Feed accounts for 65 percent to 80 percent of total beef production costs. With grain prices at their highest levels ever, finding a way to lower those costs is important to cattle producers. Feed management practices go only so far, however. A more promising tool for cattle producers is genetic selection for improved feed efficiency.
Corn crop residue is practical for feeding dry, gestating beef cows in mid-gestation providing they have average or better body condition. Managed correctly, one acre of corn residue can yield up to 60 animal unit grazing days (60 days of grazing for a 1,000-pound animal).
At the recent Century Farm Ranch Ceremony, 17 farms and two ranches from 11 counties were inducted as century farms, and Steve Gilbert of Gilbert Ranches in Linn County and Samuel Dement of Dement Ranch in Curry County were honored at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, bringing the total number of Oregon century farms and ranches to 1,101.
Within the last year, many uncertainties have sprouted in the beef industry. Two major areas important to the future survival and success of the beef industry are potential governmental policy changes affecting beef production systems and beef pricing.
Artificial insemination (AI) techniques that work well with cattle and swine can be difficult or costly to perform in sheep, but helps on the way, thanks to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) studies in Fort Collins, CO.
Despite the economy of the beef industry, the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) reports growth during the last fiscal year. During 2008-2009, the association had an increase in total animal registrations and new memberships.
Fed cattle trade was in progress early last week with northern Plains and Corn Belt feedlots seizing the opportunity to move cattle at prices $1-2 higher than the previous week. Dressed trade was done on Wednesday at $131- 132 while live trade in the north occurred at $84-85.