By Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska- Lincoln Extension
A new website dedicated to beef cattle genetics has been launched at the 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Conference. eBEEF.org (http://ebeef.org/ ) is part of the national eXtension program with the goal of being a one-stop site for beef cattle genetics and genomics information. Beef cattle specialists from six land grant institutions have joined forces to provide educational materials that are pertinent to today’s beef cattle producers, without searching multiple sites or filtering through countless hits on a search. The site contains factsheets, short frequently asked question (FAQ) video clips, relevant conference recordings and webinars, a blog and links to other useful beef sites.
The grain markets traded mixed Monday as the slightly improved weather outlook and nervousness on Greece seemed to largely keep a lid on futures. Weekly export inspections for corn were 839,824 tonnes, according to the USDA, compared to 1.041 million tonnes last week. The 6 to 10 weather outlook is calling for below average rainfall and above average temps for much of the Midwest, though parts of Indiana and Ohio appear to have more rain in their forecast. Corn crop ratings, due out this afternoon, are expected to be 1-2% lower the 68% rating last week.
What is your mindset when you wake up in the morning? What about after you’ve had your required amount of coffee? This year’s K-State Beef Conference is an opportunity to learn from industry professionals and academia about adjusting your mindset. This may sound strange for the flagship program hosted by K-State Research and Extension. Instead of focusing on data sets and double-blind studies this year’s program is decidedly focused more between the ears than on the hoof.
It is a truism in the commodity markets that “rain makes grain.” This month, that old adage is bumping up against another equally-valid axiom that “too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” Persistent rains across the Midwest have had the combined effect of degrading the condition of the corn crop and also preventing the planting of the last of soybean crop. Both of these factors are supportive of prices across the entire grain/oilseed complex.
Higher numbers of hogs, cattle and broiler chickens are gobbling up animal feed, eating into supplies that were expected to grow due to the loss of 48 million chickens and turkeys in the worst-ever outbreak of bird flu in U.S. history.