 lb calves. Larger cows or more milking ability won't generally increase cow efficiency.

Cattle Feeding

Grass tetany prevention

As pastures and small grain fields begin to green up, and livestock owners make plans to begin early spring grazing passes, keep in mind the risk of grass tetany.

Industry

Farmers and ranchers embrace drones

Farm Bureau member Jeff VanderWerff explained the value and risks of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in agriculture in his testimony before a Senate subcommittee yesterday.

Markets

Hogs bucked the bearish ag market trend Thursday morning

Corn futures turned lower Thursday morning. After exhibiting considerable strength over the past week, corn futures turned lower this morning. That may have reflected long liquidation before the weekend and next Tuesday’s big USDA reports, but traders may also have been reacting to the equity market losses sustained this week, as well as the morning rebound by the U.S. dollar. Both are seen as negative for commodity demand. May corn futures sagged 2.75 cents to $3.9225/bushel late Thursday morning, while December slid 2.5 to $4.155.

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