Less cattle on feed; Strong prices close year
With most auctions closed the next two weeks, last week’s combined Oklahoma auction summary was the final report for the year.
Changes in U.S.-Mexican cattle trade
Cattle and beef trade between the U.S. and Mexico has evolved over many years to increasingly complex and integrated levels. The long history of Mexican cattle exports to the U.S. was supplemented in the late 1990s with increased U.S. beef exports to Mexico.
Winter weather can increase fescue foot issues
Fescue is a great fall and winter forage, thanks to its ability to be stockpiled for grazing during cold, snowy weather.
"Unfortunately, as winter weather sets in and temperatures drop below freezing some fescue pastures may contain high levels of toxins such as ergovaline.
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.
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