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The cattle industry, like everyone else, is more than ready to move past 2020 and into a new year. While the industry will start the year with a new slate, there are numerous factors in place that will shape markets for, at least, the first few months of 2021. Cattle markets face a mix of op…

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Undeterred by the uncertainty of 2020, the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council, along with Kansas State University, hosted this year’s Winter Forage Conference virtually. Keynote speakers covered an array of topics from pasture management to a yearlong breakdown of regional hay markets.

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Much of 2020 has been preoccupied with daily and weekly slaughter numbers, carcass weights and boxed beef prices, along with monthly cattle on feed dynamics. The intertemporal volatility through the year adds to challenge of assessing what, exactly, is the situation regarding the cattle cycl…

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The December Cattle on Feed report showed that we are back where we started one year ago with December 1 feedlot inventories just equal to last year. November placements were down 8.9 percent from one year ago. November marketings were 98 percent of last year. The report was well anticipated…

As Philip and Hollee Terry and their three kids were putting the finishing touches on a radiant rising sun at the center of a new mural on the west side of their shop, they had no idea the bright future that would soon dawn for their small meat processing business.

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Despite the extraordinary volatility and dynamics of meat industries and food markets in 2020, total meat production for the year is projected just 1.2 percent lower than pre-COVID forecasts. As this year winds down, the pandemic is still raging going into 2021 but with expectations that vac…

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The feedlot industry displays amazing dynamics over the course of a typical year…and of course, 2020 has been anything but a typical year. The November 1 cattle on feed inventory was 11.97 million head of cattle, up 1.3 percent from one year ago. Exactly what to expect in fed cattle markets …

As a young boy growing up in Central Nebraska, we had a spring calving cow herd. The “calving shed” that was available to us was one side of a large red barn. This barn was built in the early part of the 20th century and had stalls on one side that were meant to stall draft horses. Because w…

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For swine producers, biosecurity is nothing new; it’s always on the mind. As concerns about African Swine Fever virus grow, experts are taking a closer look at protocols in every step of the production process.

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Feeder cattle markets have displayed very dynamic movements this fall that have implications for cow-calf and stocker producers. Figure 1 shows how feeder cattle prices have evolved this fall using price-weight lines for three different weeks in August, October and November.

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By many measures, beef demand has remained remarkably strong since the pandemic started in March. The first half of the year was characterized by unparalleled disruptions in both beef supply and demand. By the end of June, cattle slaughter was mostly recovered; and has been thus far in the s…

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Active duty combat medic to zucchini bread savant sounds like a heck of a career transition. But, for Arkansas City, Kansas, farmer Chris Palmberg the journey from Kansas to Iraq and back again taught some hard lessons about ingenuity, responsibility and the ability to create value out of du…

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Bucking bull business has changed mightily since owner Gene Owen began buying in 1985. Today, the best bulls are based more on good breeding and quality care than a bad attitude and Owen’s ability to roll with the changing tides of trend has landed him with top bovine competitors at the 2020…

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The early winter storm in late October brought timely and much-needed rain to much of Oklahoma and sharply reduced drought conditions. The latest weekly Oklahoma Drought Monitor showed D0-D4 conditions of 26.13 percent, down from 52.06 percent the prior week. With much of the winter wheat cr…

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There is something incredibly satisfying about seemingly simple pursuits completed to perfection. Whether it’s watching a master craftsman building furniture or a baker decorating a cake, there is a hypnotizing quality about a person dedicating themselves to achieving even mundane tasks with…

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An unexpected arctic storm last week extended south across the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas and across much of Oklahoma. The storm brought timely and much-needed moisture in the midst of ongoing La Niña conditions that have kept the southern part of the U.S. warmer and drier than usual. …

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A large winter storm is advancing across the central U.S. bringing cold temperatures and some much-needed moisture. Oklahoma is expected to see a first freeze and precipitation ranging from rain to freezing rain to ice to snow though mid-week. Farther north and west, snow and cold are blanke…

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According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the last thirty days are the sixth driest on record for this period in the state of Oklahoma. The situation is much more extreme in the western part of the state with the Panhandle, North Central, West Central and Southwest regions all reporting the driest …

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Cattle slaughter for the year-to-date through the week ending September 26, 2020 was down 3.6% year over year. This includes a 4.2% decrease in steer and heifer slaughter; a 1.2% decrease in total cow slaughter; and a 3.7% decrease in bull slaughter so far this year. Varying slaughter patter…

10. The neighbor gets a new yellow truck — nope, it’s just covered with pollen.

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Most of western Oklahoma has received little or no moisture in the past two to three weeks advancing drought conditions once again. From the worst levels in early July, drought conditions in Oklahoma had generally improved until mid-September. In the past two weeks, the Drought Monitor map f…

Coyotes are an elusive and challenging predator, especially for cattlemen. But beyond the sharp howls and missing calves, coyotes are cunning canines that make population control much more complex than point and shoot methods can mitigate.

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