Archive for February 2012

At Last: After five years of increasing quality, higher premiums take shape

by Paul Dykstra, Weekly author of Rearview Mirror on Quality for Feed-Lot Enews A year ago cattlemen celebrated as 2010 ended with fed cattle cash prices generally above $100/cwt. Now, feedlot operators say anything lower than $120/cwt. will devastate their breakevens — a 17 percent price increase still falls short of generating profit in today’s…

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Winter management: A look at bedding

Cold spells persist throughout many regions of the country, and February and March are known to blow in some winter storms. There are several aspects of feedyard management that can improve cattle performance in the winter, including wind protection, snow and ice removal, feed intake and others. One management addition for winter feeding can make…

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Pricing high moisture feeds

by Mark Roth M.S. P.A.S. Another harvest has gone into the books. Feedyards have made the transition to new crop corn and sorghum and will likely encounter some with excess moisture. Yards may also be feeding from new pits of silage or haylage. Managers are still receiving pulp and tailings from sugar factories, and there…

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Caring for the little ones

The pros and cons of smaller calves in the feedyards by Terri Queck-Matzie Faced with brown, barren pastures and dried up waterholes, cattle producers in the South are exercising one of the few options at their disposal – placing calves in the feedyard at a very young age. “When forage supplies get tight, it’s a…

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Getting ready for summer feeding

By: James Sprague Even though Mother Nature still says it’s winter outside, now is the time to start planning for summer. Planning ahead, especially for construction or drilling wells is essential if you hope to take advantage of the improvements before the summer heat sets in. Maintenance issues The time to evaluate your water supply…

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Novartis – BRD shield

Novartis Animal Health announces the introduction of BRD Shield™, a new modified-live vaccine (MLV) developed to protect nonpregnant beef and dairy cattle against bovine respiratory disease (BRD) complex. BRD Shield provides broad-spectrum protection against leading viral diseases that contribute to BRD, including bovine virus diarrhea (BVD) Type 1 and Type 2, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR),…

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Novus – Next enhance

Novus International, Inc., announces the release of NEXT ENHANCE®, a source of plant extracts that affects the rumen environment to consistently boost both efficiency and weight gain in beef cattle. NEXT ENHANCE is a source of cinnamaldehyde and garlic oil (containing the active ingredient diallyl disulfide), which have been shown to favorably modify rumen fermentation.…

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Worksaver – Bale spears

Incorporating the Euro/Global style quick attach brackets, the new ELB-330 and ELB-340 Front Loader Bale Spears from Worksaver, Inc. feature triple bolt-in forged spears. These spears are spaced 26½” apart across the lower tube, allowing the operator to handle mid-size or large square bales. Two bales can be handled when the optional uprights are installed.…

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USDA raises projections

By: Luke Schweiterman The USDA cattle on feed report indicated 102 percent on feed (102.5 trade estimate), 98 percent placed (98.8 trade estimate) and 102 percent marketed (100.3 percent trade estimate). The report should be friendly to the cattle market since the major worry seems to be if we can move the beef at these…

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Profiting from losses

By: Mark Battersby It may come as quite a surprise, but many feedlot operators are actually profiting from their losses. That’s right, handled properly those inevitable losses can generate badly-needed funds for any troubled feedlot, stocker or cow-calf operation. Losses come in many shapes and forms. There are those loses that result from natural disasters,…

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