Industry News

Preparing for Calving Season

By : Olivia Amundson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Courtesy of extension.sdstate.edu   Whether the calving season will start soon or is a few months away, it’s never a bad time to start preparing for the arrival of fresh calves on the ground. Here are some things to consider prior to the beginning of calving. 1. Nutritional needs of the cow or heifer prior to calving.…

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NCBA on New Water Rule: “Some Power Has Been Put Back in Hands of Landowners”

WASHINGTON (Jan. 23, 2020) – NCBA President Jennifer Houston today released the following statement in response to the finalization of a new water rule: “This is the last regulatory step in a long-fought battle to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and replace it with common-sense regulation. The 2015 WOTUS rule was an illegal effort to assert control over private property – and we…

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Weekly Livestock Comments for January 17, 2020

By : Dr. Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee FED CATTLE: Fed cattle traded steady compared to last week. Prices on a live basis were mainly $124 while dressed prices were mostly $198 to $199. The 5-area weighted average prices thru Thursday were $124.00 live, even com-pared to last week and $199.07 dressed, up $0.43 from a week ago.…

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Live Cattle Basis

This Week’s Author Matthew Diersen, Risk & Business Management Specialist Ness School of Management & Economics, South Dakota State University The beginning of the year brings an opportunity to update and analyze basis data. Basis, the difference between cash and futures prices, can be tracked and used to forecast local cash prices when hedging. For live cattle, basis is usually computed versus the nearby contract throughout…

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Calf Slaughter Changes Tied to Dairy Herd Management

In both the U.S. dairy and beef sectors, there has been lots of discussion during the last couple of years about producing crossbred calves, mostly Holstein cows bred to beef-type black bulls. Virtually all U.S. veal comes from calves that originated in the dairy sector. Dairy-origin (e.g., Holstein) calves also are inputs into the beef production system (typically entering feedlots at 350- to 450-pounds). There has…

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