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Comparing beef cow slaughter to 2011

published: September 16th 2022 by: David Anderson source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

A lot has been written about beef cow culling this year due to widespread drought in the Western half of the country and high costs relative to calf prices.  Most of that has focused nationally.  This article focuses on cow slaughter in the Southern Plains....

RGVBIA accepting entries for gain test and heifer development

published: September 16th 2022 source: RGVBIA

The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association (RGVBIA) is now accepting entries for their 25th annual bull gain test and heifer development program.  Deadline to reserve space for cattle is Oct....

Lighter cattle drive increased feedlot placements during July

published: September 2nd 2022 by: Josh Maples source: Mississippi State University

The Aug. 1st  Cattle on Feed report was released on Aug. 19 and showed feedlot inventories declined seasonally but remained above year-ago levels. Drought continues to play a key role in the movement of cattle into feedlots this summer....

Managing earlier weaned calves

published: September 2nd 2022 by: Warren Rusche source: Igrow

Weaning calves at an earlier-than-normal age (< 180 days of age) is a proven strategy to reduce grass demands by 25% or more during drought conditions. The challenge with implementing this strategy is that someone (either the origin ranch or a feeder/backgrounder) needs to take on the challenge of managing 4-to-6-month-old calves....

Keep an eye out for algae overgrowth in ponds

published: August 5th 2022 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Most ponds are green thanks to algae that forms on the water, but just like anything else, too much algae can be a bad thing. Algae is a normal occurrence in ponds unless it becomes too thick. That’s when pond owners are in danger of the most common fish kill scenario — algal die off....

Drought pressing U.S. cattle inventory numbers to lowest levels since 2015

published: August 5th 2022 source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

   The United States’ cattle inventory has shrunk to its lowest numbers since 2015 thanks to the drought sprawling across the country.     James Mitchell, extension livestock economist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said total cattle inventories stood at 98....

Keep an eye out for algae overgrowth in ponds

published: August 5th 2022 by: Alisa Boswell-Gore source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Most ponds are green thanks to algae that forms on the water, but just like anything else, too much algae can be a bad thing. Algae is a normal occurrence in ponds unless it becomes too thick. That’s when pond owners are in danger of the most common fish kill scenario — algal die off....

OSU virtual fencing research advancing with $1.4 million USDA grant

published: August 5th 2022 by: Alisa Boswell-Gore source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Oklahoma State University researchers are taking their research on virtual fencing technology to the next level this fall thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service....

The heat is on and the algae loves it

published: July 22nd 2022 by: Richard Purdin source: Ohio State University Extension

When livestock have clean fresh water to always drink, they will better consume feed and forage and absorb it nutrients more efficiently. More adequate water consumptions can equate to better rate of gain, increased fertility and reproductive performance, increased milk production and weaning weights, and much more benefits....

Keep cattle hydrated and healthy

published: July 22nd 2022 source: Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

With most of the state currently experiencing drought conditions, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, is encouraging cattle producers to be vigilant. Water deprivation To mitigate cattle losses due to water deprivation, ensure they have access to clean and plentiful water sources....

Report shows impact of higher crop, input prices

published: June 10th 2022 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

  A report by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, AFPC, at Texas A&M University titled “Economic Impact of Higher Crop and Input Prices on AFPC’s Representative Crop Farms”provides insights into the economic impacts of higher crop and major input prices on the center’s  64 representative crop farms....

Pasture-weaned calves put weight back on faster, study shows

published: April 8th 2022 by: John Lovett source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Recent Agricultural Experiment Station research shows that ranchers may be able to mitigate stress in weaned calves and improve the bottom line.  Results from the first year of this three-year study showed calves regained more weight the first 21 days of weaning in a pasture, either with or without physical contact of their mothers, compared to a “drylot” used for beefing up livestock with feed troughs....

Biosecurity survey to benefit cow-calf production

published: January 13th 2022 by: Alisa Boswell-Gore source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

A survey to be administered by Oklahoma State University researchers has the potential to improve production within the cow-calf industry. In a joint effort with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, OSU faculty and Extension specialists will distribute a survey to learn about the biosecurity practices of cow-calf producers....

Beef cattle slaughter in the southeast

published: December 1st 2021 by: Josh Maples source: Mississippi State University Department of Ag Economics

Beef cow slaughter has been higher than year-ago levels for most weeks in 2021. Year to date, national beef cow slaughter (chart below) is up 10 percent over the same period of 2020. That 10 percent increase translates to an additional 6,000 head weekly average....

Grass to Grid program helps cow-calf operations access feedlot benefits, data

published: November 15th 2021 by: Ryan McGeeney source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is offering Arkansas cattle producers — particularly those running smaller cow-calf operations — the opportunity to gain insight into herd genetics through participation in large finishing operations....

September Cattle On Feed report summary

published: October 1st 2021 by: Kenny Burdine source: University of Kentucky Extension

The September Cattle on Feed report was released on Friday afternoon, September 24th. Monthly Cattle on Feed reports provide an estimate of cattle inventory in feedlots with one-time capacity over 1,000 head....

Disaster assistance information provided

published: September 23rd 2021 source: Alabama Extension

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Natural disasters can devastate farm families’ livelihood, wreaking havoc on farm infrastructure, destroying crops and killing livestock. An economist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said the most significant threats come from hurricanes and their aftereffects....

Farm finance and budgeting resources available

published: July 8th 2021 by: Brian Brus source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

The economic turmoil in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has left a lot of small agricultural business operators asking difficult questions about managing their finances. “Farm business margins have always been tight, and now there are a lot of things in flux, even more than usual,” said Courtney Bir, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Oklahoma State University Extension specialist....

Implants equate to efficiency in stocker cattle

published: June 22nd 2021 by: Connor Biehler, Nebraska Extension Educa source: University of Nebraska – Lincoln

This spring as the grass continues to green up yearling cattle will find their way to the pastures of the great plains for summer grazing. Cattle are stocked on grass pasture this time of year due to its additional nutritive quality that equates to gains, relative to dormant pastures, prior to entering the feedlot....

Winter Storm Uri’s impact on livestock agriculture in Texas

published: March 15th 2021 by: David P. Anderson source: Texas AgriLife Today

Economic impacts of winter storm Uri are still being pulled together.  It appears that cattle death losses in feedyards and dairies were light.  It helped that the storm front did not drop a lot of moisture ahead of the cold....

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