By : Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate, Courtesy of extension.sdstate.edu Custom cattle feeding can be a “win-win” strategy when done correctly. Feeding someone else’s cattle provides a method to market feedstuffs without tying up the capital required to own the livestock. Custom feeding arrangements allow cattle owners access to management expertise…Read More
By : Dr. Karl Harborth and Dr. Jason Warner, Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Inc. Feed is the single greatest production cost in cattle operations. Couple this with weaker cattle markets, and margins are slim on the production side of the beef industry. This only increases the need to test feeds for their nutrient content…Read More
By : Leslie Johnson, UNL Animal Manure Management Project Coordinator Have you ever been overwhelmed by the amount of manure regulations in Nebraska? Or anywhere? Let’s make it a little easier to digest. The good news is that Nebraska regulations related to manure do not change very often. In fact, the current regulations have…Read More
Watertown, Wis. [November 4th, 2019] – Measuring the amount of starch in cattle manure is essential to keeping track of efficiency and capturing opportunity cost in any operation. Most of the time, efficiency is measured by the feed to gain ratio, but seldom is the amount feed that passes through cattle to the manure, measured. Fecal starch…Read More
MARKET UPDATE By Paul Dykstra November 6, 2019 Cattle and boxed beef markets have posted significant gains over the past two weeks in a continuation of what has been an impressive recovery since the unsettled markets of August/September. Negotiated fed-steers and heifers last week averaged $113/cwt., up $3.00/cwt. over the week prior on 50,000 head…Read More
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