Archive for November 2015

Beef market in transition

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Total 2015 beef production in the U.S. is expected to decrease about 2.5 percent year over year from 2014 and would be the lowest annual beef production in the U.S since 1993.  However, herd expansion, which began in 2014, is continuing in 2015 and…

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Body condition score at calving is the key to young cow success

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Most areas of Oklahoma have had adequate summer forage to allow pregnant replacement heifers to be in excellent body condition going into late fall and winter.  Now producers are faced with the challenge of maintaining body condition on the replacement heifers through the calving season…

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NCBA and PLC Keep the Pressure on WOTUS

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2015) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council along with 34 state affiliates and stakeholders sent a letter to 11 democrat members of the Senate encouraging Congress to act in a bi-partisan manner to withdraw the EPA and Army Corps’ of Engineers’ “waters of the United States” rule.…

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New Parasite Control Educational Video Available for Producers

Duluth, Ga. – November 2015 – A free online video is now available to help producers access up-to-date information on strategic parasite control and the impact it can have on their operations’ bottom line. The video segment topic, “Resistance,” explains – in simple terms – the cycle of resistance and offers information on the latest…

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As beef prices fall, herd owners should check risk management

COLUMBIA, Mo. – As risk managers, cattle producers lag behind corn growers. That is, if a show of hands by producers means anything. At extension meetings, Scott Brown, University of Missouri economist, asks beef producers if they think cattle prices will continue downward. Most hands shoot up. When he asks if they have locked in…

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Cattlemen Urge Congress to Address Expired Tax Extenders Legislation

(November 16, 2015) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association along with the Public Lands Council and 37 additional agriculture groups sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to take up legislation addressing expired tax extenders. NCBA President Philip Ellis of Chugwater, Wyo., said it is critical to address expired tax provisions for…

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BeefTalk: Good Cattle-working Facilities Should be a High Priority

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Much debate surrounds this question: “How many times should a cow be in a chute?” The answer rests with the objectives of each management structure. Yet, setting aside the concept of survival of the fittest, producers do need to gain access to individual cows at some point. Some producers have…

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Observe bulls during the first portion of the fall breeding season

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist The fall breeding season is about to begin.  Herds that aim for a September 1 first calving date, will turn bulls with the cows in the latter part of November.   Bulls that have been recently added to the bull battery, and bulls that have not…

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