Steer slaughter continues to run below year ago levels so far this year. This is despite the fact that the quarterly feedlot inventories have shown more steers on feed in 2018 compared to last year. For the year to date, steer slaughter is about 1 percent below last year but in the last four…

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When you see the word “prime” in the name of a cattle operation, you know the goal is top quality. At Hinkle’s Prime Cut Angus near Nevada, Missouri, Kenny and Janyce Hinkle, with their family, aim to raise superior cattle with both maternal and carcass traits.

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Father and son stand overlooking a dun, weaning-age pair, hip deep in golden, late-autumn pasture and imagine dozens more lining the hills next year. It’s a practice once shared between Bill Marker and his son Mike, and now between Mike and his son Nathan and even when they are unaccompanied…

Beautiful fall weather this past week was a welcome relief to wheat pasture producers.  Driving around western Oklahoma the past few days confirmed two impressions for me.  First, there is a lot of wheat, some ready to graze and, with the moisture we have received, there will abundant wheat …

Sunshine finally appeared late last week raising hopes that Oklahoma will dry out and get summer crop harvest and wheat pasture grazing back on track. However, at least some rain is in the forecast in the coming days. It has been an unusual fall. According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the last 3…

U.S. beef trade continued the impressive performance of recent months in the latest monthly trade data for August.

Supply and demand flows for most agricultural markets are commonly summarized in the form of supply and utilization tables, often called the balance sheet.

Winter wheat pasture continues to develop rapidly in Oklahoma. Some pasture will be ready for grazing in the next few weeks. As a result, strong stocker cattle demand is evident. Despite a 32 percent year-over-year increase in combined auction volume this past week, average Oklahoma auction …

The latest Cattle on Feed report showed a Sept. 1 feedlot inventory of 11.125 million head, a record for the month since the current data series began in 1996. The Sept. 1 inventory was 105.9 percent of one year ago. A 12-month moving average of monthly feedlot inventories shows that, over t…

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Cattlemen from across Kansas gathered at Kansas State University’s Beef Stocker Unit to share information with researchers and other cattle producers on upcoming changes in the beef industry. This year’s conference focused on continuing market trends, innovative uses of a traditional feedstu…

There appears to be considerable interest and excitement about winter wheat grazing this year. The Sept. 11 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress report shows 2 percent of Oklahoma winter wheat planted, equal to the previous five-year average…

Total beef exports were up 16.8 percent year over year in July contributing to a year-to-date increase of 15 percent for the first seven months of the year. Japan, the largest beef export market, had a monthly increase of 12.9 percent and is up 7.5 percent for the year to date. No. 2 market …

Oklahoma producers interested in dual-purpose or forage-only wheat for winter grazing often prefer to plant winter wheat in early to mid-September if conditions permit. For grain-only, winter wheat is typically planted mid to late October. Conditions are generally favorable for early wheat p…

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture cattle on feed report shows the Aug. 1 feedlot inventory was 11.09 million head, up 4.6 percent from one year ago. This is the largest August on-feed total in the cattle-on-feed data series going back to 1996. The August total is down from the previo…

Producers consider many factors when it comes to the health of their cattle herd or favorite horse, from gashes in their sides to vaccines for foot rot. Cherryvale Veterinary Clinic veterinarian Paul Cotterill, warned producers about many serious diseases in cattle and use-related injuries i…

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Producers searching for profit intensifiers in a peaking cattle market will find new technology, cost-cutting strategies and on-ranch efficiencies, but may miss the main price producer of modern markets — the consumer.

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Despite a more-than-welcome rainy morning last Friday, southwest Missouri cattlemen and cattlewomen packed the meeting room at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center to learn how to survive the current drought.

Agricultural markets are caught in a whirlwind of trade disruptions. Direct market shocks will lead to ripple effects likely to affect most agricultural markets worldwide in the coming months. It’s important to have a global perspective of major agricultural markets in order to anticipate ho…

Total beef consumption in China in 2018 is estimated at 8.5 million metric tons, second only to the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. On a per capita basis, this is just over 6 kilograms (carcass basis) or about 9.4 pounds per person (retai…

According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, China is the fourth largest beef producing country in the world behind the U.S., Brazil and the European Union. 2018 Chinese beef production is estimated at 7.3 million metric tons — 58 percent of …

In early June, I traveled some 3,500 miles across China by train. The high-speed trains provided a brief (literally) glimpse of a wide cross-section of the Chinese countryside in a large circle from Beijing to Xian to Chengdu to Shanghai and back to Beijing. The bullet trains travel at speed…

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In Madison, Kansas, family roots run almost as deep as the resilient native bluestem grasses on the Luthi family cattle operation. Four generations work together to balance quality cattle and quality time on this expansive and diverse Flint Hills ranch.

