Tag 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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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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Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Healthier?

This Blog was set up to provide information that is not readily available via the mainstream media. It is NOT a debate club. So, if you have rancor and vitriol to spread, please direct it to the original author and/or source.  Meantime, … Continue reading

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Fed Cattle Prices Rally

This type of situation always makes me nervous boys. My advise? Hedge ’em while you can. — jtl Wes Ishmael via Beef Magazine The contra-seasonal price rally enjoyed by those selling calves and feeder cattle in recent weeks finally spread to … 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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Spoiled for Choice: Contemporary Livestock Marketing

Insight and Opinion by Jesse Womack via  RanchNetwork.com Right now, livestock producers have an ever-expanding array of marketing options for their animals.  There are online resources, like ranchnetwork.com, traditional outlets, such as auction barns, direct sale options to order buyers, … Continue reading

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