URBANA, Ill. – The drought-reduced U.S. corn crop of 2012 created expectations that corn prices would follow a “short crop, long tail” price pattern characterized by a price peak early in the marketing year followed by an unpredictable pattern of declining prices and a return to pre-drought price levels, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. “With a short crop, high prices early in the…Read More
Crossbreeding may fit most producers, but it is not the only logical path, says a leading cattle feeder and an animal scientist. Tom Brink, president of J&F Oklahoma Holdings, says feeding 1.6 million cattle per year at Five Rivers Feedlots has led him to conclude: “Planned crossbreeding is not the problem. Planned straight breeding is not the problem. Breeding cattle without any consistent plan is the…Read More
When you sell your calves at the local auction market, you pay your $1-per-head beef checkoff to invest in maintaining strong demand for your product. But, did you know that when you harvest an animal and sell the beef through a farmers market, online, or to your friends and neighbors, you also need to pay your share of the checkoff, too? Yep, that’s right. Every cattle…Read More
By: Tracy Turner COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the debate about the future of the 2013 Farm Bill continues, an Ohio State University farm policy expert has issued a summary that provides a detailed overview of the debate and examines the farm bill situation from a political, process and content perspective. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the farm bill last week (7/11) that does not…Read More
Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle. "Once cattle are in a severe state of heat stress, you may be too late to help them," cautions Carl Dahlen, a North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. "Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress could pay big dividends in the form of maintained animal performance…Read More
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