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Friday, June 6,2014

Advantages/disadvanges of hedging the fall calf crop

by WLJ
With brandings wrapping up, cow/calf producers are busy moving cattle to summer pastures and some have already begun looking at their fall marketing options for the calf crop. Planning ahead can be the key to increasing profit margins, but planning ahead requires gathering information and knowing the options.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Estimating the cost of grazing

by WLJ
Following the 2014 winter, many believed abundant grass would be available for summer grazing in South Dakota. However, explained Shannon Sand, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist, producers are now asking the question: Where has all of the grazing land gone?.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Vet's Perspective

by WLJ
As the weather changes and the season turns, spring healthcare and herd management makes reappearance. Vaccinations and deworming should play a key part in managing animals that are moved into a herd, are pre-calving, and are being processed in other similar scenarios (such as during pregnancy evaluations, calf processing, or deworming).

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Friday, May 30,2014

Fed cattle lose $1 on larger show lists

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle trade started fairly early last week with most trade occurring late Wednesday afternoon at lower money than the prior week. Northern Plains live trade was between $143- $144 with some cattle reaching $145. And dressed trade was between $230-$232.

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Friday, May 30,2014

More storage tips to save more hay

by WLJ
The storage site is an important consideration in reducing bale losses. Select a site that is not shaded and is open to breezes to enhance drying conditions. The site should also be well-drained to minimize moisture absorption into the underside of the bales.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Storing large round hay bales

by WLJ
The very dry spring many cattle states have experienced points toward short hay production this summer and expensive hay feeding next winter. As hay is being cut and put in large round bales, it is very important this year to reduce hay storage losses.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Is herd expansion underway?

by WLJ
The effects of many years of cattle herd liquidation and the inevitable decreases in beef production have become glaringly obvious in 2014. Cattle slaughter is down 6.3 percent leading to a 5.7 percent decrease in beef production so far this year.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Corn dwarfed by temperature dip suitable for growing in caves, mines

by WLJ
Cary Mitchell, Professor of Horticulture, said the technique could be particularly useful for growing transgenic crops to produce high value medicinal products such as antibodies for the budding plant-derived industrial and pharmaceutical compounds industry.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Livestock economist talks value of gain projections for feeder cattle

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The current environment for the beef industry includes a limited supply of feeder cattle and stable consumer demand for beef, said Glynn Tonsor, Livestock Economist for Kansas State University (K-State). The environment is driving record high prices for cattle.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Direct marketing for producers of livestock

by WLJ
“Direct marketing in essence removes the middle man from the marketing process,” said Shannon Sand, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist. “It’s an alternative that beginning livestock producers should consider because it markets their product directly to potential customers.

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