Feedlot Focus

Turning Manure into Money

by Greg Ehm Managing manure in ways that maximizes its benefits while protecting water resources has long been a challenge for feedlot operations. But a Texas-based compost company is helping change this with a cost-effective solution that is helping feedlot operators address the bulk of their manure management concerns. Jack Moreman, a former feedlot operator…

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Is Your Feedlot Winter Ready?

by Brittany Martindale In the upcoming winter months many cattlemen will need to reevaluate their facilities and land management practices to produce productive cattle. From December 2011 to February 2012 the average U.S. temperature was 36.8 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Climatic Data Center. With the decrease in temperatures, animals’ response to severe cold…

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The Sleeping Giant of Excess Capacity

by Jill Dunkel The issues facing feedlots today is considerably different than those of two years ago. Just last year, cattle were flowing into feedyards. People across the south, especially Texas, were looking for anywhere to go with their cattle. A historic drought had driven cows out of the area, forced ranchers to wean calves…

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Check Stored Grain

A warm spell in January is a good time to check stored grain. "Search for small changes that are indicators of potential problems," advises Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer. "The early 2012 harvest and warm fall increase the likelihood of storage problems." The value of the grain stored in a…

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Feedlot Efficiency versus Beef Industry Efficiency

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Increased demand for corn has increased corn prices which causes changes in both supply and demand to restore corn market balance. On the one hand, high corn prices stimulate increased corn supply by bidding more resources into corn production. This leads to many impacts in…

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