Category Archives: cattle feeding

Feedyard vs. cow-calf inventory returns: Who fared best in 2015?

A common error made by many cattle feeders is the belief that they “must” own cattle at all times. NOT. It is prudent to step aside when the numbers call for it. If you can’t place an effective hedge going … Continue reading

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Straight talk on cattle steroids

By Debbie Furber via Canadian Cattlemen Two slices of white bread has 45,000 nanograms of estrogen; a serving of implanted beef has two. Photo: Dr. Reynold Bergen Canada’s Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has collected some interesting stats on the estrogen … Continue reading

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Is There A Biological Top In Feedlot Performance?

By Nevil Speer via Beef The beef industry continues to make consistent strides toward improved productivity and efficiency. Last week’s Industry At A Glance featured discussion around the enduring trend of heavier carcass weights over time. Most notably, a new record was established in … Continue reading

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“PH & C” Producers Could Add 23% More Beef Calves to the U.S. Supply Chain

As you read this, you will realize that Dr. Gary Thrasher is one of those rare and truly “out of the box” thinkers. — jtl By: Gary A. Thrasher D.V.M. While the beef industry has become increasingly efficient, producing more … Continue reading

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Cow-Calf Weekly

Via COW-CALF WEEKLY FOLLOW LAND AND LIVESTOCK INTERNATIONAL ON FACE BOOK! 7 Ranching Operations Competing For Top Stewardship Title Stewardship; By Jamie Purfeerst, BEEF Senior Associate Editor Seven unique cattle operations, all regional honorees recognized for their outstanding efforts in … Continue reading

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Cattle Market Outlook: EPA’s Proposed Ethanol Rollback Complicates Planning

by Nevil Speer via Beef Cow-Calf Weekly EPA won’t make a final ruling on rolling back the renewable fuel standard until spring 2014, which complicates agricultural planning November was a relatively quiet month from a market standpoint. Fed cattle saw … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Reduced Ethanol Requirement

The spittle chins in the District of Criminals wonder aloud why the economy is so stubbornly resisting “recovery.” How can they expect businessmen to expand their businesses when this kind of uncertainty prevails? — jtl, 419 by Wes Ishmael via Beef … Continue reading

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Stockers Offer Tremendous Marketing Flexibility

by Wes Ishmael in Cattle Economics If cattle feeding returns are aided by substantially lower feedstuff costs, calf and yearling prices are forecast to post annual increases throughout 2014. “If ever there was a year for cow-calf producers to wean, precondition and background spring-born calves, … Continue reading

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Cargill Closure Announcement – How Much Can The Industry Afford?

by Troy Marshall in My View From The Country via Beef Magazine What does Cargill’s announcement about the closure of its Lockney, TX, feedyard next summer signify? Cargill announced this week that it plans to close its Lockney, TX, feedyard, located about 45 miles … Continue reading

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Zilmax Ban Raises Questions

Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor OMAHA (DTN) — Sales in the U.S. and Canada of feed additive Zilmax will be temporarily suspended, Merck & Company’s animal health division announced Friday. Most evidence suggests 60% to 80% of the nation’s cattle … Continue reading

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