Archive for 2013

How Deductible is that Holiday Party?

By: Mark Battersby  Although the owners and managers of many feedlot, stocker and cow-calf operations clearly know how to celebrate and show their appreciation to both customers and employees, few are aware that Uncle Sam, in the form of our tax laws, is more than happy to pick up part of the cost. Even fewer…

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To Lease, or Not To Lease

By: Jill J. Dunkel Upcoming scheduled changes in the tax code could make leasing large equipment a more viable option. As the end of 2013 draws near, many feed yards are looking at end-of-year tax planning and analyzing their business plans for 2014. That can include firming up purchase and renovation decisions as well as…

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Worried about hormones?

By: Bruce Treffer, UNL Extension Educator There are a lot of concerns and mixed messages about hormones in beef. There are a few things to keep in mind the next time you hear that beef contains too many hormones.  All multi-cellular organisms contain hormones. That’s true for animals and vegetables, but some meat production systems…

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Cash Cattle Post Higher Prices

Cash cattle markets finally posted higher prices over the last couple of weeks. Feedyard supplies of market ready cattle generally trend lower this time of year and we are seeing that in the showlist the last couple of weeks. Choice box beef in the past couple of years have trended higher into the end of…

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Fall Grazing Prospects

By: Derrell Peel, OSU Livestock Economist Although the USDA Drought Monitor clearly shows some of the nation is still in a drought, the prospects for fall pasture is much better this year than the last few years. This moisture has two impacts: 1) boosting summer forage production of both pastures and hay; and 2) increasing…

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Central City Scale

Weighing livestock on location is simple and convenient with the new Central City Scale 6’ x 12’ Portable Group Animal Scale. This portable scale consists of a wood plank floor and pen sides suspended on 30,000 lb. weigh bars within a portable steel I-beam frame. The fully retractable wheels allow for quick positioning and set…

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Grass & Beef

By: Kris Ringwald, Beef Specialist Grass and beef. Or should one say soil and beef because grass is a product of the soil? The ultimate goal of any cattle operation is to maintain or improve soil quality. Seldom would one see a cow-calf operation that does not involve an extensive outlay of land. This combination…

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A Weighty Issue

By: Loretta Sorensen It’s no secret that hot carcass weights (HCW) have been on an upward trend for the past 40 years, with an overall HCW average that’s 200 pounds more now than in 1960. From 2008 through 2012, Angus-influenced cattle weights increased 34 pounds, to last year’s 846 pound HCW. Just what’s driving the…

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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

By: Terri Queck-Matzie Feedlot margins are disappearing. In some cases, “profit” has become a thing of the past. To stay viable, feedyards are looking to save a buck anywhere they can. And there are savings to be had. Sometimes a reasonable investment can yield substantial results. “The first thing to do is check with your…

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Cow-Calf Webinar Provides 2014 Outlook

The response from cattle producers and beef industry leaders who attended the first Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar in September was overwhelmingly positive, and CattleFax analysts will be hosting its next webinar at 5:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Cattle producers have limited time and opportunity to analyze all of the fundamental data and trends that…

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