For Troy Ellis, winter feeding is all about holding the line on body condition and making sure cows and heifers are in good shape for a round of AI work by mid- November. But this year, it's looking to be a more expensive proposition.
Last week, nearly 170 pregnant cows and heifers boarded a Boeing 747 in Fargo, ND, destined for the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan. They were the second of 12 such loads, scheduled between now and mid-December, designed to bolster the former Soviet nations ailing beef industry.
In August, activity along the Ruby natural gas pipeline route rumbled to life within hours of the project's final approval. Across Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming, a daily cavalcade of pickups now lines the right-of-way along the pipeline. Work crews swarm like ants, blasting, digging, and furiously laying pipe.
Fed cattle prices took a big leap higher last week as packers came to the table on Wednesday paying $101-102.50 for live cattle, prices which were $4-5 higher than the previous week. Dressed cattle sales came in $7-8 higher than the previous week at $158-160.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board last week passed a vote on proposed civil penalty rules that will be used to enforce newly created livestock care standards. The civil penalty rules provide guidance for major and minor livestock care standard violations, and the civil penalties apply to each set of livestock care standards the board creates.
Cow/calf producers and backgrounders who can hold onto animals a little longer and add forage-based pounds should be in a sweet spot to sell going into 2011. Corn prices, spurred ahead by lower-than-expected production and a drop in carryout, will now encourage feeders to opt for heavier animals than they may have wanted just a month ago.
August was a solid month for both U.S. beef and pork exports as both easily outpaced the results of August 2009 and increased their gains over the cumulative totals from the first eight months of 2009.
More than 60 people including state officials and community memberscame out to support the groundbreaking Sept. 28 of New Mexico State Universitys (NMSU) Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability near Corona.
If youve decided to sell your calves, you need to determine how to maximize your return on what youve already invested. You may have already determined that selling immediately following weaning through conventional market channels is best for you. However, there are alternatives to selling your calves as a commodity.
The cattle industry continues to adjust to high feed prices not only from the last three years, but also from the most recent increases in corn, distillers, and soybean meal costs. The longer-term adjustments continue to play out in the reduction of cow numbers.
Formerly part of Westchester Group, Inc., Westchester Auctions LLC and Westchester Real Estate, Inc. will now be known as Murray Wise Associates LLC to reflect a change in ownership. In addition, Westchester Capital Advisors LLC will be renamed Murray Wise Capital LLC, which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray Wise Associates.
The panel discussion, part of a CME Group Inc. conference on global financial leadership in Naples, FL, comes as the debate over food versus fuel returns. The issue had been dormant for much of the past two years, but heated up again in recent weeks as corn prices reached two-year highs.
USDA last week announced $30,000 in funding for the Colorado Cattlemens Association (CCA) to enhance its Young Producer Programs, which train beginning ranchers to help them gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in todays highly diverse agricultural industry.
Agricultural education continues to enjoy rising student enrollment in California high schools, but faced with shrinking budgets, many school districts are struggling to accommodate this growth and, in some cases, scaling back key components of their agricultural programs.
The beef checkoff continues to encourage beef and dairy producers to be proactive when it comes to Beef Quality Assurance (BQA): learning about best practices and how to utilize them to help produce safe, wholesome beef for consumers.
USDA caused a spike in corn prices last week when they caught the market off-guard with a big drop in the expected 2010 corn harvest. The surprise caused a spike in corn prices last week to levels nearing the $6 per bushel mark, the highest prices seen since