Ron Williams laughs as he says it, reflecting on a combination of hard work and self-described good fortune that allowed him in the mid-1990s to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a working cattle ranch.
Climate change is likely to impede progress on reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead, according to a scientific assessment released by the USDA on global food security and its implications for the United States. The report, “Climate Change, Global Food Security and the U.
Wheat forage is generally marginal to sufficient in phosphorus and magnesium, high in potassium, and low in calcium. Therefore, calcium is the mineral that most often limits growth in cattle grazing wheat. A 550-pound steer gaining 3 pounds per day has a calcium requirement of 33 grams.
Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs. Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations. Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed.
Beef producers across the country have taken advantage of precision agriculture management practices to more efficiently feed cows. Mechanical technologies are available in the form of large bale slicers, mixers and scales that allow cattlemen to mix rations to perfectly meet the nutrient requirements of the cow herd.
These pleasant December days (after the rain and ice storms of the previous week) could be put to good use in preparation for the spring calving season. Now is a good time to check the pens, calving stalls and the equipment that will be used in February and March.
Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) filed an amicus brief on Dec. 14 in support of the State of Wyoming in its 10th Circuit Court appeal of the District Court decision regarding seven Herd Management Areas (HMAs) administered by the BLM in central and western Wyoming.
I’m sure cattle feeders will be happy to see 2015 come to a close. It was by far the toughest year ever for cattle feeders. Jim Robb at the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) and I were trying to figure out what kind of year cattle feeders had, the LMIC calculated the average loss on fed cattle was $295 per head, and with 23.
Using crop aftermath and late-season dry forage can cut production costs; however, this can result in consequences. Cows need to receive a balanced ration to halt poor performance or even the loss of condition.
For more than a century, ranchers and land managers have fought against the invasion of cheatgrass on their ranges. For most of that time, the weed—noted for reducing forage quality while increasing the frequency and severity of fire—has been winning.
As obesity rates have increased during the past decade, consumers and the nutrition community have continued to ponder this pivotal question: “What should eating right look like?” The answer, in short: Physical activity and eating right are important at all life stages, and the benefits last a lifetime!
Winter pasture (wheat, rye, barley, etc.) can be a valuable asset for many cattle operations. It is often the most cost-effective way to put weight on stocker cattle or condition on developing heifers. I previously have written on winter pasture establishment (find the articles at bit.
The markets continued lower last week, with the cash and futures markets of both live cattle and feeders, as well as wholesale beef, heading downward. By Thursday afternoon over 61,500 head had been confirmed sold on the negotiated market of the week. Live steers traded for $114-117, down from the prior week’s $115- 119.
(EPA’s) promotion of its Clean Water Rule—more popularly called its Waters of the U.S. (WO- TUS) rule—during 2014. The GAO ruled that the EPA engaged in prohibited propaganda and lobbying in a pair of its social media campaigns surrounding promotion of WOTUS.
Repealing mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) could finally be resolved if Congress passes the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, also known as the omnibus spending bill. The bill to fund the government is considered “must pass” legislation and includes more than 2,000 pages of information.
In last week’s coverage of Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-OR2) draft bill to legislate the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UK- BCA), the issue of dam removal came up.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced a new measure that will improve the agency’s ability to determine the source of foodborne illnesses linked to ground beef, stopping foodborne illness outbreaks sooner when they occur.
A late November storm hit parts of central Oklahoma hard with heavy ice accumulations that did significant damage and caused power outages for several days. The hardest hits areas were mostly west of Oklahoma City along the I-40 corridor. The storm created numerous cattle management challenges and disrupted movement of animals to markets.
The contrast between the beginning and end of 2015 is stark. It has been a year of transition as the markets turned the corner from a long run of up-trending prices to the reality that growing cattle inventories and increasing beef production imply lower prices in the future.