Feedlot Focus

CAB Insider — Tyson fire and market update

MARKET UPDATE By Paul Dykstra August 14, 2019 Last week’s fed cattle market now seems as dated as the May corn planting progress report, because the beef industry is coping with the fallout from the Tyson Fresh Meats fire at the Holcomb, Kansas, facility over the weekend. We must all take a step back and…

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Forward Contracting Activity

By: Matthew Diersen, Risk & Business Management Specialist, Ness School of Management & Economics, South Dakota State University Seasonally, mid-summer is a relatively quiet time at most feeder cattle auctions. An exception are video and satellite sales, which often include feeder cattle for later delivery. In recent years sales volumes during July and August have…

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BQA: One Year Later

Garth Ruff, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension, Henry County (originally published in The Ohio Cattleman summer issue) Early last year I wrote an article titled Understanding Customer Relations in a Changing Beef Industry, which examined the factors that drove the demand for cattle producers to complete Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)…

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Learning and Leading By Example

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Plan, monitor and cool it

By: Kylee Kohls, CAB It’s a hot topic every summer. “Heat stress is the largest impediment to efficient animal agriculture,” said Rob Rhoads, Virginia Tech. He presented with University of California-Davis colleague Frank Mitloehner for a symposium on the topic at the American Society of Animal Scientists annual meeting in July. Rhoads focused on what…

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