Feedlot Focus

Hurt: Drought potential sparks extreme uncertainty in 2013 corn yields, prices

A return to more normal U.S. corn yields in 2013 could send new-crop prices spiraling downward, but persistent drought in some of the nation's top corn-producing states could have the opposite effect, says Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts the midpoint of U.S. farm prices on 2012 corn will…

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NDSU Feedlot School Set for Jan 22-23

North Dakota State University's Carrington Research Extension Center will hold its annual NDSU Feedlot School on Jan. 22-23, 2013. This intensive course is for cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel, animal health-care suppliers and anyone else who is interested in learning more about feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing. "Cattle feeding is a…

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Climate-related emissions from feedyards monitored in AgriLife Research study

 Kay Ledbetter   An accurate estimation of nitrous oxide and methane emissions from beef cattle feedlots is an increasing concern given the current and potential future reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions.  <http://agrilifecdn3.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/IMG_1249.jpg> Dr. Ken Casey, Texas A&M AgriLife Research air quality engineer in Amarillo, takes a sample from a non-flow-through non-steady-state chamber to test…

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Looking down on clean water

By: Terri Queck-Matzie When word of the Environmental Protection Agency conducting fly-overs to spot Clean Water Act violations at livestock production facilities broke this summer, everyone was up in arms. The ostensibly covert maneuver seemed to validate producers’ concerns about over-regulation’s threat to their livelihood. There are truths to the scenario: Compliance with the Clean…

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Injectable minerals as a risk management tool

By: Stephanie L. Hansen & Olivia N. Genther Trace minerals are required for a number of important biological processes that are critical for optimum growth, health, and overall performance of feedlot cattle. Across the United States, copper, zinc, and selenium are the trace minerals that are most commonly lacking in cattle feedstuffs. These minerals are…

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