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Friday, August 29,2014

Cow/calf returns record high; start planning now

by WLJ
Since the early 1970s, the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) has estimated cow/calf returns over cash costs plus pasture rent based on typical production and marketing practices in the Southern Plains, but does not include other economic costs like family labor and management.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Watch hay moisture to minimize storage losses

by WLJ
As Hernandez explained, hay storage losses are around 5 percent when it is harvested at 15 percent moisture and stored under dry conditions. “Stored forages provide essential nutrients for livestock when pastures are inadequate and are a consistent feed supply for dairies, sheep flocks, cow/ calf producers, and beef feedlots.

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Friday, August 22,2014

WEEKLY FEEDER CATTLE SUMMARY; Aug. 22

by WLJ
Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves traded very uneven with calves ranging from steady to 5.00 higher to steady to 5.00 lower.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
An enemy sits in Washington, DC, and refuses for years to allocate funds for its employees to travel to ranchers, farms or cattlemen’s meetings, likely for the specific reason of maintaining no chance of their underlings for fraternizing with ‘their’ enemy.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Corn prices impact wheat, stocker cattle decisions

by WLJ
With all the rain in July, things are looking a little more optimistic for wheat and stocker cattle operators than in the past four years in the Rolling Plains of Texas and southern Oklahoma, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Hoop systems for beginning ranchers

by WLJ
During a recent multiple production system bus tour, participants learned how controlled environments may provide an option for expanding beef production in South Dakota, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Feeder cattle prices and the economics of stocker production

by WLJ
The rollback in price between stocker purchase price and feeder sales price, along with overall price level, is the principal determinant of the gross margin, i.e., value of gain, for stocker production. For example, Oklahoma feeder prices last week indicated that the value of 250 pounds of gain for a 450-pound steer was $1.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Manure management for the small farm

by WLJ
Small farms are different than large farms; the challenges of managing manure nutrients are different but the principles are the same. Small farms may have fewer animals and sometimes several animal species on the same farm. Those farms could also have limited acreage and possibly lack the equipment necessary for spreading manure.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Marbling matters as weaning time approaches

by WLJ
Marbling in cattle—the taste fat—was long considered the feedlot’s responsibility, until research pointed to opportunities all the way back to the ranch. Genetic potential is a key, and deposition of this intramuscular fat links to management decisions much earlier than those final months on feed.

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Friday, August 22,2014

PLC annual meeting on grazing

by WLJ
Public Lands Council (PLC) will hold its annual meeting Sept. 3-6 in the southwest Colorado town of Ignacio. PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to representing ranchers with public land grazing rights.

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