For the cattle industry, July 4 not only is a celebration of our nation’s independence but also represents summer beef demand for grilled steaks and burgers. The holiday falls on Wednesday this year and doesn’t stretch into a long weekend, thereby limiting activities and most likely beef dem…

The June 1 cattle on feed report showed a feedlot inventory of 11.553 million head of cattle in feedlots of more than 1,000 head capacity. This is the largest June 1 feedlot inventory in the data series that began in 1996. It is the 18th straight month of year-over-year increases and, in fac…

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When the Laytons first started raising show pigs about nine years ago, they didn’t know exactly what to expect — and selling a Champion Yorkshire boar for $150,000 at the 2018 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, wasn’t even on their radar.

As expected, supply pressures continue to build in beef markets. Beef production so far this year is up 3.6 percent on larger cattle slaughter and increased carcass weights. Year-to-date cattle slaughter is up 3.8 percent driven by increases in female slaughter. Heifer slaughter is up 8 perc…

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Pond maintenance, structure and health play a vital role in cattle well-being. As water quality and availability becomes critical for Greenwood County landowners, many are turning to organizations like the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection …

Worldwide, beef trade this year has been impressive. For April, the U.S. and Australia led the way regarding gains in tonnage of beef sold compared to a year ago. In terms of value, the U.S. remained the top exporter of beef and variety meats and posted a 20 percent dollar-value increase com…

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Lured away by softly dished foreheads and curious black eyes, Christy Ratliff spent much of her childhood days at dairy shows abandoning her grandfather’s Holsteins and Ayrshires for the undeniable magnetism of Jerseys.

Markets generally do a very efficient job of allocating resources and achieving optimal outcomes. However, markets sometimes fail to provide efficient and socially desirable results. Market failure is usually the result of situations where market participants do not fully recognize and incor…

The Jan. 1, 2018, beef cow herd inventory of 31.723 million head was very close to the 2009 herd size of 31.794 million head a decade earlier. However, the industry has been through quite a bit since then and some short- and long-term changes are evident in the current situation among major …

The heifer contribution to beef production depends on both heifer slaughter and heifer carcass weights. Heifer slaughter varies cyclically with additional heifer retention during herd expansion and reduced retention during liquidation, thus providing much of the variation in beef production …

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These days it seems like our entire world revolves around electronic devices — smartphones, computers and tablets. From Facebook and Instagram to emails and text messages, we’re constantly checking and updating information.

U.S. beef exports for the first three months of the year are up 12.2 percent with March up 11.4 percent. So far in 2018, the U.S. has exported beef to 100 different countries. However, 85 of those countries only account for 5.9 percent of year to date beef exports. The top 15 beef export mar…

As the breeding season for spring calving herds is now underway, understanding heat stress in cattle takes on increased importance. Producers who choose to synchronize and then artificially inseminate replacement heifers or adult cows need to understand the impact that increased daytime temp…

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Improving delicate details became a theme during the annual Kansas State University Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day held in Parsons, Kansas. As stateexperts gave summaries of their research and practical applications for farmers and ranchers, an emphasis on minute improvements in prof…

The latest Drought Monitor shows rapid expansion of the exceptional drought (D4) area to include about 38 million acres with another 126 million acres of D3 (extreme drought) conditions. Parts of the drought region received some rain in the past 10 days; enough to slow expansion of drought c…

The April 1 inventory of feedlots over 1,000 head capacity was 11.729 million head, up 7.4 percent from last year. This report was very close to pre-report estimates and contained no surprises. Feedlot marketings in March were 96.1 percent of last year, just about even with last year conside…

Every year at "preg" checking time, ranchers evaluate cows and make decisions as which to remove from the herd. One criteria that should be examined to cull cows is udder quality. Beef cattle producers are not as likely to think about udder health and shape as are dairy producers, but this a…

In the face of growing beef production, all eyes are on beef demand in 2018. Beef production is up about 1.5 percent so far this year but total production is projected to increase roughly 5 percent year over year by the end of the year.

Those who gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Oklahoma State University’s new state-of-the-art dairy barn — a highlight of animal science alumni weekend last week on the Stillwater campus — said the much-needed refresh will help the university keep pace with a rapidly changing industr…

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