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Angus VNR: The bottom line of beef prices

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Feedlot Focus

Herring to receive FQF honors in August

By: Miranda Reiman

James Herring has witnessed much during 45 years in the cattle business, but he’s been much more than an observer. His leadership roles, foresight and determination to create relationships that benefit all stakeholders—from rancher to consumer—make him a standout among his peers. That’s why Herring is being honored with the Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) 2015 Industry Achievement Award. “He’s given a ...
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Still Battling BRDC?

Even with advancements in treatment for bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC), the impact of the disease remains substantial After years of improvements in both vaccines and antibiotics, losses from bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) still results in more than $900 million each year for the cattle industry.1 “There’s almost no way to prevent exposure to at least one of the numerous pathogens ...
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Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame honors cattlemen

Tenacious. Honorable. Driven. Visionary. These are just some of the adjectives used to describe those who have been successful in the cattle-feeding industry. What makes this industry so demanding and distinguishes it from other vocations? Former Hall of Fame inductee Roy Dinsdale shares one reason, “It’s a challenge every year between Mother Nature and me. Fortunately, we’ve won just a few ...
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Stocker Special

4 reasons preconditioning makes ‘cents’

Shoreview, Minn. – In times of high cattle prices, it’s not uncommon for producers to want to capitalize on prices as quickly as possible. And, it’s no different for this year’s valuable calf crop. Producers are gearing up to cash in on their investment in producing and raising a healthy calf, but there are a few reasons ...
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Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow-calf enterprises.  A 15 year-old OSU trial had the objective to economically evaluate stockpiled bermudagrass.  The research found that this practice can reduce cow-wintering costs.  Forage accumulation during the late summer and fall is variable from year to ...
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Long term management to reduce eye problems in cattle

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

Pinkeye has long been a costly nuisance to cattle producers.  Eye infections sometimes lead to partial or complete blindness in one or both eyes.  Reduced beef production in the form of lowered weight gain, milk production, body condition, and eventually even poorer reproduction can result from eye infections and lesions.  One ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Testing hay can save supplement dollars

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

During a recent drive in Northeast Oklahoma, the abundance of hay in big round bales was quite evident.  Producers are glad to have adequate supplies of hay as fall and winter approaches.  Cattle producers must remember that quantity and quality of hay are independent characteristics of their ...
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Fall-calving season begins ahead of schedule!

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

Each year in August, it is time for an important reminder.  Fall-calving season is here.  In fact, the start of the fall calving season often begins before some producers expect it.  The target date for the beginning of fall calving very often is September 1.  Most printed gestation tables predict that ...
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Fall 2015 cow-calf marketing considerations

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

Feeder cattle prices have bounced off the recent summer lows.  For the week ending August 14, 2015, the Oklahoma seven-market average price of 450-500 pound, Medium/Large, number one steers was $283.81/cwt., up from recent summer lows and $7-$8/cwt higher than this time last year.  The price of 500-550 pound steers ...
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Industry News

Retail beef prices; Cattle on Feed and more USDA data

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

An assortment of new data was released recently.  Choice retail beef prices for July decreased for the second month in a row, dropping ...
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Cattle on Feed — August

by John Michael Riley, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University Markets across the globe are in the midst of a sharp decline. Thus far, 2015 has been a trying year for ...
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Consider Pros, Cons of Alternative Grain Storage Methods

With some of last year’s grain crop still in storage and a bumper crop expected this year, the demand for grain storage is high. “Grain can be stored in many types of facilities,” North Dakota ...
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Company News

Merck Animal Health Announces Rely on REVALOR® Challenge Champion Processing Crew

MADISON, N.J., Aug. 13, 2015 – Merck Animal Health recently announced the winner of its Rely on REVALOR® (trenbolone acetate and estradiol) challenge – a contest that seeks to identify the best implant ...
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Pneu-Dart, Inc. Response to the Recent BQA Advisory Statement Regarding the Use of Pneumatic Darts

Having fully read the BQA advisory statement regarding the use of pneumatic darts, Pneu-Dart, Inc. congratulates the BQA in launching an awareness campaign on better bovine health. Pneu-Dart acknowledges that some of the ...
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Marketing & Management

Storing wet hay could cause barn fire, Purdue specialist warns

By: Darrin Pack

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With parts of the Midwest experiencing wetter-than-normal weather conditions, a Purdue Extension forage specialist is urging farmers to make sure their hay is adequately dried before baling and storage to reduce the risk of barn fires. “With all the rain we’ve been having, some farmers might be tempted to put ...
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Beef News

Why Long-Range Planning?

In today’s global marketplace, every successful cattle producer and importer knows the importance of planning when it comes to succeeding in their businesses. The same value holds true for the producers and importers who volunteer to make decisions about how to invest folks’ hard-earned dollar-per-head investments into the Beef Checkoff Program. Those decisions are not made ...
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