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Feedlot Focus

Did You Know…

By: Larry Corah, for Certified Angus Beef LLC     It’s hard to imagine that just two years ago the fed cattle market hit $1.60/lb. and weaned calves were bringing $2.50 or higher. Everyone was predicting the cattle business was going to stay profitable for years, especially for the cow-calf sector. Today’s reality has fed cattle…

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What Does EPA Say About Getting Rid of An Unnecessary CAFO Permit?

By: John George, P.E., Ag Engineering Associates In the last issue of FEED-LOT, I discussed the lack of a process or procedure for canceling a CAFO permit. In that article, I mentioned I had not received an answer from the EPA, despite contacting them over three months ago. Since I had not received a response,…

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Stocker Special

Deadline for Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance sign-up Nov. 15

Over the years, Texas ranchers and landowners have learned that growing grass for cattle is a risky business. Not so much dangerous, but very dependent on the weather. For that reason, DeDe Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service risk management specialist in Amarillo, said producers need to consider the perennial Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance,…

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Feeding RFCs For Healthier Calves

By: Heather Smith Thomas Producers often look for ways to improve calf health so young animals can withstand challenges to their immune systems. One such way that is gaining in popularity in the dairy industry and is also applicable to beef cattle is the use of refined functional carbohydrates, says Dr. Jeff Weyers, Stephenville, Texas,…

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Cow / Calf Corner

How Many Heifers to Keep?

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Each year commercial cow/calf operations must decide how many replacement heifers are grown out to be put in the breeding pasture.  Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon factors that directly affect their bottom-line.  Stocking rates may have changed over time due…

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“Scours” Vaccine – Give it Now for Protection in the Spring

By: Michelle Arnold, DVM (Ruminant Extension Veterinarian, UKVDL) A scours outbreak in baby calves on a cow/calf operation can be a nightmare in real life. Ask any producer who has been through this ordeal and he/she will tell you it made them want to quit the cattle business. Once the outbreak begins, it spreads quickly throughout…

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Beef 101

December 7 - December 9
Fri 09

Buying Bulls By The Numbers Workshop

December 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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High Plains Ag Conference set Dec. 9 in Lubbock

December 9 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Ranching 101 – Production Record Keeping

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Industry News

Cattle Markets Wrap Up 2016

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The transition to bigger beef supplies (and psychologically to the idea of bigger supplies) that began impacting cattle markets in 2015 continued in 2016.  Markets adjusted down, including a brutal, fear-driven crash in markets in the third quarter, followed by a significant rally in the…

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Beef Cold Storage Myths and Realities

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Considerable ado has been made about large beef cold storage totals for the past year. This has resulted in questions, concerns and confusion among cattle producers and others about the implications of large cold storage holdings. I have gotten numerous questions about “huge supplies…

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Feedlots Chew Through Cattle Supplies

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Feedlots continued a strong marketing pace in October with marketings up 4.6 percent year over year, despite one less business day in the month.  October placements followed the September monthly decrease with another 5 percent reduction in placements year over year.  The combination of large…

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Company News

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and Bayer Enter Into Agreement for Purchase of U.S. Cydectin® Product Portfolio

Shawnee, Kan. (December 7, 2016) – Bayer and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) today announced that they have signed an agreement under which, on completion of the transaction, Bayer would acquire BIVI’s CYDECTIN bovine and ovine endectocide products in the U.S. Once completed, the deal would include the transfer of CYDECTIN Pour-On, CYDECTIN Injectable and…

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Pancosma press release

With the goal of accelerating its development in China, Pancosma becomes the majority shareholder of Jangsu Keybio Biology Technology Co. Ltd, a Chinese company producing additives. Pancosma and Keybio: a durable partnership serving a shared objective for growth Pancosma announces the acquisition of an 80% majority shareholding in Jangsu Keybio Biology Technology Co Ltd, a…

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Marketing & Management

Using Layers of Data

By: Don Tyler When GPS data collection became popular in grain production several years ago, we began to hear the term “layers of data” used to describe the abundance of information that needed to be analyzed to make the best agronomic decisions for any given field. Those layers include soil type, yield history, fertilization records,…

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Beef News

Beef Bites

Looking for something quick and easy to whip up this weekend? Give this One-Pot Sloppy Joe Noodle Skillet a try! Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (or ground turkey) 2 – 15 ounce cans…

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