The desire to find the juiciest piece of beef, be it a steak or ribs or roast, isn’t limited to just the restaurant and how it is seasoned or cooked. It starts well before that. It begins when the cattle are still alive, still being raised and fed, and how and what they are fed.…Read More
By: Jana Gramkow, Ph.D., Great Plains Livestock Consulting,Inc. Mixing feed is a key quality control point in cattle feeding operations, with the goal being to deliver a consistent ration across the entire bunk every time. Improperly mixed feeds can cause variable cattle performance and intake patterns. Common mixing errors that occur are overloaded mixers, improper…Read More
As the afternoon sun begins to wane, the particulate matter in the air is apparent. A cloud of dust particles hangs over the pens of cattle, from the ground to about 20 feet in the air. The air is stagnant. And the dust is thick. Cattle cough and their eyes water. It’s a time known…Read More
By: Josh Maples, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University A relationship sometimes overlooked but important to the flow of cattle is the difference between the cash and futures price or the basis. For example, at the end of last week, the 5-area weekly weighted average cash price for all…Read More
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