Feedlot Focus

SDSU Extension Offers Feedlot Shortcourse, BQA Transportation Training Opportunities

Courtesy of: SDSU Extension – 7/16/19 BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension is offering an opportunity for cattle feeders to sharpen their management skills and improve their profit potential by participating in the 2019 Feedlot Shortcourse. During the shortcourse, a training will also be offered for participants to obtain Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) certification. The…

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In the Cattle Markets

By: Brenda Boetel, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin – River Falls Corn Price Impact on Feeder Cattle Prices Feeder cattle prices are determined by several factors, with feed price and fed-cattle price having the greatest impact. The corn price has typically had an inverse relationship to both fed and feeder cattle prices.…

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Precautions recommended to avoid potential heat stress in cattle

By: Dr. Kelly Bruns, Nebraska Extension The July weather pattern is posing challenges for feedlot operators and cattle producers. Above- average rain fall across the state has created greater humidity and deteriorated pen conditions. The forecast calls for above-average temperatures, creating heat indexes that will reach critical heat stress emergency. When the forecast also includes…

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Minimizing Heat Stress in Feedlots

By: Ki Fanning, Ph.D. and Jana Gramkow, Ph.D. With one of the coldest winters in years past us, it is hard to believe it is the time of year to think about heat stress. Cattle have an ideal temperature range, their thermoneutral zone, where they have their lowest maintenance energy requirement. Research reported this range…

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Grow Yards Projected to Take Active Role for Feeders to Increase Profitability

By: Terri Queck-Matzie Grow yards may be taking on an enhanced role in the cattle feeding chain, according to Don Close, senior animal protein analyst for Rabobank – North America. In a Rabobank report issued in January, Close outlines the changes in the industry that are leading feeders to make better use of grow yards…

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