Feedlot Focus

Wide spread change

By: Paul Dykstra The price spread between Choice and Select has been lackluster since 2008, but that’s not all bad, considering the dynamic change it sparked. Retail and foodservice companies began to see they could offer higher quality beef at a competitive price. As a result, price-sensitive meat case managers and chefs have been more…

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Beef Demand, Quality Up

by Paul Dykstra, Weekly Author of Rearview Mirror on Quality Head counts at federally inspected packing plants (See table) have been running on par with 2010 numbers, which were already three percent larger than 2009, according to USDA. With favorable feeding weather through the winter and spring, fed-cattle carcass weights were above 2010 by nine…

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Study Reports Supplementing Cattle on Forage Doesn’t Compromise Meat Quality

by Loretta Sorenson Kansas State University (KSU) researchers found that beef producers can combine forage with a shortened, high-concentrate finishing feeding period utilizing dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) without compromising carcass or meat quality traits. The study design included supplementation at zero or one percent of body weight with DDGS on a dry matter…

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Environment, Performance and the Mono-Slope Barn

by Terri Queck-Matzie For years, NCBA and other livestock organizations have used science to recommend or defend environmental practices of the cattle feeding industry. A new research project, the Tri-State Air Quality Project is using science to monitor confined animal feeding operations’s affect on air quality. The centerpiece of the effort is a research project…

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Feeding tactics after a drought

By: James I. Sprague After the drought of the summer of 2011, all cattle people, both ranchers and feeders, are searching for ideas to either “hang on” or “bail-out.” The challenge is not only the drought in the South and the Plains of the United States, but also the availability and cost of feed plus…

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