Stocker Special

A Little Background May Help

By : Justin Sexten, Ph.D., Director, CAB Supply Development   Let’s say you weaned calves last fall but didn’t sell. Instead, you helped them cross the bridge to independent life in your dry lot pen and maybe on to a grazing program. Chances are, those “backgrounded” calves have moved on to a finishing yard or…

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Alliance plans fescue schools to teach replacing toxic grass

Source: Craig Roberts COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ways to replace toxic tall fescue pastures keep improving as renovations move across the Fescue Belt from Missouri to Georgia. Five grazing schools in five states in March will clarify a complex system, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. This started with two schools in Missouri…

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American Hereford Association Releases BOLT Genetic Evaluation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The American Hereford Association (AHA) released the first updated expected progeny differences (EPDs) and corresponding accuracies using the Biometric Open Language Tools (BOLT) genetic evaluation software Dec. 4. The new genetic evaluation also includes two new traits, Sustained Cow Fertility (SCF) and Dry Matter Intake (DMI), and updated profit ($) indexes. “It’s…

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5 Factors to Consider Before Buying Livestock Scales

By : Kevin Hill, content editor and online marketing manager at Quality Scales Unlimited   If you are a farmer or own a farming facility, you would understand the importance of having the right scales and weighing equipment for measuring animal performance. You must have the right livestock scales to weigh the livestock, the feed…

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Who is the stocker cattle industry?

By : Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist   Earlier in 2017, Oklahoma State University, in conjunction with USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), conducted a comprehensive survey of Oklahoma cattle producers.  The primary objective of the survey was to identify stocker producers…

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