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Gradual efficiency changes and unexpected costs

Expansion is a multi-faceted question for beef producers that are in the position to do so. Expectations about future returns relative to the cost of purchasing or retaining a replacement cow or heifer are often the first question to be addressed. Included in that decision are expectations about pasture availability in the future as some areas continue to recover from drought.

USDA Market Reports

Nebraska cattle on feed up 2 percent

Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.50 million cattle on feed on May 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This inventory was up 2 percent from last year. This is the highest May 1 inventory since the data series began in 1994.

USDA Market Reports

Southern Plains cattle on feed down 2 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.41 million head on May 1, 2015, down 1 percent from a year ago. Producers placed 385 thousand head in commercial feedlots during April, down 8 percent from a year ago. Texas commercial feeders marketed 435 thousand head during April, down 9 percent from 2014.

Cow/Calf Producer

Merck Animal Health: Concurrent deworming approach pays dividends

The margin of error for stocker cattle often is narrow — $50 per head can be the difference between profit and loss. It’s important to get the most out of that high-value calf with the lowest input, which means getting the most out of the pasture grass.

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Kansas cattle on feed up 1 percent

Kansas feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.11 million cattle on feed on April 1, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.This inventory was up 1 percent from last year.

Markets

Soy complex turned lower Friday

US dollar strength once again weighed on the commodity sector Friday. A relatively high reading for Core-CPI on a Friday morning report sent the U.S. dollar higher, which in turn undercut the commodity markets. Actually, it wasn’t terribly surprising to see the corn setback, since the market had risen rather significantly lately despite generally bearish fundamentals, especially with the long weekend looming. July corn futures sank 5.0 cents to $3.60/bushel at Friday’s close, while December dipped 4.5 to $3.7775.

Markets

United States cattle on feed up 1 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.6 million head on May 1, 2015. The inventory was 1 percent above May 1, 2014.

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From the board room: Animal care and well-being

From the minute a calf is born all the way through the production chain, cattlemen and women work around the clock 356-days a year to provide the best quality care for their cattle. The theme of May issue of Drovers CattleNetwork is animal care and well-being, and our board members highlight changes they have made recently to improve animal care and well-being on their operations and changes they expect to make in the next five years.

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