Archive for July 2015

Aug. 4 deadline for 10th Feeding Quality Forum

As cattle feeders aim to make the most of premiums for quality, align with market expectations and make ready for industry changes in the wind, they can find insight and answers at an annual forum at two locations on the Great Plains. The 10th annual Feeding Quality Forum is set for the Omaha suburb of…

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Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow-calf enterprises.  A 15 year-old OSU trial had the objective to economically evaluate stockpiled bermudagrass.  The research found that this practice can reduce cow-wintering costs.  Forage accumulation during the late summer and…

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More cattle mid-year

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The July Cattle report confirms that U.S. cattle herd inventories are growing.  The inventory of all cattle and calves on July 1 was 98.4 million head, up 2.2 percent from last year. The 2015 calf crop is estimated at 34.3 million head, up 1.2…

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2015 Southern Plains Beef Symposium

By: Leland McDaniel, Carter County OSU Extension Director and Agriculture Educator Mid-summer is upon us, the Oklahoma heat has set in and, although some will still be baling hay, much of the abundant hay crop is “in the barn”. That means that it is time, once again, for the Southern Plains Beef Symposium. This will…

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Blue-Green algae can threaten livestock

By: Dr. Josh Payne, State Extension Poultry Specialist, Oklahoma State University Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are microscopic organisms that can be found in all types of water including farm ponds. Being photosynthetic, they utilize sunlight to support life. For most of the year, the concentrations are low and the organism is homogenously suspended in the water.…

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Summer meat demand

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Meat prices are higher in the latest retail prices released for the month of June.  The All Fresh retail beef price was $6.114/lb., up $0.059 cents from May and up $0.606/lb. from one year ago.  The June retail pork price was $3.703/lb., up $0.007/lb.…

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Aim higher than low Choice

By: Katy Kemp The USDA Choice/Select spread is a traditional barometer of the payoff for premium beef. In recent years though, that boxed-beef price spread has varied from $15 per hundredweight to barely positive, leading to questions about whether it pays to aim for quality. The answers point to an evolution beyond the line between…

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BeefTalk: Understanding Grazing Systems is Not Easy

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Grazing plans integrate the biology of plants and animals. Grass is the mainstay of a grazing plan, and the subsequent understanding and implementation of grazing can be overwhelming at times. When the discussion widens to not only engage the grass discussion but the animal discussion, as well, the participants have…

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