Feedlot Focus

Fewer cattle, more pressure

Getting cattle bought right. That’s normally a feeder’s first challenge, but today it’s just plain getting cattle. “The total size of the cattle industry has been shrinking, and shrinking rather abruptly for the last couple of years,” said Mike Sands, Informa Economics vice president. The nation’s cowherd was at 90.8 million head to start 2012…

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Exactly what feedyards want

Grid, pen closeouts show contrasting values Some cattle grow like weeds; some hit the high-grade targets. Some do both, some neither. That’s the way it goes in the world of commodity cattle. But cattle can be so much more, adding profit throughout the supply chain. “Cattle that grow fast and grade well create exceptional value…

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Riding the Elevated Numbers

by Jill J. Dunkel Although fed cattle prices have rebounded a bit from earlier in the year, Kevin Good of Cattle-Fax says input costs remain high, a trend he doesn’t expect to change. “Maybe we can say it’s starting to stabilize, but at very elevated levels,” he says. “That’s the concern at the feedlot level.…

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Manure Management Field Days for Small Beef Feedlot Operators

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting two Iowa manure management and runoff control demonstration field days at the end of October. The purpose of these field days is to review low-cost options for managing runoff water and manure from small to medium size beef and dairy feedlot operations. Recent compliance…

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Cattle Feeder Hall of Fame Inductees, Honorees

Four individuals who have championed for beef and inspired others to do the same were honored during the annual Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame induction banquet, Aug. 1, in Denver, Colo. The late Robert “Bob” Rebholtz, Sr., and the late Willard R. Sparks were inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, a distinguished program…

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