Archive for January 2013

‘Connect the dots’ for cattle profit

By Miranda Reiman Childhood dot-to-dots are simple and straightforward with an easy plan for getting from the starting point to the end and complete picture. In the beef industry, connecting those dots among segments is not always so clear. “As input costs have spiraled, cow-calf producers continue looking for ways to add value to their…

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K-State to Host 100th Annual Cattlemen’s Day March 1

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University’s Cattlemen’s Day always has numerous events associated with it, but this year’s 100th Annual Cattlemen’s Day on March 1 will be special in several ways.   “We’re kicking off the Henry C. Gardiner Lectureship with inaugural speaker Steve Hunt of U.S. Premium Beef,” said Ken Odde, head of K-State’s…

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East Texas livestock and pasture management school now accepting students

Three-day school designed for novices and experts alike Working cow dogs will be one of the more entertaining presentations at the livestock and pasture management school.  OVERTON – Even though parts of Texas have had relief from the drought, grain and fertilizer prices remain high, which makes efficient pasture management as critical as ever to…

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Deadline Extended for K-State Risk-Assessed Agriculture Marketing Workshops

HAYS, Kan. – For anyone who finds crop insurance confusing and marketing their grain overwhelming – K-State Research and Extension has a workshop for you. Three Risk-Assessed Marketing (RAM) Workshops during February will address these issues – two of which will present basic information and one that is more advanced. Two of the workshops will…

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Meat prices expected to rise due to higher feed costs, lower herd numbers

COLUMBIA, Mo.– Cattle prices are expected to set new records in 2013 while hog prices are expected to have their second highest year ever. High feed costs have led to lower numbers of animals, which University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist Ron Plain says is why meat prices will be going up. “The U.S. meat…

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In The Cattle Markets

By: Tim Petry, Livestock Economist Lower Cattle on Feed Numbers USDA-NASS released the February Cattle on Feed report on Friday, Feb. 22. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on Feb. 1, 2013. The total was 738,000 head or about…

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BeefTalk: Buy Bulls Based on Data Not Pictures

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist There certainly is no shortage of bull pictures. Have you ever wondered just how many bull pictures can be printed in one magazine? A lot, and despite the added color and enhanced graphics, bulls still look like bulls. Yes, there are some subtle differences. To the trained eye, those differences…

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Ag Conference to Focus on Success in Changing World

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Women involved in farming, ranching and agribusiness are encouraged to attend the 2013 edition of Women Managing the Farm Conference Feb. 7-8. The conference will be held in Manhattan, Kan., at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center. Previous locations have been in Wichita and Hutchinson. Moving the conference to the university…

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Early focus on the prospective size of the 2013 U.S. corn crop

The drought-reduced U.S. corn crop of 2012 suggested that corn prices might behave in a pattern generally described as “short crops have long tails,” said a University of Illinois agricultural economist. “This phrase depicts the expectation of rapidly rising prices that peak near harvest time, decline in an unspecified pattern over the next several months,…

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Record Cattle Prices With Continued Volatility Possible

For the third year (2010-2012), prices for all market classes of beef cattle set record annual highs in the U.S. Are record highs possible again in 2013 and even 2014? The short answer to that is "yes." However, remember that prices for each market class of cattle have different seasonal patterns, so at times 2013…

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