As we near the one-year anniversary of winter storm Atlas, the ranching people and communities devastated by the storm would like to say “thank you” to everyone who rallied behind us and extended such kindness and generosity toward us over the course of the past year.
“Hay inventories for the upcoming winter feeding could fall a bit short in some areas across the state, while other areas have an abundant quantity, but may not have the quality,” said Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist.
As corn prices steadily fall as word of a record corn crop grows with every telling, animal ag producers rejoice. Cheap corn means cheap feed. Cheap feed means better margins for those raising livestock that eat corn.
“Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations. A large quantity of feed can be harvested from a relatively small land area in a short period of time, especially with modern corn genetics and silage harvesting equipment,” Rusche said.
The bluetongue virus, which causes a serious disease that costs the cattle and sheep industries in the United States an estimated $125 million annually, manages to survive the winter by reproducing in the insect that transmits it, report veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis.
He explained by pointing out that a 1,250-pound young cow has approximately the same current value as does a feeder calf suitable for backgrounding. “Using today’s cheaper feedstuffs and the existing bull battery, she could be exposed to breeding for a fall calf,” he said.
Patterson told Dent County beef producers how to improve calving success as heifers join the cow herd. Beef farmers enrolled in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program have increased live births with calving-ease genetics. However, getting heifers pregnant takes long-term planning for nutrition and prebreeding exams.
Cash fed trade was slow to develop last week as packers were trying to mitigate recently very red margins and everyone was collectively holding their breath for the Friday release of the Cattle on Feed report. Even by Thursday, bids were limited to $155-156 live in the Southern Plains and $242-244 dressed in the Corn Belt.
The wildfires that have raged through much of the West this past summer took a heavy toll on cattle, grazing land, fences and ranchers striving to survive one of the most devastating droughts ever recorded. Now many cattle producers are wondering if they will be allowed.