Did you know… How cattle prices affect steak, burger prices

By Larry Corah, Vice President, Certified Angus Beef LLC If your crystal ball suggested eight years ago we would be selling $1.60 fed cattle and $2.50 calves this year, I bet you would have thought the forecasting equipment had a serious problem. Well, here we are in 2014 selling fed cattle for more than $2,000…

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Texas A&M institute reports new information about land conversion losses in Texas

AUSTIN — Texas experienced a net loss of nearly 1.1 million acres of privately owned farms, ranches and forests from 1997 to 2012, continuing the trend of rural land conversion and fragmentation in Texas, according to Dr. Roel Lopez, director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. “This dramatic loss and fragmentation of…

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Optimal risk and production management with record high cattle prices

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Record high cattle prices leads to new questions about risk and production management. Actually, the questions are the same but the answers may be slightly different. High cattle prices have significantly increased capital requirements for stocker cattle, feeder cattle in feedlots or breeding animals for cow-calf production. The…

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Q&A Drainage: Mounds or Constant Grade?

By: John George, Agricultural Engineering Associates Reader Question: “I am planning some new feedlot pens. Should I design for mounds in the pens or for a constant drainage, grade from the front to the back of the pen?” John George’s Answer: Designing for good pen drainage in wet conditions can utilize either of these approaches.…

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Creating a Culture of Professionalism

By: Don Tyler Some consulting veterinarians say that they can tell how well the animals in a feed yard are taken care of by how clean the employees keep their break room and refrigerators.  To quote one, “If the employees are willing to eat their own food off of dusty, sticky, rarely-cleaned countertops, tables and…

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