Feedlot Focus

Ethanol Movements Impact Distiller Grains as an Input to Cattle Feeding

By : Elliott Dennis, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Much of this past crop year has focused on the larger than normal uncertainty of supply in the grain markets due to delayed planting, slow crop progress, and prevent planting acres. As the supply of corn decreases…

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CAB Insider & Market Updates

MARKET UPDATE By Paul Dykstra From a seller’s perspective, the fed-cattle trade continues to improve, with last week’s numbers making it the third straight week of higher prices since September 9th. Feeders gained a tighter grip on the trade with each passing day last week. Earlier sales in Kansas/Texas were made at $106/cwt. before giving…

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Feeding Elevated Levels of Corn Silage in Finishing Diets

By : Erin Laborie, Nebraska Extension Educator   Feeding corn silage gives cattle feeders the opportunity to capitalize on maximum quality and tonnage of the whole corn plant, while stockpiling large quantities of feed. Photo credit Troy Walz. Corn silage can be an economical feedstuff in finishing diets, especially when corn prices are high. Feeding…

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Feeding Light Test Weight Corn in Growing and Finishing Diets

By : Erin Laborie, Nebraska Extension Educator Cattle feeders that grow their own corn have the opportunity to market light test weight corn through their cattle without sacrificing cattle performance. Photo credit Troy Walz. The number of growing degree days remaining for the season will influence the amount of light test weight corn harvested this…

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The Impact of Basis in Fed Cattle

By: Josh Maples, Assistant Professor & Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University A relationship sometimes overlooked but important to the flow of cattle is the difference between the cash and futures price or the basis. For example, at the end of last week, the 5-area weekly weighted average cash price for all…

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