Stocker Special

Wheat Pasture Demand and Limited Feeder Supplies Support Stocker Prices

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Calf prices in Oklahoma jumped as much as $10/cwt. last week with stronger stocker demand and limited supplies both contributing factors.  Feeder cattle auction volumes in Oklahoma are down 26 percent over the last six weeks compared to last year.  A year ago, fall stocker…

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Nitrate Toxicity After a Drought-Easing Rain

by Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University The summer of 2012 often brought “high pressure domes” that caused 100+ degree days and no rain. The resulting heat stress can cause nitrate accumulation in summer annual forage crops. Producers are very cautious about cutting or grazing the drought-stressed forages and for good reason. However, when the first…

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Wheat pasture production and economic prospects

By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Much of Oklahoma has received significant rain in the past week that is particularly timely for winter wheat pasture prospects.  The rains occurred in some of the driest areas of the state including the south west and south central regions.  However, the northern tier…

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Rain raises wheat pasture prospects for stocker cattle

By Derrel S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Much of the drought-stricken plains received some rain the past ten days, with a broad swath of the state receiving significant rain this past weekend. Recent rain totals vary from less than one inch up to about three inches. Moisture combined with cooler temperatures…

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Deworming, late summer protein supplementation – Results are Additive

Oklahoma State University beef nutritionists studied the effects of deworming and protein supplementation during late-summer on performance of fall-born heifers grazing native warm-season pastures. Native range protein concentration falls below the requirements for growing cattle during summer and fall. Consequently, oilseed based protein supplements have been shown to consistently and efficiently improve performance of stocker…

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