Feedlot Focus

CAB Insider: Break in corn price spurs cattle rally

by Paul Dykstra, PhD, Certified Angus Beef Last week’s fed cattle market was led by very strong Live Cattle futures. Volatility played the up-and-down trends every day until a huge $3/cwt. uptrend on Friday brought the weekly aggregate increase to $4/cwt. in the nearby October futures contract. We must recognize the influence of managed money (investment funds)…

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Seasonality of Feeder Futures

By : Matthew A. Diersen, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Economics, South Dakota State University Last spring I had the privilege to teach an SDSU course titled “Trading in Agricultural Futures and Options”. An assigned exercise was to propose and evaluate a strategy that could be routinely implemented. Seasonality was a common theme, asking…

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Preparing calves for the feedlot

By Katy Lippolis, ISU Extension cow-calf specialist The transition for calves through weaning and feedlot receiving is a difficult one. Prior to this point, calves often have been living an easy life with their dams who provide them with nutrition and comfort. Our goal should be to make the transition as easy as possible for them and…

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CAB Insider: Record production & market update

MARKET UPDATE by Paul Dykstra, Certified Angus Beef The federally inspected cattle harvest last week was 635K, just under the prior week and in line with seasonal expectations ahead of Labor Day, including a greatly truncated Saturday harvest. Labor Day week, of course, brings on a greatly reduced weekly head count—but look for a big…

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The Silver Bullet to Ensuring Quality Silage

Unfortunately, there is no single product or solution to create high-quality silage. The forages being harvested right now across North America will soon be feedstuffs. The goal of silage is to preserve the quality and nutrients present in those crops at the time of harvest.   “When producers start with good forage and use tried-and-true…

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