Feedlot Focus

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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Corn Prices and the Ethanol Mandate

by Lauren Caggiano Livestock farmers and ranchers are seeking a level playing field when it comes to competing with the ethanol industry. According to a statement from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), on July 20, 2012, a coalition of meat and poultry organizations asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the federal…

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Drought Driven Changes in Feedlot Cost of Gain and Feeder Cattle Prices

by Dr. Dillon Feuz, Utah State University How can feeder cattle prices decline more than $20 per cwt. in five weeks when fed cattle prices remained unchanged? Answer: when projected feedlot costs per cwt. of gain increase more than $25 during that same time period. The worst drought to hit much of the US in…

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Methane Digester Recycles Manure for Ontario Feedlot

by Alisa Raty Over the past few years, the use of methane digesters has grown in agriculture, although few have taken advantage of it. According to the USDA’s 2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey (OREPS), out of the 8,569 farms that produce renewable energy in the United States, 121 reported owning and operating 141 methane…

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Field Day for Ventilation Management & Air Quality for Livestock Systems

University of Illinois Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) will host a “Ventilation and Air Quality for Livestock Systems Field Day” on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. The field day runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will take place at the Agricultural Engineering Farm, located south of the U of…

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