Cow pregnancy rates affected by disposition
Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament. Producers that routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination.
Watch out for ‘hardware disease’
Livestock owners need to scan their pastures for storm debris that could prove fatal to their cattle, goats and horses, said Tom Troxel, associate head, animal science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Cow/Calf Corner: Fewer cattle on feed
The April Cattle on Feed report showed that feedlot inventories as of April 1 were 10.86 million head, 99 percent of inventories one year ago. March placements were down 3.7 percent from last year; a surprise compared to the pre-report expectations for placements to be up slightly year over year.
Beef, cattle prices up across the board
The first quarter of 2014 saw unprecedented prices for all classes of cattle and beef. Retail beef prices moved sharply higher in March for both Choice and All Fresh beef.
Pressure builds on cattle prices
With boxed beef prices down sharply from the second rollercoaster high of the year, fed cattle prices may have peaked seasonally.
Fed prices are currently holding mostly steady near $150/cwt. but will likely decrease into May as fed cattle marketings increase seasonally. Cattle slaughter typically increases from April through May to seasonal peaks in June.
Shortening breeding and calving seasons
Calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season are often the heaviest in their contemporary group at weaning, and that advantage often carries through to harvest, if the producer retains ownership.
Late spring adds to cattle challenges
A myriad of factors are at work in cattle and beef markets now. Spring has arrived according to the calendar but it isn’t obvious yet in many parts of the country. Cold weather continues to delay grass green-up in many regions in a fashion that is reminiscent of last year.
Beef Talk: Are your cows ready to rebreed?
The question of the day: Are the cows ready to breed? I hope the nutritional plan is in place and the cows are doing fine. Although nutritional adjustments can be made if needed, precalving should be a time of contentment for the cow, so all she needs to do is enjoy late-term pregnancy.
How much is a good bull worth?
I often get the question “How much should I pay for a bull?” My first answer is “Whatever the market will bear.”
Slaughter cow market following seasonal pattern — only more so
Boning cow prices in Oklahoma City were reported at just over $102/cwt. in the first week of March. This level suggests that March slaughter cow prices will exhibit a more than seasonal price increase.
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