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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
So far, it’s a bad hay year for Missouri. Cool weather, lack of sun and dry soil slowed grass growth. Dry matter per acre is about one-third of what one should expect this time of year, says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension Forage Agronomist.
The annual field day is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and in coordination with the Brazos Area Hay Producers Association. Supporting counties include Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson and Washington.
“There are several things a person can do to prevent their horse from developing heatstroke, or hyperthermia,” said Jason Turner, New Mexico State University’s Extension Equine Specialist. “The most important things are to prepare your horse for a heat stress environment and to be aware of your horse’s body temperature while in that environment.