Archive for October 2011

Withstanding Market Volatility

by Luke Schwieterman, President of Schwieterman Inc. It seems the cattle market lately has been the victim of excess volatility from outside markets. At the time of this article being written, the Dow is down 400 points over worry that Europe’s banking problems may bleed over into the US banking system. Without political leadership, the…

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Repurposing Offers Solutions for the Industry

For ranchers and feedlot owners, creating an environment that is pleasant and simple for both owner and animal can often require creative thinking and a substantial investment. Fortunately, Repurposed Materials Inc. out of Denver, Colorado, is doing some of the creative thinking and now offers some solutions for the industry. This is done by sourcing…

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Are Activist Courting Your Employees?

by Don Tyler Though the cases are somewhat rare at this point in time, extreme animal activist groups are infiltrating livestock operations. In a recent case an employee for “Mercy for Animals,” an “animal rights advocacy” group, got himself hired under false pretenses and admitted to participating in “abusive” behaviors while he was recording the…

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Feeding Tactics After a Drought

by James I. Sprague, Ph.D, Nutritionist After the drought of the summer of 2011, all cattle people, both ranchers and feeders, are searching for ideas to either “hang on” or “bail-out.” The challenge is not only the drought in the South and the Plains of the United States, but also the availability and cost of…

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Energy: How to determine energy level from a commercial feed label

by Paul Davis, Ph.D, Nutritionist While protein is a component of hooves, hide, hair, organs, muscle and several body chemicals, it still seems that as an industry we tend to overemphasize protein and underemphasize energy. Over my career, spanning hundreds of producer meetings, farm visits and thousands of phone calls, I have contemplated the reasons…

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Southern Carcass Improvement Project Update

A survey designed to estimate the value of the Southern Carcass Improvement Project (SCIP) cattle as 60-day weaned feeder calves was recently completed by feedyard managers, stocker producers, and auction market operators. A total of 95 experienced cattle market participants from a dozen states were asked to gauge the value of each of the two…

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Hide and Seek for Stockers

by Jill Dunkel Stocker operators and order buyers can see the writing on the wall — tough times ahead. Tough times are not necessarily defined by low prices in this scenario, but more accurately a lack of supply. With the epic drought of 2011, cow numbers are drastically declining upon the heels of one of…

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Shift in Parasite Population May be Costing You

There’s a new public enemy No. 1 when it comes to internal parasites in cattle and it may be costing you. A new study shows that Cooperia reduces intake and rate of gain. Cooperia has become the most prevalent internal parasite in U.S. cattle operations according to research data from USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring…

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Beef Demand, Quality Up

by Paul Dykstra, Weekly Author of Rearview Mirror on Quality Head counts at federally inspected packing plants (See table) have been running on par with 2010 numbers, which were already three percent larger than 2009, according to USDA. With favorable feeding weather through the winter and spring, fed-cattle carcass weights were above 2010 by nine…

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Study Reports Supplementing Cattle on Forage Doesn’t Compromise Meat Quality

by Loretta Sorenson Kansas State University (KSU) researchers found that beef producers can combine forage with a shortened, high-concentrate finishing feeding period utilizing dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) without compromising carcass or meat quality traits. The study design included supplementation at zero or one percent of body weight with DDGS on a dry matter…

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