Stocker Special

Beef Stocker Field Day To Be Held Virtually

Courtesy of kla.org A beef market outlook, making alternative ration ingredient changes work and limit feeding are among topics to be discussed at the 2020 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Virtual Field Day. The limit feeding presentation will specifically focus on management and nutrition requirements and the economic aspects of this type of feeding program.…

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Transportation Shrink in Beef Cattle

By : Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist A better understanding of factors affecting shrink should help buyers and sellers of cattle to arrive at a fair pencil shrink under specific marketing conditions. Types of Shrink. There are two types of shrink.  One is excretory which is the loss of urine and feces.  When ambient…

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Don’t Take Chances with Your Nutrition Program

“Leave nothing to chance.” That is perhaps one of the most important lessons that Spencer Nero learned during his time at college. He didn’t learn it from some educated professor in a giant lecture hall. Instead, he learned it from the late Nathan Payne, owner and operator at Bud’s Barbershop along The Strip in Stillwater,…

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Winter wheat grazing prospects

By : Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Winter wheat is used for grain-only, forage-only or dual-purpose systems targeting cattle grazing and grain production.  In the Southern Plains, stocker producers interested in grazing winter wheat pastures often begin planting wheat in late August or early September. The desire to jump-start wheat…

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Preconditioning and preparing calves for fall markets

By Jacques Fuselier, DVM, DACT, DABVP, Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health COVID-related impacts on the beef industry have many producers wondering when is the best time to market this year’s calf crop and asking if it pays to hold calves and put extra weight on them. Livestock economists say the key this year may…

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