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by WLJ
2015 May 15
Some trends in the cattle industry we can predict but others surprise us—like the magnitude of the upswing in cattle prices over the past few years. But when grain prices slumped in 2014 and cattle prices headed still higher, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that we starting adding days on feed (DOF) to feedlot cattle.


2015 May 8
Cash fed cattle trade developed slowly last week, though by Thursday afternoon prices paid for the slightly over 7,000 head that had been confirmed sold through the week were steady with the prior week. Live steers traded for $160, while dressed steers sold at $255.
2015 May 8
Unusual market conditions lead to unusual incentives that result in unusual market behavior. This makes markets unusually difficult to figure out. There is considerable variability in views across the industry about the current and coming fed cattle market for the remainder of 2015.
2015 May 8
The month of May is traditionally the time when “spring round-ups” take place. This is the time that large and small cow/calf operations schedule the “working” of the calves. As the majority of the calves reach their second month of life, it is time to castrate the male calves and immunize all of the calves to protect them against blackleg.
2015 May 8
This spring may have provided the perfect weather for calving, however the lack of moisture out on the range has cattle producers worried about forage production this growing season, explained Pete Bauman, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Range Field Specialist.
2015 May 8
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF- WS), together with the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, released their final rule amending some definitions related to incidental take of endangered and threatened species.
by DTN
2015 May 8
The questions are often the same. Does it make sense to give my land to the kids now before it becomes my estate? Or perhaps I should sell some of it during my lifetime? Or is it better to just let them inherit the land? I’ve heard these questions for years, but with our constantly changing tax system, the answers might now be different.
by DTN
2015 May 8
The study has been released shortly before the World Trade Organization (WTO) is expected to release a final ruling in a case that Canada and Mexico brought against the U.S. over COOL, charging that the labeling regime discriminates against Mexican and Canadian livestock and meat.
2015 May 8
Nichols has always believed in the power of science and the use of objective data with the philosophy that to improve it, you must be able to measure it. Of course what data is economically important will vary by operation, but it is necessary to set base lines for production and goals for where you want to go.
2015 May 8
Agricultural producers often experience feelings of uncertainty that are sourced in many day-to-day issues. The biggest uncertainty is the weather. Those operations that push the limit for production will experience greater uncertainty than those that target production to the long-term average.
2015 May 8
Wolves are a predatory creature with primary food sources being large-hoofed mammals like elk, deer and, as ranchers see too often, cattle. The reintroduction of Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico is of concern to ranchers as the pack numbers continue to increase and the accepted range is expanded.
by WLJ
2015 May 8
Although pork exports were down from the large totals recorded in March 2014, export volume was the largest in 11 months at 191,041 mt. This was 9 percent lower than a year ago, but a 10 percent increase from February. Export value of $495.3 million was down 18 percent year-over-year, but up 5 percent from February.
by WLJ
2015 May 8
The grazing season is most commonly thought of as grazing during a period of time while the base forage is actively growing. This works great for producers who are seasonal in nature, such as stocker operators who grow winter annual pasture then completely utilize the pasture with stocker calves.




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