Feedlot Focus

Q&A: Crafting an Effective Implant Strategy at the Feedlot

Nutritionist offers advice for simplifying an often complex decision-making process    An aggressive implant program helps pack on pounds and increase profit at the feedlot. But when developing an implant strategy, where do producers begin? To answer some of the tough questions — such as how to make the best implant choice — we sat…

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Feedlots place more and lighter cattle

By : Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist   The latest Cattle on Feed report showed a September 1 feedlot inventory of 11.125 million head, a record for the month since the current data series began in 1996.  The September 1 inventory was 105.9 percent of one year ago.  A twelve…

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20th Annual Dakota Feeder Calf Show/Feedout Set

The 20th annual Dakota Feeder Calf Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, in Turtle Lake, N.D.Cattle will be accepted at the Turtle Lake weighing station before 10 a.m. on the day of the show and exhibited as groups of three or four head. Producers exhibiting calves at the show then have the option to…

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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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