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Pork and beef exports rebound in May; volume and value reach 2019 highs

published: August 7th 2019 source: USMEF

May exports of U.S. pork and beef were steady with last year’s strong volumes and increased year-over-year in value, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)....

First Quarter beef, pork exports below last year’s pace; lamb exports trend higher

published: May 17th 2019

For the first quarter of 2019, U.S. beef exports were slightly below last year’s record pace while pork exports continued to be slowed by trade barriers, according to March data released by USDA and compiled by the U....

Braunvieh releases Residual Feed Intake EPD

published: April 5th 2019

SEGUIN, Texas – The Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) is among the first breed associations to release a multi-breed residual feed intake (RFI) expected progeny difference (EPD). The BAA is the first breed association to collaborate with Grow-Safe Systems® to publish an RFI EPD derived from the GrowSafe network database....

International demand keeps Texas beef prices stable

published: January 22nd 2019 by: Cody Weems source: Texas A&M Animal Science Dept

CAMERON — Though markets aren’t likely to take off in 2019, cattle experts believe an increasing global demand for beef should keep prices steady. Dozens of cattle producers converged on Cameron on Thursday for the 38th annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, where market experts discussed about the state of the industry....

Evolving consumer demands are reshaping dairy supply chains

published: January 21st 2019 source: CoBank

DENVER —Consumer demand for more transparency and a sense of connection to where their food is grown or produced continues to have a significant impact on food supply chains. For the dairy industry, these evolving demand drivers will affect supply chains in different ways....

Know the cull cow grades before you sell

published: October 19th 2018 by: Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Some culling of beef cows occurs in most herds every year at weaning time. The Beef Audits have generally shown that cull cows, bulls, and cull dairy cows make up about 20% of the beef available for consumption in the United States....

Use Your Eyes and Records to Decide Which Cows to Cull

published: October 10th 2018 by: Michelle Arnold, DVM (Ruminant Extension source: Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

  October32018   Bad hooves or claws are an example of structural problems that adversely affect performance. Which cows in your herd are consistently making you money? Every year, the cow-calf producer needs to critically evaluate each animal in the herd and decide if she is paying her upkeep....

Fair ag trade matters to rural America

published: August 14th 2018 by: Zippy Duvall source: American Farm Bureau

August recess is here, and Capitol Hill will soon be deserted as representatives and senators flock back home for the rest of this summer. The end-of-summer recess has historically been an important time for representatives and senators to meet with constituents and hear about the impact of policies and decisions coming out of Washington....

How the new tariffs affect the beef industry

published: August 10th 2018 by: Charley Martinez and David Anderson source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

As the summer comes to an end, beef producers are thinking about breeding, planting, hay cutting, and prepping for the upcoming winter.  A person would have to be on an extremely deserted island to not have heard about tariffs, retaliatory tariffs and trade wars....

Experts advise cattle producers to keep watchful eye on export markets

published: August 9th 2018 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – The impact of U.S. beef exports on calf prices continues to rise as experts advise ranchers to stay abreast of trade developments globally. Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax in Denver, Colorado, told attendees at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station that exports have become an integral part of calf prices and, following the latest trade discussions, are imperative when formulating marketing plans....

Agricultural economists recommend ‘SPA’ for cattle producers

published: July 27th 2018 by: Paul Schattenberg

UVALDE – The Standardized Perfor-mance Analysis, or SPA, program is an indispensable tool for helping beef cattle producers determine the production and financial performance of their individual cow-calf enterprise, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists now in charge of the program....

Producers to gain an inside look at how to price, market calves from a professional cattle buyer

published: June 21st 2018 source: Noble Research Institute

ARDMORE, Okla. — Cattle producers will gain insight into buying and selling calves during a  Calf PRicing and Marketing Strategies Workshop hosted by Noble Research Institute consultants from 9 a....

Cow Culling Picks Up Seasonally

published: June 4th 2018 by: Charley Martinez source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

    Cow culling tends to pick up this time of the year and this year is no exception.  But, a growing drought in the Southern Plains, an expanding beef cow herd, and low milk prices are making the seasonal culling uptick a little more interesting....

NMSU’s ACES High pilot program produces calves for international market

published: January 10th 2018 by: Jane Moorman source: New Mexico State University

  Getting the best price possible at the sale barn is the goal of cattle producers. It can be tricky with the constantly changing market prices. However, a value-added program is a marketing tool that helps producers earn more dollars for their operation’s bottom line....

Value of bull to commercial herd exceeds ‘relative’ value

published: November 3rd 2017 by: Paul Schattenberg

CORPUS CHRISTI – The value of bulls in commercial herds goes beyond the “relative” value typically ascribed to them in market pricing, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert....

Global trade, forage and weed management strategies highlight Cow Country Congress

published: November 3rd 2017 by: Blair Fannin

CROCKETT – Global trade impacts on the beef industry as well as herbicide and forage management strategies were discussed recently at Cow Country Congress at Santa Rosa Ranch near Crockett. The event drew nearly 250 beef cattle producers from East Texas counties who also participated in a bull selection demonstration....

Carcass factors analyzed in National Beef Quality Audit

published: October 20th 2017

Five National Beef Quality Audits have been conducted since 1991. Results of the sixth have been released. Data were collected from 30 federally-inspected fed-cattle beef packing plants in 16 states on 9,106 carcasses....

It’s shipping time: keep calves healthy during the transition

published: October 19th 2017 source: Vitaferm

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Oct. 18, 2017) Shipping cattle causes shrink, appetite loss and often sickness. Taking precautionary steps both prior to shipping and on arrival, can help keep shrink at a minimum while keeping calves healthier and gaining....

Options for marketing this year’s calves

published: September 21st 2017 by: Myriah Johnson, Ph.D.Agricultural Econom source: Noble Research Institute

  Since October 2016, we've seen a 25 percent increase in feeder cattle prices. Before that, it was a 45 percent decline in feeder cattle prices since the high in June 2015. It has been a wild ride to say the least....

Cull cows; a disappointing failure or marketing opportunity

published: September 13th 2017 by: Justin W. Waggoner source: K State

  Most cattle operators view open cows, with some degree of disappointment. However, you might be surprised at the amount of revenue that can be realized from cull cow sales. I recently summarized the Kansas Farm Management data on KS Cow-calf operations from 2010-2015....

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