Stocker Special

Planning for winter stocker management

By: James Sprague Stockers back to grass Here are a few ideas that come to mind after watching cattle operators over the years. With the high price of winter feed ingredients this fall, the feeding program for stocker cattle, that is cattle that will go back to grass next spring, present critical management decisions. Feeding…

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Hide and 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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Shift in Parasite Population May be Costing You

There’s a new public enemy No. 1 when it comes to internal parasites in cattle and it may be costing you. A new study shows that Cooperia reduces intake and rate of gain. Cooperia has become the most prevalent internal parasite in U.S. cattle operations according to research data from USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring…

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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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