• Retained ownership still pays
  • Safety training retains employees
  • Stockers rise above commodity roots

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Angus VNR: Focus on the Fundamentals

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Feedlot Focus

Springtime Mud Impact and Management

By: Russ Euken, Iowa State University Extension

Earth surface feedlots and springtime in Iowa typically don’t go well together. When temperatures start to warm above freezing and ground begins to thaw, any additional moisture can create mud issues. Of course spring is not the only time mud can be an issue. Any time we have excess moisture from rain and snow, ...
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Independent, Third-Party Feedlot Audits – The Wave of the Future?

By: Jennifer Garreau

A growing number of beef consumers are looking for something more than just flavor and value, they want to know that the beef they are feeding their children is safe, wholesome and humanely raised. In order to meet consumer demands RobEirich, University of Nebraska Extension Educator and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance(BQA) Director believes processors, feedlots and producers should be ...
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Starlings a Costly Problem for Livestock Producers

Starlings can be a major problem for livestock producers in the northern Plains in the winter. “During a year like our last one, when the weather is particularly cold and the ground is snow-covered, these birds are looking for convenient food sources,” North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder says. “Unfortunately, cattle feeding areas provide these sources.” Starlings will eat ...
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Stocker Special

Lameness – Identification and treatment important for public perception

As cattle navigate across pastures or fields, frozen ground or muddy conditions due to winter precipitation can set in motion the opportunity for injury or infections in the foot. Identifying affected cattle, as well as determining the cause and best course of action are essential not only for animal welfare, but also to keep cattle performance on track. In the cattlemen’s ...
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Know The Facts About Pooling Understand the risks with pooling for BVD testing

By: Jill J. Dunkel

As cattlemen choose to test for PI-BVDV, it’s important that best practice protocols are followed to insure the quality of the sample tested. Taking steps to insure samples are preserved appropriately and shipped quickly are all the responsibility of the person submitting the ear notches. And most cattlemen would assume their responsibilities end there. Or do they? Research ...
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Oklahoma October rain = wheat pasture = stocker demand

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

The formula is pretty simple. Winter wheat planting in Oklahoma this fall is ahead of normal pace and the best in several years.  All that is lacking in many cases is a rain to get the wheat up or connect surface moisture with subsoil moisture and keep the wheat growing.  ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Improving the Odds of Successfully Stockpiling Fescue

By: Chris Penrose, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Morgan County

After feeding corn stalks, probably the lowest cost way to feed cattle in the fall and winter is to stockpile forages. Stockpiling means to make the last harvest by clipping or grazing of a hay field or pasture and then let it grow for grazing latter; in this ...
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Grass Tetany Prevention

By: Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County

As pastures and small grain fields begin to green up, and livestock owners make plans to begin early spring grazing passes, keep in mind the risk of grass tetany. Grass tetany is caused by low blood magnesium (Mg) level. Magnesium is one of the macro minerals required by animals and it is involved ...
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BeefTalk: Is Return on Assets Large Enough to Expand the Cow

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

Some events in one’s life become stories because they have an impact on the future. These stories are used to teach and add wisdom to current conversations. Sometimes the discussion may stray, but if the facts are true, the story continues to add wisdom. As I was starting my Extension career, a fellow Extension specialist from Iowa State University was sharing ...
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Feedlot CME Market Links
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Industry News

Beef trade troubles

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

I dislike the term “perfect storm” because it is too frequently used and too casually applied to many situations.  However, it is an ...
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BQA Transportation Symposium Registration Open

Attention all cattle transporters, dairymen, cattle farmers and ranchers: The Cattle Transportation Symposium, funded in part by the beef checkoff, is set for May 14-15 in Fort Collins, Colo. The symposium provides a ...
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Company News

New Faces and New Roles at Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition

PRINCETON, N.J. (March 18, 2015)—Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition has announced several new additions to its leadership, marketing and sales teams, as well as new roles for current team members. Earlier this year, Church ...
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Michelin Introduces Tire Tube Line For Agricultural and Compact Line Equipment

Greenville, S.C. (March 5, 2015) – Michelin North America is introducing a lineup of high-quality tire tubes for agricultural, implement and compact line equipment. Michelin Tubes, designed to fit all tires are made ...
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Marketing & Management

Meat Export Expectations for 2015

By: John D. Anderson, Deputy Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Exports are an important component of demand for all three of the major meat species. According to the most recent data, exports of beef, pork, and chicken amounted to 21 percent, 19 percent, and 11 percent of production, respectively, in 2014. All of these figures ...
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Beef’s Role on the World Wide Stage

By: Terri Queck-Matzie

Global demand for beef is rising, while global supplies have stayed stagnant for nearly seven years. Producers are working to change that, but even their best efforts will take three to five years to take effect. With an 80-million person per year worldwide population increase, “It’s simple economics,” says Global AgriTrends CEO Brett ...
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Beef News

Beef Bites

Here’s a recipe combining two of our favorite things, Beef & Polenta! Give this Tomato beef Casserole with a Polenta Crust a try this weekend!beef polenta casserole Ingredients 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup plain yellow cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided 1 pound ...
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