Beef demand challenges ahead
Beef production is falling at the end of 2013 and is expected to fall sharply in the coming year. This reduction in beef supply will add significant additional pressure to increase wholesale and retail beef prices.
Calf health more than just giving a shot
Every autumn, cow/calf producers reach for magic vaccines which will prevent their calves from getting sick. Calves’ immune systems are capable of protecting against the majority of disease threats.
Pork expansion may prop up corn prices
An expanding livestock production sector could add value to corn in coming months — welcome news for growers who saw corn and soybean prices fall in the wake of an EPA-proposed decrease in the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.
MU meetings focus on dairy safety net
Dairy farmers are operating without a financial safety net.
Watch winter cow condition
Winter is a time of increased vigilance for livestock producers, according to Tom Troxel, animal scientist at the University of Arkansas.
Cattle markets foretell 2014 expectations
The counter-seasonal behavior of cattle markets this fall indicates the transition that is occurring in beef and cattle markets.
Thinking outside the stocker box
Oklahoma winter wheat is mostly emerged and more than two-thirds is rated good to excellent condition. However, from a forage standpoint, most of the wheat is delayed in development and will need another two to three weeks before stocker turnout.
Beef cattle export potential
Promoting modern beef cattle production practices utilized by Kansas farmers and ranchers and high quality Kansas beef products will be priorities for the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) during an upcoming trade mission to Russia Oct. 23 - Nov. 2.
Research-based tips for the heifer replacement selection
There are some important research-based tips that should be used to select and develop replacement heifers that will improve longevity of any cattle herd.
Falling feed prices push hogs back to profitable
Hog production is returning to profitability as feed prices fall, and a reduction in slaughter numbers seems to show that producers are noticing, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.
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