When commodity prices are high and incomes are up, farmers often can borrow money to plant their spring crop with almost no questions asked by lenders. That is not the case this year, said a Purdue University agricultural economist.
In the middle of the 20th century, the traditional method of raising and finishing cattle on the farm gave way to a newer concept of Midwest-based feedlots that could take advantage of low priced grain and improved transportation to finish and market beef in vast quantities.
When HBOs Temple Grandin aired Feb. 6, farmers and ranchers across the country tuned in to honor Temple Grandins work in improving the care of cattle. Grandin, living with autism, revolutionized livestock handling by tapping into her ability to see the world in a different way to develop a deeper understanding of animal behavior.
Cattlemen know marbling is important, and they keep hearing about ways to give it a head start. Early weaning onto a high-starch grain ration sounds promising, but could it be risky? The price of corn and potential for lighter carcass weights keep some producers from taking that route.
Kirk Hain, Seward, NE, was selected as the 2010 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, CO. Hain was selected for the award by his peersother Hereford herdsmen and breedersand was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan.