Industry News

Tell how and why beef is better

By: Miranda Reiman Technology, with a dose of explanation, is just what the expert ordered. As a meat scientist for Zoetis, Brad Morgan sees a lot of industry innovations first hand. Interacting with the public, including fellow employees at the animal health company and his own family, he sees the need for education. In the most recent National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) nearly every segment—from feeders…

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Cold Snap May Have Nipped Kansas Sorghum, Soybeans More than Corn

By: Mary Lou Peter MANHATTAN, Kan. – From time to time over the past few months it seemed like fall was trying to crowd out summer, and now it’s a little more serious. The latest cold snap may have been enough to impact grain filling and test weight for Kansas’ summer row crops, especially sorghum and soybeans, according to a Kansas State University agronomist.    …

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BeefTalk: Cow Herd Expansion Needs Land

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Why not more cows? That is a good question because the beef industry is begging for cows. To do that, the cow-calf producer needs more cows to expand, the feedlot producer needs more calves and purveyors need product. Do I keep more cows? That is a difficult question producers must answer. Just how many more is not an easy number to…

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Keeping an Eye on Ukraine, Other Black Sea Countries’ Wheat Markets

By: Mary Lou Peter MANHATTAN, Kan. – The growing importance of wheat production from Black Sea-area countries Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan on the world market has Daniel O’Brien keeping a close watch on geopolitical events there – and he’s encouraging U.S. wheat producers to do the same. Wheat and feed grain exports from those three countries have been growing since the mid-1990s, said O’Brien, an agricultural…

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Feeder cattle prices push counter-seasonally higher

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Cash prices for most classes of feeder cattle pushed higher last week in Oklahoma and other markets. Both calf and feeder prices advanced counter-seasonally with feeder prices reaching new record levels at several weights.  700-800 pound steer prices typically decrease by an average of 1.1 percent from the July seasonal peak to September.  In contrast, 700-800…

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