Stocker Special

Backgrounding; A Phase of Growing Calves in Preparation for the Feedlot

By: Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist Backgrounding is a term used to describe a phase of growing calves being prepared for feedlot placement. As compared to wintering programs, backgrounding emphasizes a faster rate of gain, with relatively more grain and less roughage. An example of a typical backgrounding operation would be to feed 400…

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Crop Residue Exchange Updated and Available for Listings

By: Jay Parsons, Nebraska Extension Farm and Ranch Management Specialist, Daren Redfearn, Nebraska Extension Forage and Crop Residue Specialist & Mary Drewnoski, Nebraska Extension Beef Systems Specialist The Crop Residue Exchange continues to link cattle producers to available grazing resources. To date, a majority of the listings have been for available corn residue. Crop producers…

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Management Considerations for Backgrounding Calves

By: Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist Consider a number of factors before retaining calves for backgrounding. Backgrounding is the growing of steers and heifers from weaning until they enter the feedlot for finishing. Backgrounding and Stocker cattle are similar although backgrounding is sometimes associated with a drylot, and stockering cattle is thought of as…

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Why Consider Backgrounding a Calf?

By: Stan Smith, PA, Fairfield County OSU Extension The recent packing house fire in Kansas has the potential to cause a backlog in feedyards that pressures feeder calf prices this fall. Backgrounding calves for later sale is an alternative. Typically, when feed prices go down, we see feeder calf prices begin to climb as a…

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Fall and winter stocker grazing prospects

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist By late August some wheat producers are looking ahead to fall and winter grazing prospects.  Much of Oklahoma has received rain the past two weeks with amounts quite variable in different regions.  It appears that available moisture and favorable soil temperatures will support plans…

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