Stocker Special

Hide & Seek for Stockers

By: Jill Dunkel Stocker operators and order buyers can see the writing on the wall — tough times ahead. Tough times are not necessarily defined by low prices in this scenario, but more accurately a lack of supply. With the epic drought of 2011, cow numbers are drastically declining upon the heels of one of…

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Stocker options are drying up

By: Terri Queck Matzie Of all the forces playing for and against livestock producers these days, none is as unpredictable, and invincible, as the weather. “I wish the American people could see what we go through to put food on the table,” says Joe Leathers, who heads the cattle division for The Four Sixes Ranch…

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Fenceline weaning reduces stress in already stressfull summer

With much of the High Plains experiencing very hot weather, producers must be very mindful of stressful situations for calves. Weaning anytime is stressful, but weaning during a very hot summer is even more stressful for calves. Therefore any management strategy that can reduce stress to the calves should be utilized. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State…

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DNA based technologies for stocker cattle management

By: Justin Rhinehart Most of the discussion about DNA-based technologies in the cattle industry has been directed at using this tool to supplement EPDs, ultrasound and actual performance data in breeding age animals. Because these tools have evolved to include predictions for a broader scope of traits, there is now an opportunity to use them…

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When prayers aren’t enough

By: Terri Queck Matzie The USDA Drought Monitor forecasts continuing drought conditions for much of the Southern and Southwestern United States. That’s bad news for those in the stocker cattle business who rely on forage as a food source. There isn’t much they can do to bring on the rains and green up pastures. But…

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